Nature Academy

Annual Nature Programs for Ages 12-19

These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs.
— Anton Chekhov

At Nature Academy, we don’t learn about nature, we learn from and with nature.  We immerse ourselves, recognize complex patterns and systems, and merge with a familiar rhythm and flow.  We have a full-bodied experience of the elements and achieve a greater sense of well-being.

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Nature Academy Info:


Days:               Mon - Fri or Tue/ Thu/Fri

Date:               Sep 5, 2017 - Jun 13, 2018 

Time:              9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (3:30 on M/F)

Tuition*:      $8,750 (5-Days)or $5,900  (3-Days)

Mentors:      Grant Chase, Laura Creps, Elliott Johnson,  Lindsey Mitchell, Susan Pendergast

Location:    Laguna Lake Park

Ages:            12 - 19 (other ages with mentor approval)

*Annual enrollment is required.  Monthly payment plans are available.

Includes Autumn 4-day camping trip and Winter week-long backpacking adventures.




Nature Academy was born out of the natural adolescent longing of our founding teens to spend more time challenging perceived limits with friends. Today’s Nature Academy teens spend their weekdays both learning through direct experiences in the wild and exploring related academics in classroom settings.

To grow our program for teens, we looked once again to earth-based cultures of the world, where whole communities raise up their young ones together. Our experienced naturalist and academic mentors bring together  Coyote (Nature) Mentoring practices; the 8 Shields Cultural Mentoring Model developed by author, naturalist, and anthropologist Jon Young; tracking and scout skills taught by master tracker Tom Brown, Jr.; the compelling work of author  Richard Louv; their unique gifts; and more when planning an inspiring week of interconnected learning experiences for teens.