Social Learning * Playful Exploration * Nature Awareness
Full Day Nature Immersion Program for Ages 5-7*
September through May, 9:00am to 2:30pm
**Maple is currently full. We invite you to join our waitlist.**
In our magical forested setting, children in Maple explore and play, while cultivating an innate connection with the Earth's wisdom. Our guides and mentors engage children in building fairy houses, discovering trees, plants and animals, doing nature-inspired art projects, playing in our mud kitchen, and taking hikes to explore the many ecosystems on our land. Children will have opportunities to learn basic tool use, fire and shelter building, foraging and other basic wilderness skills. Cooperative problem-solving, community-building, empathy for other living beings, and strengthening confidence and comfort in nature are all skills that are organically woven into the day. There is a 6:1 child to staff ratio in Maple.
The program will be outdoors, rain, snow or shine unless weather is extreme and potentially dangerous (such as high winds, low wind chill, low temps and steady rain, or unsafe driving conditions), which may result in cancellation.
*We recognize that children don’t all develop at the same rate. For children who are on the line between age groups, our staff will work with parents to make an assessment as to which group seems most appropriate based on personality, ability and group dynamics.
Children must be at least 5 years old by the start of the program to join the Maple cohort.
Choose to attend 1 to 4 days per week from 9:00am to 2:30pm for the school year. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays are available. Wild Woods Club (formerly called Aftercare) is available from end of program to 4:30.
PROGRAM TUITION (2022-23)
A $30 Registration fee and non-refundable Deposit per child will be applied for all enrollments. Tuition is divided into 9 payments, due the 1st of each month and automatically charged to the card used at registration. If there is space in the current nine-month program, tuition can be prorated.
Family Discount: When enrolling more than one child, enter coupon code FAMILY to receive 10% off.
If you need financial assistance, please see directions for scholarships below BEFORE ENROLLING.
We are committed to supporting and creating a community that is reflective of Maine's economic diversity. A limited number of Scholarships are available to families who are unable to pay full tuition cost. We encourage you to complete a scholarship application if full tuition pricing creates a financial hardship.
Please complete a scholarship form BEFORE ENROLLING. Once a Scholarship Form is completed, you will be given instructions on how to enroll with scholarship assistance.
If you must withdraw your child from the program a 30-day notification is required. If at least 30 days notice is given, the remaining monthly payments will be canceled. If less than 30-days notice is given, the next month's payment is required, and all remaining tuition payments thereafter will be canceled. Notice of withdrawal must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The $30 registration fee and deposit upon enrollment are non-refundable.
"If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the Earth before we ask them to save it."