Mountain Mondays
Homeschool Program

Homeschool kids playing in the creek at forest school near Asheville

Mountain Mondays Overview

Turn away from your screens, and walk out into the forest to experience the magic of the Fall with our experienced nature connection mentors. With the heat of the summer slowly turning to the eventual cold of winter, the Fall is a wonderful time to bathe in the colors of the turning leaves and soak up the sun before the days shorten.

Our core curriculum has been carefully crafted since 2011 to provide a progressive learning journey and comprehensive foundation in deeply relating to the natural world. Through games, stories and exploration children learn:

Outdoor Safety and Awareness • Animal Tracking • Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants • Wilderness Survival Skills • Bird Language • Ancient Crafts • Ecology • Community • Self-Discovery, and much more

Ages: 7-11

Shope Creek Wilderness

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Options:
Haw Creek Commons (with shuttle van)
Shope Creek Wilderness
We have new drop-off and pick-up times and policies just for Mondays. Please see the info below in the Logistics section.

Time: 9:15am - 4:30pm

Dates: Mondays, September 9 - December 16
Breaks 10/14 (Earthskills Rendezvous)
Breaks 11/25 (Thanksgiving)
13 program days total

Price: $795

  • Monthly payment plan available
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available (see below)


Registration is now open for Fall 2024.

Please note: Shuttle van reservations are now separate "programs" to add to your order.

Why Choose Forest Floor?

We help children have fun, be healthy, and achieve their fullest potential with nature connection mentoring.

  • Health benefits of nature connection
  • Learn wilderness skills & traditional crafts
  • Meet new friends and reunite with old ones
  • Unforgettable adventures every day
  • Skilled and caring mentors
  • Exciting wilderness experiences
  • Convenient in-town drop-off & pickup
  • Boost long term cognitive & social development
Homeschool kids exploring the forest during early fall class


Drop-off/Pick-up Locations:
Mountain Mondays

Mountain Mondays takes place at  Shope Creek Wilderness and has NEW drop-off & pick-up times and policies different from other programs.

Parents may drop off and pickup at the program location or at Haw Creek Commons for van transportation. To reserve space on the shuttle vans, please add the shuttle van "program" for the appropriate day to your order.

Haw Creek Commons (with van shuttle to Shope Creek)
315 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville NC
Drop-off between 9:15 am - 9:30 am (no late drop-off)
Pick-up between 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Shope Creek Wilderness (at program location no shuttle)
472 Shope Creek Road, Asheville, NC
Drop-off between 10:00 am - 10:10 am
Pick-up between 3:35 pm - 3:50 pm (no late pick-up)



Important Late Drop-off & Pick-up Notes

No Late Haw Creek Commons Drop-off: Shuttle van leaves promptly at 9:35 am. Anyone dropping-off at Haw Creek Commons in the morning must arrive by 9:35 am at the latest or the shuttle van will be enroute to Shope Creek and parents must instead drive to Shope Creek for drop-off or miss that day.

No Late Shope Creek Pick-up: All instructors leave with the shuttle van promptly at 3:55 pm. Anyone picking-up at Shope Creek in the afternoon must arrive by 3:55 pm at the latest. Any children not picked up at Shope Creek by 3:55 pm will be loaded into the passenger van and taken to Haw Creek Commons and will need to be picked up there.

Clothing and Gear

Our programs are all-outdoors, with rain shelters available as needed. Children must arrive each morning fully prepared with a backpack, packed lunch, and clothes appropriate for being out in the weather. Families new to Forest Floor may need to purchase additional gear to ensure their children will be fully equipped for wet and colder weather as the season progresses. For a full packing and clothing list see our FAQ.

Scholarship Information


We offer limited partial scholarships to individuals who otherwise could not afford our programs. 


If you are a family with means, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. Donations of a 1/4, 1/2, or FULL scholarship can be made during the standard registration process. For more substantial donations please contact us to discuss details.


Limited partial scholarships are available. Scholarship funds are generated exclusively from generosity of donations toward the scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds and are awarded based on equitable distribution. Full scholarships will be considered for families in great need, but most scholarship applicants should expect to pay at least half of tuition.

To apply for a scholarship FIRST please register for the program/camp, choose the payment plan option, and only pay a $100 deposit at time of registration.

AFTER RESERVING A SPOT, please follow the link below to fill out the application.

If your scholarship request can't be approved or isn't the amount of discount that you need, we will provide a full refund of the deposit.