Charlottesville Homeschool Nature Studies

September 18, 2019 – December 5, 2019 all-day
Ages 7+
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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 7 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 care of skilled nature mentors! We have found that our outdoor classroom really makes learning real and the direct experience of seeing and knowing things first hand, takes learning to a whole new level. Learn about the seasons directly, gain skills in knowing what it means to live connected to the land around, harvest tasty fall wild edibles, shoot an arrow, makes fires by rubbing sticks, track animals, build things with your hands and be a part of a vital community of students of the earth.

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 will focus on nature awareness, survival skills (shelter, fire, water, food), wild edible plants,  responsibility and respect- for self and others. This program will provide challenges, leadership, and community. LES staff take mentoring seriously, and are patient, caring, and supportive. This program will not only build good woodsman/woodswoman skills, but will increase the confidence of the kids.


  • Survival skills
  • Wild food / primitive cooking
  • Bird Language
  • Ecology / Community
  • Crafts / Tools
  • Nature studies
  • Peacemaker principles
  • Tracking
  • Awareness / observation
  • Storytelling
Austrailian woodsman Peter Yencken and backpacking science educator Kelly Lecko will be leading the Teen and Pre-Teen Group (12 and up; some 11 year olds accepted). This group is for older or experienced kids who want to be challenged, to follow their own curiosity, and to go deep with a craft or knowledge and figure out how all this woods stuff applies to life back at home. This group will occasionally join the younger group for big games, but generally they are off on their own. (If your older child prefers to stay with Soupy and the younger group, that is fine too.)

– Charlottesville Homeschool Nature Studies

  • Ages 7 – 16
  • Fall 2019 dates: 10 Wednesdays
    Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16 (Parent Day), 23, 30, Nov 13, 20, Dec 4-5 (overnight).
    Makeup date for cancelled class: Dec 11. **Scroll down for full schedule with details.
  • 9:30am – 3:30pm

    There will be an overnight Dec 4-5. See below for details.

  • Located at Belvedere in Charlottesville, VA.
  • PRICE: EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $530, Price raises to $575 after 8/2 (Note that a fixed blade knife is required. We sell these for $20.)
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Goochland/Richmond Area Homeschool
Nature Studies, ages 7+:

Fall dates: 9 Tuesdays from Sept 17 – Nov 19
Click here for full information on the Goochland/Richmond page.


  • Sept 18 – 1st Day of Class
  • Sept 25 – Regular Class
  • Oct 2 – Regular Class
  • Oct 9 – Regular Class
  • Oct 16 – Parent Day! Parents (or any special adults if a parent is unavailable) can accompany your child to LES for the day. This is a great way to glimpse the culture of curiosity, gratitude and nature connection we create with the kids, and to sink into your child-self for the day. Camp for big kids…be prepared to shake off the shackles of adulthood! If your child will be accompanied by someone, please give me a heads up for planning purposes, but also feel free to come last minute. You are also welcome to come just for the morning, if you are able to find your way back to the parking lot on your own (seriously). : ) We request finagling your schedule so you can come without other children in tow, however I understand that sometimes this is not possible, especially with toddlers and babies. Please reach out to me if you need to bring other kids into the mix and I’ll let you know what we have planned for the day. Lastly, not all kids have an adult accompany them, so not to worry if you aren’t able to make it.
  • Oct 23 – Regular Class
  • Oct 30 – Regular Class
  • Fall Break—NO CLASS Oct 6
  • Nov 13 – Regular Class
  • Nov 20 – Regular Class with Trade Blanket! The trade blanket is an age old tradition of people gathering together to trade homemade goods or found nature objects. It is a great opportunity to see the incredible gifts and talents that the kids possess, and it inspires us to grow in our skill and craft. The items to trade can either be hand made (not necessarily by the student, but by someone, such as paintings, note cards, carved spoons, jewelry, photographs, cordage, a bowdrill kit, herbal medicine), or could be some cool object they find out in nature (antler, skulls, cool rocks). The items they bring can also be edible (chickweed pesto, dried fruit or meat etc.), however we are no longer doing sugar or flour-based baked goods—these treats tend to serve as a distraction. It works well for a child to bring a couple different things, as they might want to trade for more than one item. This is an optional activity; children who don’t participate will have free play time.
  • Thanksgiving Break—NO CLASS Nov 27
  • Dec 4-5 – Overnight with Family Potluck. At Sugar Hollow Girl Scout Camp. 1pm Wednesday to 11am Thursday. We’ll let you know, along with a packing list and more detailed email about what is involved in the overnight, by late November. When you come to pick up your child at 11am, bring a potluck dish, dishes and utensils to eat from, and a blanket to sit on around the fire. (You’re also welcome to simply pick up your child and leave at 11.)
  • (Dec 11 – Makeup Class Date – Should any class be cancelled for inclement weather.)