The p.i.n.e. project offers nature based programs that provide long-term mentoring experiences for children and youth in their home environment. These programs are almost entirely spent outside, only using indoor space for the most inclement weather, or for specific projects. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!
A growing body of research is emphatically stating that children are happier, healthier, and developmentally superior (they learn better, quicker, retain more, and are more relaxed) when they spend consistent time in nature. And everyone knows the the most formative years are the first ones. We’ve seen the strongest, most resilient children develop when consistently exposed to nature and strong mentoring from a young age.
We integrate parents and siblings into the experience, with opening and closing circles, storytelling, and celebrations at important times of the year for our participants.
Coyote Pups (Ages 4 – 6)
Our Coyote Pups are the best adventurers there are. This program is full to the brim with storytelling, tracking local wildlife, and finding the coolest goings on in the forest every week! We build the best forts and shelters, pretend to be the sneakiest animals out there, and howl at the birds when they catch us unaware. Arts, singing, drama, naturalist skills, survival skills, and community building with parents and younger siblings are all vital aspects of this program. We create a small culture steeped in nature connection. This is not a program to be missed!
- Storytelling and songs
- Adventures, wandering, and tracking wildlife (following animals to learn about their lives!)
- Wild edibles, medicinals, and hazard plants (identification and uses)
- Stewardship education
- Introduction to various wilderness skills
- and more!
Winter Session 2017: January 9th – March 10th, 2017
Spring Session 2017: April 3rd – June 9th, 2017
Locations & Times:
|Kings Mill||9am – 12pm||9am – 12pm|
|Kings Mill||1pm – 4pm||1pm – 4pm|
|Taylor Massey Creek||9am – 12pm|
The year-round cost is $1,065, although payment plans are available.
*Please note that the cost covers one program per week.*
Bursaries are an available option through the Best Day Ever Fund.
Fall Pre-registration (for those who were registered for the previous Spring session only):
Monday August 8th – Wednesday August 17th, 2016
Wednesday August 17th, 2016 and onward. Spaces are very limited so please register a.s.a.p. to reserve your spot.