Youth Courses

Connect with Nature and Come Alive.  Our one of kind programs have kids connecting deeply with nature, community and self. Living Earth School Youth programs are for ages 5 – 18, and run in the summer as well as through the school year.  Below are the current courses and programs being offered.

SUMMER CAMPS

SUMMER DAY CAMPS

Jun 18 – Aug 17 all-day Ages: 7 - 12
Voted the #1 Day Camp in Charlottesville! The Living Earth Day Camps are a one-of-a-kind nature camp experience. We have been voted a favorite summer day camp for over 7 years!!  We will spend the week exploring the mountains, streams and other wild places. Campers work together in small groups learning about the natural world,[...]

Featuring new themed day camps!! Click here to see all summer day camps.

SUMMER OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Jun 24 – Aug 11 all-day Ages: 8+
Earth Roots is our foundation overnight camp, designed for both new and returning campers.  Get back to your roots and learn the philosophy of living close to nature, wilderness survival, and nurture your connection to the earth.  We will explore the surrounding forests, swim in mountain streams, as we discover more about the magical world[...]
Jul 1 – Jul 6 all-day Ages 11+
Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow? This is for real and this is your chance to do it! 1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp. This is a camp that has been requested over the years.  There is a limited amount of space in[...]
Jul 22 – Jul 26 all-day Ages: 12+
Advanced Ancient Ways is for ages 12+. Campers must have completed 1 year of Ancient Ways previously. This camp will take a small group of advanced campers to the next edge, living off the land and living as their own tribe.  It is sure to push ones skills in a fun and supportive way.  Are[...]
Jul 22 – Jul 27 all-day Ages: 11+
This camp is for campers who have been to Earth Roots for 2 years.  Here campers will further their knowledge and become a tribe in a sense, living close to the earth and interweaving primitive living skills into daily camp life.  We will spend much of our time living like the ancient ones and moving[...]
Jul 29 – Aug 3 all-day Ages: 12+
This camp is for campers who have attended at least one year of Earth Roots. In this week-long camp.  We will explore fire in depth.  We will learn to make fire with many different methods including bow-drill, hand-drill, flint and steel, fire plow and more. Fire has been a friend to many.  It is at the[...]
Aug 6 – Aug 11 all-day Ages 11+
Make your own knife and sheath and leather backpack or shoes! 1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp. Come join in on this BRAND NEW Living Earth Camp! Soon to be a camper favorite!  Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, and a pair of[...]

SUMMER TEEN EXPEDITIONS

Jun 23 – Jun 29 all-day Ages: 13+
“The inner and outer journey.”  This camp is for campers who have attended at least one year of Earth Roots.  Come alive with adventure and discover the beauties of nature accessible only by foot. We will leave behind the modern world and use only what we carry on our backs, our own resourcefulness and gifts[...]

WEEKLY HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Jan 10 – Feb 14 all-day Ages 8+
  If survival and living off the land is your thing, then join us for some Wintery Homeschool Adventures and put your skills to the test! Join us for: Fire making, crafting, hanging out in our tipi, making our own winter-hardy shelters, tracking animals through snow and winter mud, finding springs in the forest and making[...]
Mar 7 – May 17 all-day Ages 8 - 18
The Living Earth School offers homeschool nature studies programs in the Charlottesville and Goochland/Richmond, Virginia area. The programs are offered in the Spring and Fall for ages 8 and up. Groups will divided according to age and experience level, and will be guided by a skilled mentor. Get your homeschoolers Nature Connected, under the guided[...]
Mar 13 – May 8 all-day Ages 8+
The Living Earth School is super excited to be bringing our home school nature connection programs to the Goochland / Richmond area. This is an opportunity for homeschoolers to come together in a community setting and learn about the natural world, themselves, and each other, through earth-based mentoring. We’ve made such great connections and had[...]

ONCE A MONTH SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS

Feb 24 – May 19 all-day Boys Ages 8 - 15
These Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held within the caring support of our skilled Nature Mentors! We have found these programs to be an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. Come join us for deep connections with nature, community and self,[...]
Feb 24 – May 19 all-day Girls Ages 8 - 15
These Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held within the caring support of our skilled Nature Mentors! We have found these programs to be an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. Come join us for deep connections with nature, community and self,[...]

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
This Weekend Camp is designed for families.  Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow, let alone making one with your child? What a gift to be able to do this together and to cultivate this shared skill as a family.  This is for real and this is your chance[...]
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 5 @ 3:00 pm Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
Enjoy family time while you learn earth skills. Create an Herbal Medicine Kit for your Family! -OR- Imagine how amazing it would feel to walk in a hand crafted shoe made exactly for you, by ………you! -OR- Create your very own bag, designed for your unique lifestyle!  Beauty and function combine in this amazing workshop[...]
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 3:00 pm Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
Enjoy family time while you learn earth skills. Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, or leather bags.  Yes, you can do it all and you can use bags that you’ve made your self, or a beautiful hand crafted knife. This is for real and this is your chance[...]

RITES OF PASSAGE

Note: Moon Tribe for Girls will be offered in 2019. (See Adult page for Moon Tribe for Women offered in 2018).

May 24 – May 27 all-day Girls Ages 11 - 14
Creating A Meaningful Experience That Girls Need Grounded in Nature Empowered Within Bright Lights Shining into the World Moon Tribe for Girls is the beginning of a journey, an initiation experience to transition into young womanhood. Moon Tribe is for girls ages 11-14 years old, or any girl who is ready to embrace a vision of[...]

LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS

PRIVATE GROUP PROGRAMS