Outdoor Adventures & Wilderness Survival
Homeschool, Summer, Vacation & other Children Programs
When immersed in nature, children thrive! Since 1999, Earthwork Programs has been developing relationships with children and families throughout the Pioneer Valley with our incredibly unique approach to education and mentoring along with our dynamic social curriculum of the Nurtured Heart Approach. Our approach creates a rich environment for everyone to flourish and ignites the greatness within to emerge. We help create inner wealth, self-confidence and trust of self and others.
Through our engaging, experiential style, your children and teens learn valuable and FUN skills in outdoor survival, finding their way in the woods, animal tracking, hand drill and fire making, nature awareness and wilderness skills. The outdoors is your child’s school and playground!
Children in our homeschool programs experience a cross-curricular environment of reading, math, physical education, natural sciences, critical thinking and much more.
Weekly 4.5-hour classes are held in Amherst, MA, during the Fall (12-week), Winter (8-week) and Spring (10-week)
Heron: Ages 7+
- Immersion in nature, learning wilderness skills and nature awareness
Swift Eagle: Preteen-Teen
- Hands-on, character building journey through wilderness living skills and nature awareness activities for older children.
Ages 7+ All are held in Conway, MA, starting at the end of June and continue through August; most are Monday through Friday, 9 am-3 pm. There are specific weeks for ages 5-7, 7+ and several options for preteens and teens.
The core of Earthwork Programs, Summer Program participants will explore these (and more!) hands-on activities as time and interest permit:
- Create stone and bone tools;
- Become invisible! Gain skills in stalking and camouflage;
- Practice fire-making without matches;
- Build natural shelters;
- Play primitive games;
- Track animals;
- Gather wild edible and medicinal plants.
Winter Survival Vacation Program
Ages 8+ Held in Conway, MA, during February school vacation. Experience the WILD in winter in our beautiful forest and fields!
Wilderness Survival Vacation Program
Ages 7+ Held in Conway, MA, during April school vacation. Experience spring awakening in our beautiful forest and fields!
WolfQuest After School Programs
Ages 8+ Held in towns through the Pioneer Valley. Children are encouraged to welcome the awakening and magic that nature brings. Contact us to request WolfQuest at your child’s school!
In addition to these programs that are specifically for children, most of our Workshops during our Weekends of Workshops are great for families!
Winter Outdoor Skills Adventure Weekend: In February
Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills Weekend GetAway!: In May
Berries, Baskets & Brook Trout: In July/August
Wilderness Extravaganza!: In September