Feb 17 2016 – Jan 31 2024 all-day
One-of-a-kind, Meaningful Adventures for your 8th Grade Graduation Trip. Check out the great synergy that we blend with Waldorf philosophy into our dynamic, heart-centered, wilderness expeditions. We can help you with your 8th grade graduation trips.   We run quality programs that are filled with fun, adventure and also honor the individual.   You will find that[...]
Dec 30 2016 @ 7:26 am – Dec 31 2020 @ 8:26 am
Though we accept applications throughout the spring, we recommend getting your application in by February 15 since spots are filling rapidly…apply now! The Living Earth Summer Counselor In Training Program is a transformative leadership-learning opportunity for veteran campers who love LES programs.  This intensive leadership training will give them not only the skills of a[...]
Jan 1 – Dec 31 all-day Ages: 15+
Personal mentoring is an incredible way to jump-start your nature connection journey or to dive into a skill you’ve always wanted to explore. Living Earth School has experienced, fun instructors who are invested in forming a relationship with a student and walking the path of learning together. Are you are an adult looking for a[...]
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 23 @ 9:00 pm Ages: 15+
Ever feel like you want to dive into nature more, but it’s just a big “wall of green”? Ever find your field guides overwhelming? Wish there was a mentor, sage or teacher around to make it easy? Come to these classes to allow a mentor to walk alongside you and make the forest less intimidating![...]
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 4:00 pm Ages: 15+
Did you know that many of the weeds in your yard are actually tasty edibles and powerful medicinals? In this series, empowered with tips from our experienced staff, you’ll go outside to harvest what you need in order to “taste and make”! These are one-off classes, so you can come for one, two or all.[...]
Jun 11 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 25 @ 9:00 pm 18+
GET OUTSIDE! How to get your family out on meaningful and FUN nature adventures. Covid-19 has changed our world in so many ways and has brought into focus what is most important in life once our basic needs are taken care of: meaningful time with our family, slowing down, getting outside. In the past couple[...]
Jun 14 – Aug 14 all-day Ages: 8+
June camps are Cancelled due to COVID-19 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[...]
Jun 15 – Aug 14 all-day Ages: 7 - 13
June camps CANCELLED due to COVID-19. Voted the #1 Day Camp in Charlottesville! The Living Earth Explorers and Themed Day Camps are a one-of-a-kind nature camp experience. We have been voted a favorite summer day camp for over 10 years!!  We will spend the week exploring the mountains, streams and other wild places. Campers work[...]
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm Ages: 7-12
Without in-person summer camps in June, here’s an easy, low-stress way to get your kids out the door and connected to the natural world. Do your child’s eyes shine when a friend tells them about the time they saw a bobcat? Are they inspired by wildlife trackers who can ID animal footprints in the mud?[...]
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm Ages: 7-12
Only adventurers need apply! Nature Quest is for the intrepid child seeking excitement in their own backyard. Instructors guide campers through various age-based and nature oriented missions to get them outside, moving their bodies and breathing fresh air. Examples of these outdoor adventures are: insect safaris scavenger hunts nature art shows survival construction projects The[...]
Jun 16 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm Ages: 14-19
Calling All Teen Leaders! Living Earth’s popular Counselor in Training Program has been giving teens powerhouse leadership skills for 19 summers in a row. Now we are moving some of these lessons online in a course led by Soupy, an instructor that many teens know and love. Soupy brings her personal experience with over seven[...]
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm Ages: 7-12
Come be a natural architect and share your creative endeavors with a community of like-minded builders! In these classes your child will learn key aspects of architecture to make their backyard village structurally sound and visually amazing. Whether your child is more drawn to troll houses and impenetrable forts, or is ready to accept a[...]
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 26 @ 4:00 pm Ages: 9-16
This is a camp for those who like to build! Campers are confronted with a new challenge each day that can only be overcome with the use of simple machines built with whatever natural materials are at hand. Imaginations run wild as campers tap into their creative potential and solve physics-based problems in their own[...]
