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Outdoor Education

In a culture increasingly disconnected from nature, the Homestead School places great importance in fostering a deep love and connection to the natural world.

Experiences in nature provide unmatched developmental opportunities that an indoor classroom cannot offer. It also instills a sense of calm, peace, and harmony, which aids in creating healthy sleep cycles and mood improvement.

At the Homestead, we:

  • Explore our deep, untouched woods through regular nature hikes and time for unstructured free play
  • Play in the stream as we learn about ecology, aquatic animals and plants, and have fun dam building
  • Have lunch at Big-V, our giant sand hill left by the retreating glaciers, at the treehouse or on one of the forest theater stages, on the boardwalk in the marshlands, or by the stream
  • Sled down the hills and track animal prints in the winter
  • Play games in the large field
  • Learn to grow our own food

and so much more.

“There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them, in a real forest. Something emanates from those trees which speaks to the soul, something no book, no museum is capable of giving.” – Maria Montessori