For over thirty years, Wilderness Awareness School has been offering nature connection programs that emphasize fun, discovery, and exploration in an outdoor setting.
Choose from a variety of programs designed for pre-schoolers to teenagers. Whether your child wants to attend a weekly program as a Homeschool option or a weekend program, we have a class that will meet your needs!
Here's a brief summary of programs that we offer:
Roots and Wings
In Roots and Wings outdoor nature program, children have fun and explore the natural world around them through nature activities for kids, such as songs, stories and walks, and by observing plants and animals with all of their senses.
Ages 4-6, (one day per week) Fri 10am-2pm, Enrollment opens April; Program runs Sept-June
Wilderness Awareness Youth School is a weekly nature course for homeschooled children. Through creative play and exploration, Youth School participants work together in small groups, gaining nature awareness and knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds, and survival.
Ages 7-12 (one day per week) Wed. OR Thurs; 9am–3pm, Enrollment opens April; Program begins runs Sept-June
Teens immerse themselves in intensive, experiential studies of nature from both scientific and indigenous perspectives. In this effort, our students are instructed and supported by a large, diverse community of mentors from all ages and walks of life.
Ages 13-18 (one day per week- plus week-long field trips), Fri 9am-3pm, Enrollment opens April; Program runs Sept-June
Monthly Nature Program
Through creative play and exploration, Monthly Program participants ages 4-13 work together in small groups gaining nature awareness and knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds, and survival. We host monthly programs in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Carnation – see our schedule for more information.
There are 7 class days throughout the year.
Nature Explorer Program, 9 am – 1 pm, (Ages 4-6)
Nature Adventure Program, 9 am – 3 pm, (Ages 6-13)
Nature Skills Program, 9 am – 3 pm, (Ages 10-13)
Wild Within is a group of teens who adventure one weekend a month to learn the core routines of nature awareness and practice wilderness and community building skills that bring us alive. While the interests and passions of the students and staff guide what we do each season, potential options include: wildlife tracking, shelter building, primitive fire making, wild edible and medicinal plants, nature exploration and wandering, scouting or stealth skills, bird language, survival bow making, and much more. Teens also have the opportunity to participate in our end-of-year rites of passage called Water Quest and Fire Quest.
Ages 14-16 OR 16-18; 8 weekends from Sept.-June
Is scholarship funding available?
Yes! As a not-for-profit organization, Wilderness Awareness School is thankful to our donors that allow us to grant scholarships to families in need of assistance . For more information: Click here. To Apply online: Youth scholarship application form.