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.  We offer nature-based summer camps in Charlottesville, Virginia; Day camps and overnight camps; Nature Studies Homeschool in Charlottesville, Goochland / Richmond, and Staunton; Rites of Passage programs for youth; Family nature programs in the Charlottesville area; Teen adventure camps; and more!  Check out all our courses and programs being offered below.

TEEN EXPEDITIONS

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[...]
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 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[...]
Sep 4 – Oct 18 all-day Ages: 13+
Many of our LES instructors tell tales from expeditions with Living Earth School that they took as teens. They recall harvesting wild foods trailside, breathtaking views, animal encounters, and the ache and joy of climbing peaks with strangers-turned-friends. Backpacking allows us to be more of our genuine selves, and be challenged in a community that[...]

WEEKLY HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Sep 1 – Oct 3 all-day Ages 7 - 14
Ease your kids back into fall school time with a three-day project-based outdoor learning camp! Your child might create a lever system out of rocks and sticks to move a weight from point A to point B…or write poetry in iambic pentameter while sitting on a downed log over the creek…or create a nature experiment[...]
Sep 15 – Nov 17 all-day Ages 7+
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[...]
Sep 16 – Dec 2 all-day Ages 7+
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[...]
Sep 17 – Nov 19 all-day Ages 7+
The Living Earth School is super excited to be bringing our home school nature connection programs to the Waynesboro/Staunton/Harrisonburg area. We’ll be romping around the beautiful land of Malcoms Market Garden in Staunton, which has wide, shallow creeks to explore, ridge-top meadows of wildflowers, and forested hillsides to climb. This is an opportunity for homeschoolers[...]
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,[...]

ONCE A MONTH SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS

Sep 19 – Dec 5 all-day Boys and Girls Ages 7 - 15
New program in Charlottesville! Give your child an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. 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! This co-ed program will run seasonally (fall and spring) for boys and[...]
Sep 26 – Dec 19 all-day Boys Ages 7 - 15
These Saturday programs keep nature connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held with 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,[...]
Sep 26 – Dec 19 all-day Girls Ages 7 - 15
Our Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year. All programs 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[...]
Feb 20 – May 8 all-day Boys and Girls Ages 7 - 15
Finally we have a Living Earth School program closer to the DC area! Give your child an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. 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! This co-ed[...]
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[...]

FAMILY PROGRAMS

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[...]
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[...]
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 0-100+! (Children 6 and under are free)
Come stoke your passion for fire, and bring the whole family! Many of our parents wish they could attend LES programs and join the fun. This is your chance! We will have some time of adult-only/kid-only teaching, with lots of quality family time as well. The day will culminate in an unforgettable Family Fire Challenge[...]

RITES OF PASSAGE

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

LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS

PRIVATE GROUP PROGRAMS

SUMMER CAMPS

SUMMER DAY CAMPS