Northwood’s Youth Programs are a great fit for families seeking long-term nature-based mentoring!
Youth of all ages come together for empowering, all-seasons outdoor learning experiences that supplement and enrich other aspects of their academic and community education. Using principles of democratic education, students work with mentors and elders to follow their passions and develop interpersonal, naturalist, and academic skills. Our programs serve homeschooled, alternatively schooled, and public schooled youth ages 5-18.
Greenwood Community School
➝ Tuesdays & Wednesdays in Belmont, Maine.
➝ Middle and high school age students.
Blending academic study with nature connection and exploration of the local community, Greenwood forms the backbone of many young people’s education in midcoast Maine.
➝ Fridays during the school year in Belmont, Maine.
➝ Participants range from 5 to 18.
Students explore the natural world in healthy, community-oriented ways. We practice wilderness skills, learn about the woods, figure out how to work together, and play a lot of fun games!
From home schoolers to public schoolers, Northwood’s youth programs are a great addition to any educational plan.
Overnights and Camp Outs
Camping out with your friends and mentors has to be one of the best parts of childhood! Kids age 9 and up are welcome to join us for an overnight-- we'll play night games, do campfire cooking, and learn how to be comfortable and at home in the wilderness together. Some overnights are stand alone events, and others are tied to Village Day-- inquire for details if you're interested in participating!
After School Programming
Northwood is available to run after school programming for local schools or organizations by contract. We are currently booked on Wednesdays and Fridays, but please reach out if you're interested in having Northwood come to your school!
Northwood Summer Camps are a great way for any young people to get outside. With both overnight programs and day programs, our summer camps get kids offer a range of immersion experiences in the woods. Participants get to delve deep into skills and play with full weeks of forest adventure!
Northwood’s Curriculum Includes:
As a Unity College graduate and forest manager with a professional background in education, I have witnessed flaws in the general trends of both the environmental field and the education system. Both fields are under-funded and under-cared for and often focused too much on profit. At Northwood, a small but mighty group of dedicated individuals have come together and created a place for both parents and children to learn about and connect with nature and with each other. And as you dive into this community, you will discover all the communities that were always just next door or in your back yard. I implore you leave what you know as education, come with an open mind, and discover the community that has been waiting for you at Northwood Natural Learning.Read More
Our 5-year old son Wilder loves the outdoors, and Northwood turned out to be the perfect place for him! Under the guidance of Trevanna and Trevanion, Wilder was able to spend quality time outside learning deeply about the trees, birds, and surrounding plants. We know it was a success when he never wanted to leave at the end of the day!Read More
Northwood has been a fantastic experience for my children. I am so grateful for the rich experience you have provided for them. They come home dirty, tired, and brimming over with excitement about everything they did, saw, and learned that day. I am learning so much just from listening to the stories of their days! It is clear how much thought, training, commitment, and passion has gone into the development of this rich, dynamic program. We are truly blessed to have Trevanna, Trevanion and their fantastic assistants guiding, teaching, and mentoring our children. We can’t wait to come back in the fall!Read More
Northwood’s teaching is infused with healthy mega-doses of singing, movement, arts, reflection and connection. While working with Northwood, one often feels like every step and word contributes to a deeper eco-cultural relationship and community- building, an evolving process of becoming part of a world beyond and greater than ourselves. The staff have a gift for making fascinating and deep nature lore, cultural artifacts and practical wilderness skills accessible and fun to people of all ages. They can communicate and successfully resolve the struggles of individual children as well as more complex social dynamics, and they manage learning, teaching, and collaborating with students, colleagues and parents with immaculate tact and grace.Read More
My experience with the Wildwood Path community left an indelible impression on me– as a guest, I felt honored, respected, welcomed, and ultimately embraced by a group of inclusive souls whose eagerness to learn and connect to the land and each other felt deeply rooted. Meals were lovingly cooked and shared, songs were ample, and a general sense of common heart-centered intention infused the space. I left knowing that Trevanna, Kyla, and the various guest teachers’ combined earth wisdom is supporting each of the participants through their journey of deepening into ritual and earth based skills. I can’t wait to return!Read More
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