Nature Adventures (whole family)

Description

WHO: Nature Adventures are for the whole family! Children age 5 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent at all times. Children age 6 and up have the option of attending with a parent, or attending without a parent for a small additional fee.
WHAT: One or Two sessions per month; we have one morning option, one afternoon option, or you can choose to do both.
WHEN: Usually 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, AM Nature Adventure meets 9:00 – 10:30am, PM Nature Adventure meets 1:30-3:00, see calendar for exact dates.
WHERE: Various Nature Parks, most within 20 minutes of Loft & Field. You will be notified of our location with driving directions via email before each class (note that we sometimes have to change locations at the last minute because of weather conditions).
COST PER FAMILY WITH PARENT IN ATTENDANCE: One Tuesday walk is $9/month or $25/trimester; Two Tuesday walks are $15/month or $40/trimester
COST PER FAMILY WITH STUDENT DROP-OFF: One Tuesday walk is $12/month or $35/trimester; Two Tuesday walks are $20/month or $54/trimester
MATERIALS FEE: $13 for nature journal (if you already have a good nature journal, feel free to continue using it). To buy a new nature journal, bring cash or check to purchase at Loft & Field or email us to request that we bring one with to the nature site.
HOW PAYMENT WORKS: Payment collected when signing up for classes, subscription will continue until the end of the school year or cancel any time.  No refunds.
BONUS: When you sign up for any local class, your family automatically gets a Loft & Field Membership. Memberships include access to the Living Books Library, parent support, early sign-ups, and more. They will expire June 15th, 2022. If you’d like the benefits of membership without taking local classes, we have a “Membership Only” option on our Enroll page. Read more about the many benefits of a Loft & Field membership here.


General Information


Program of Study

Nature Adventure Outing – An important part of Charlotte Mason Education is nature walks and scouting activities. We are intentionally committing one morning and one afternoons each month for the whole family to be in nature. Our goals are to combine the active adventures of scouting activities with the calm and quiet nature observations and journaling. Each walk will begin with a poem that will help direct our ears and hearts to the beauty and wilderness around us. We will then follow the paths or wander the wilderness for a time before pausing to learn a nature game, or run a safety simulation (what if we got this far and someone broke a leg, what would we do?), practice orienteering and finding our way, or actively encountering Minnesota’s most common species of trees, plants or animals. After our active portion, we stop along the way to make a journal entry on something we’ve noticed or experienced. The goal is to record what we learned but also to try to capture that day in nature so well that you can picture it years later. We encourage everyone to carry their own nature journal and writing/art supplies in a small bag. Families who are not interested or able to journal (hello, babies!) can leave at any time or stay and play.

We are excited to be using trained pack goats this year: Grizzly Adams (Alpine) and Dionysus (Nigerian Dwarf). They will help us carry the group supplies and a first aid kit. They are very friendly and we take turns walking them. Taught by Mrs. Rebecca and Mrs. Stephanie. (AM Nature Adventure meets 9:00 – 10:30am, you can optionally go to Loft & Field afterwards for the Parent Support Luncheon 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; PM Nature Adventure meets 1:30-3:00, see calendar for exact dates).

Optionally, we encourage you to attend the Parent Support Luncheon immediately following our AM Nature Adventure. Pack a lunch and head back to Loft & Field to invest in support and problem-solving for your vocation as parent-teachers. You can see more information about Parent Support topics here.


FAQs

Does my student need to bring anything to class? You can choose to have each of your children carry his or her own bag, or you can bring one bag for the whole family. Your family should have the following available: water bottle with family name written on it, nature journals, pencils, some small snacks (like granola bars) in case a child gets overly weak/hungry.

Should parents stay with their kids? You, the parent, know more about your child and what will help him or her thrive. That means, you are the best person to make this decision! Some parents stay with their kids during classes, some stay nearby in case the child has a need, and most drop their kids off. You can choose what is best for your family throughout the year.

How should my child dress? – We go outside every day, regardless of the weather. You need to check the weather report and dress your child or send clothes that will keep them comfortable in all kinds of weather (rain coat in rain, snow pants in winter, shorts and t-shirt on hot days, etc.). Especially make sure your child is wearing sturdy shoes that cover the whole foot, we do a lot of running around and want to prevent tripping or injury. It is especially helpful if you label clothes with a family name so we can get them back to you instead of losing them in the Lost & Found (a.k.a. “The Black Hole”).

What should I do if one of my kids is sick? Please refer to our Health & Safety Protocols, we make a clear list of when to definitely keep your kids home, and when you can make your own decision.

Do we have to wear a mask? You the parent can decide if you want your child masked and we will respect your wishes in kindness and without judgment. Almost everyone here chooses not to wear masks, but again, you are free to decide what is best for your children and your family.

What happens if I can’t drop-off or pick-up my child on time? Since we are teaching on-location, it is important that you are on time for drop-off and pick-up. Failure to do so can affect the plans for the whole class. We will give you our cell phone numbers so you can reach us to notify us of any issues and we can have a plan. In the event that we cannot reach you, we will contact the emergency contact you listed on your Membership & Liability form.