Northwood’s Village Day Youth Program

is a great fit for families seeking long-term nature-based mentoring!

Youth of all ages come together for an empowering all-seasons outdoor learning experience to supplement other educational programs. Using principles of democratic education, students work with mentors and elders to follow their passions and develop their interpersonal, naturalist, and academic skills. Village Day serves homeschooled, alternatively schooled, and public schooled youth ages 5-17.

Spend an amazing series of Fridays with Northwood that will enrich your child’s education with deep nature connection and personal mentoring as part of community-based regenerative culture. In this multi-age, multi-dimensional learning circle, we’ll learn wilderness, naturalist, science, and physical skills as well as healthy and empowering community practices that will bring out the best in everyone.

Fall 2016

Classes run Fridays 9am – 3pm in Belmont, Maine and are open to youth ages 5 – 17.

Each session builds on the previous one, come to one, two, or all three!

Intro Session: September 30th & October 7th.

Get a taste of Northwood’s program style and curriculum with this two-week intro circle. We’ll focus on taking advantage of the wild abundance of Maine in Autumn and will set in place many of the learning frameworks that we’ll build on in the following sessions.

Core Curriculum: October 21st, 28th, November 4th, & 11th.

Dive deeper into nature and community as we take advantage of the beautiful Fall weather while exploring our ecosystem, building our interpersonal abilities, and practicing our weaving, carving, and survival skills. Kids and teens will help us determine the specific topics covered through a democratic decision-making process, and we’ll run smaller age- and interest-based groups within each day.

Winter Session: December 2nd, 9th, & 16th.

With shorter, cooler days come opportunities to get more comfortable outside during a time of year when many people hole up for months. Don’t miss the chance to follow tracks in the snow, learn how to stay warm and comfortable in the cold, practice tending campfires for cooking, warmth, comfort, and safety, and share winter-time stories and songs in a cozy barn if the weather is just too rough for a whole day out. Kids and teens who come to Winter Session always feel deeply confident and capable, and being outdoors in this time of year prepares them for a lifetime of nature connection in all climates.

Village Day Curriculum Includes:

Wildlife Tracking


Nature Journaling

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Map and Compass

Wilderness First Aid

Restorative Justice

Natural Hand Crafts

Knots, Hitches, and Lashings

Bird Language

Games and Songs

Rites of Passage

Community Connection

Long-Term Mentoring

Survival Skills

Democratic Decision Making

Northwood is committed to making our programs accessible to all and we are willing to work with each family to ensure that their children can participate. Carpooling support, communication with teachers if students are missing school for this circle, barter and work/trade to defray costs, and individualized support for children with specific challenges are all available if needed. Please get in touch and talk about your particular situation with us if you’re interested! Baseline Northwood program costs are sliding scale $40 – $70/day/child, with break-even costs currently running about $50/day. Many families pay at the low end of the sliding scale and do barter to offset costs further, so we invite you to pay what you can afford with the understanding that alternative economic approaches support diversity and strength in our community.

Registration for programs is open until they fill.


Contact us to register