Jun 20 – Jun 26 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[...]
Jun 22 – Aug 14 all-day Ages: 5 - 6
June camps CANCELLED due to COVID-19 It is now time to have little Living Earth-lings join us for Summer Camp! Do you long to have your younger child connected and at home in the natural world?  We’ve been having parents ask for years, so here it is! Come join the Stepping Stones for fun, first-hand adventures[...]
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 28 @ 3:00 pm Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
CANCELLED due to COVID-19 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[...]
Jun 29 – Aug 14 all-day Ages: 10 - 13
We are excited to announce our new Adventure Day Camps! Come alive with adventure and discover the beauty of our local Blue Ridge Mountains, rivers and other hidden wild gems!  In this day camp, campers will set off from main camp in a van to explore and venture into beautiful wild places.  We will go to a[...]
Jun 29 – Jul 4 all-day Ages: 11-16
Make your own knife and sheath and leather backpack or shoes! 1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp. Join this camp week of crafting your own handmade gear. You can make your own stainless steel knife with sheath, and a pair of leather shoes or leather backpack of choice.  Yes, you can[...]
Jul 5 – Jul 11 all-day Ages: 13+
Come spend a magical week on a wild river in Virginia! Our special week will flow like a river. We will carry all our needs in our canoes, explore, swim, and more.  We will cover expedition planning, canoe stroke techniques, and water safety. We will navigate our way through rapids,  paddle amongst the mountains, cook for ourselves in small[...]
Jul 20 – Jul 24 all-day Ages: 13 - 16
We’re very excited to introduce our first Teen-Only day camp: Keepers of the Arrow. Experienced bowman Paul Cipriani leads this camp for any camper who is 13-17 and has already participated in one LES day camp. The camp will form a tight knit unit during their week at camp by starting with the basics of[...]
Jul 26 – Jul 31 all-day Ages: 13+
This camp is open to all teenagers.  There is no prerequisite requirement. One thing that shaped Kate and Hub (and many LES staff) into being lovers of life was all the adventures they did in their teens and early 20’s. It was climbing mountains; paddling rivers; rock climbing, and being deep in the wilds. This[...]
Aug 2 – Aug 7 all-day Ages: 13-16
Advanced Ancient Ways is for ages 13+. 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[...]
Aug 2 – Aug 7 all-day Ages: 12-16
There’s an incredible aliveness we see when young people come together to make beautiful and useful things with their own hands! Creating a medicine that can soothe a cut, going down to the river to make a stone-age hatchet, or the trial and error of weaving a basket. And there’s something even more powerful about[...]
Aug 7 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 9 @ 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[...]
Aug 9 – Aug 14 all-day Ages: 11-16
Learn the essential skills of hunting! 1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp. A great next-level option for campers who have already done a Keepers of the Arrow or Peter’s Archery Camp! (Neither of these is a pre-requisite.) This is an overnight camp for students to learn the skills associated with small game hunting.[...]
Aug 21 @ 3:30 pm – Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm ages 18+
We feel that women need time in the woods with other women. Do you feel this, too? Whether you are an experienced backcountry guru or a wide-eyed curious doe, we welcome you to join us on a 16 mile backpacking trip! This trip can serve as an introduction and/or practice in how to pack, prepare,[...]
Jan 6 – Feb 10 all-day Ages 8+
Winter Homeschool will not be offered in 2020. 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! Get outside and enjoy the beauty of the season with The Living Earth School.    Our homeschool programs build confidence,  competence and skills,[...]
Mar 13 – Nov 15 all-day Ages 11+
The LES Teen Apprenticeship: One weekend a month. Nine months. Hunter-gatherer skills in the modern world. Calling all teens: If you’ve ever done a Living Earth School program before, you know what makes you feel truly alive: making awesome crafts, learning survival skills, hanging out with old and new friends around a fire, being put[...]