Earthwork Programs facilitates hands-on educational Programs with the aim of reconnecting ourselves and our children to nature. We offer experiences that introduce people to a new awareness of themselves and the natural world. Visit About Us for more information.
Our Programs run year round and include:
• Full-day and half-day weekly nature immersion Homeschool Programs;
• After School Programs for various schools;
• Summer Programs (At Home in the Woods–ages 5-12 and Leader in Training–preteen and teen) in several Pioneer Valley locations;
• Monthly Workshops, such as the Animal Tracking and Wildlife Wanderings, the Art of Fire and Earth Skills designed for families, adults, teens and preteens;
• Weekend Wilderness Intensive for Adults;
• And Living History and Custom Programs for groups.
If you have a team spirit, some previous experience with youth and children, a sense of humor, a commitment to communication and safety, and most importantly an endless passion to reconnecting yourself and others to the natural world, we would like to hear from you!
Interns receive two-fold hands-on experiences in applied mentoring principles and earth-based skills such as: outdoor shelter-building, tracking and mammal studies, plant identification and uses, matchless fire making, carving and hand tool-making, bird language, lostproofing and aidless navigation, ecology/naturalist skills. Naturalist/Earth skills are plus but not required.
Here are some words from past Interns/Apprentices about their experience with Earthwork Programs…
“Interning at Earthwork was a wonderful experience for me. I learned as much as I taught. I was inspired by the incredible diversity of experiences and teachable moments that can occur when walking out into the woods with a group of kids. It is an empowering experience for the children who participate in Earthwork programs as much as it is for the interns who work with them. While at Earthwork, I learned tracking, bird language, games, friction fires and shelters. I laughed and played as much as the kids did and I found myself walking barefoot in the mud and getting buried in the snow. I recommend the experience to anyone interested in outdoor education.” Jason
“One of my favorite ‘touches’ of the program is the ubiquitous, almost unconscious, dedication to being thankful. It happened so often and so easily; that it flows into and over your life, and you can’t help but be thankful for things.” Kirsten Goldman