Farm and Forest Cubs Program
9:30 Arrival and welcome, get gear ready for day and briefly talk about adventures ahead
9:45-10:00 Simple farm chores such as feeding the animals and collecting eggs, weeding or picking vegetables in greenhouse
10:00 Snack time
10:15-10:30 Short hike into the woods. As a group, remind about physical boundaries and how we keep ourselves and each other safe in the woods. Introduce optional ‘forest nature project’ to group (examples are shelter building, stone sculptures, senses trail, finding & identifying creatures in stream, bird feeders, mini bridge building)
10:30-11:30 Focus on nature activity or choose exploration and open ended, self directed & imaginative free play in the woods – and of course getting muddy!
11:30-11:45 hike back up to Barn to gather belongings and meet parents/bus at noon
- Ages: 3-6yrs
- 6 to 1 Ratio
- Tuesday and Thursdays
- $360/6 wk. (12 sessions)
Calleva’s newest spring program for our youngest nature explorers combines ‘fun on the farm’ with the ‘Forest School’ philosophy. Originating in Scandinavia in the 1950s, The Forest School movement has become popular across Europe and the US over the past few years. It shares many of the founding beliefs of Calleva.
The core focus is one of embracing the outside environment to allow children to learn and grow as individuals by developing self-esteem, increased sense of motivation, a sense of purpose and an understanding and affinity with nature.
Our Farm and Forest program is a 6-week, drop off program for 3-6 yr. olds, designed to let kids experience nature through play and learning and foster their excitement in the natural world. Our outdoor sessions emphasize both interaction with nature and each other. Being outdoors gives children the opportunity to meet challenges in a way that fosters self-reliance as well as healthy social development.
***Transport from Potomac Village & Poolesville Library may be available by request
- Tuesday & Thursday mornings from March 28th to 11th May *No sessions April 11 & 13 (MCPS Spring break)
- Home school Kindergarten aged children also welcome
- Children must be toilet trained and bring their own snack.
- Children will spend all of their time outdoors, with the exception of extreme weather, so appropriate clothing is essential.
- Option to add snack from garden