Otherside Forest Adventures

Group of homeschool kids gatthered at Forest Floor program in the forest with huge smiles having fun

Otherside Forest Adventures at Otherside Farm

Join us at our new West Buncombe location at Otherside Farm in the Leicester/Sandy Mush area.

Parents can drop-off/pick-up directly at Otherside Farm or take advantage of our new convenient in-town drop-off/pick-up location on the corner of New Leicester Hwy & Newfound Rd – only 7 minutes from West Asheville.

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

Otherside Farm – Leicester

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Options:
Jessi Cake Bakeshop (with shuttle van)
Otherside Farms
This program has its own drop-off and pick-up times and policies. Please see the info below in the Logistics section.

Time: 9:30 am - 4:15 pm

Fridays, Sept. 13 - Dec. 20
Breaks for Earthskills Rendezvous 10/18
Breaks for Thanksgiving 11/29
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
Kids goofing around by the creek with camp cups and making funny faces at Forest Floor Wilderness programs


Drop-off/Pick-up Locations

Otherside Forest Adventures takes place at  Otherside Farm and has special drop-off & pick-up times and policies different from other programs.

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

Jessi Cake Bakeshop (with van shuttle to Otherside Farm)
480 Dix Creek Rd, Leicester, NC
Drop-off between 9:15 am - 9:30 am (no late drop-off)
Pick-up between 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Otherside Farm (at program location no shuttle)
45 Sandy Mush Creek Rd, Leicester, 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 Jessi Cake Bakeshop Drop-off: Shuttle van leaves promptly at 9:35 am. Anyone dropping-off at Jessi Cake Bakeshop in the morning must arrive by 9:35 am at the latest or the shuttle van will be enroute to Otherside Farm and parents must instead drive to Otherside Farm for drop-off or miss that day.

No Late Otherside Farm Pick-up: All instructors leave with the shuttle van promptly at 3:55 pm. Anyone picking-up at Otherside Farm in the afternoon must arrive by 3:55 pm at the latest. Any children not picked up at Otherside Farm by 3:55 pm will be loaded into the passenger van and taken to Jessi Cake Bakeshop 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.