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.

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Village Day

➝ 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!

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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!

Summer Camps

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:

Wildlife Tracking
Nature Journaling
Games and Songs
Community Connection
Restorative Justice
Rites of Passage
Nature Hand Crafts
Bird Language
Map and Compass
Wilderness First Aid
Survival Skills
Knots, Hitches, and Lashings
Edible and Medicinal Plants
Democratic Decision Making

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We're building a sweet schoolhouse, and we need your help! If you donate $50 or more, you'll get your very own commemorative Birch Bark Shingle on the new building. Simply follow the link to the right, and add the text you would like on your shingle in the 'comments' box! Thank you so much for your support!
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