Annual Nature Programs for Ages 12-19
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.
Nature Academy Info:
Days: Mon - Fri or Tue - Thu
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: 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.