One thing Covid has gifted to us is understanding just how powerful it is to have children educated outdoors. Now that schools are opening up again, we at Treewild will continue to provide children with a day in the fresh air, encouraging the unfettered curiosity that is provoked by learning within nature.
Study upon study show how children thrive being in the outdoors. Much of the research has been focused on early childhood, but we firmly believe that no matter the age, every child deserves one day in their week that is hands-on, unplugged and experiential.
A Treewild day is full of activities that engage skills in the natural sciences, physics, the arts, language, and mathematics. It is Field Work at its best. Treewild Forest Classroom is led by renowned outdoor classroom specialist, Joplin James. As always, Treewild is committed to being very COVID-safe.
Treewild Forest Classroom is a year-long program that runs from 9am to 3pm on Tuesdays (for K-2) and Wednesdays (3rd-up.) In 2021, our opening day is September 28th, and after that, we will follow the CVSD school calendar for all major holidays. Treewild is located on Thompson Road in Shelburne, Vermont.
Treewild does not usually take off for weather. We focus on appropriate clothing and use a variety of warming techniques to keep the children comfortable. We have a Mongolian Ger with a wood stove, the Dodeca with a smokeless fire, and we move around often to keep comfortable. We take a child’s safety quite seriously, and are also attentive to stretching their capabilities and developing both courage and tenacity.
Treewild is committed to creating a diverse and delightful group of children through our application process, with a generous sliding scale for tuition and scholarships for New and Native Americans.