Home School Programs

The Home School Naturalist Program uses nature observation, awareness and earth-based skills to introduce a world of adventure, self-reliance and the passion to learn to help prepare our future leaders. We immerse our students weekly into the wonderful and amazing world of our earth’s delicate environment, ecosystems, and life skills.

  • This is a drop off program with age appropriate activties!
  • When: Programs run from Sept -June between 10am-3pm once a week 
  • Ages: 7 -12 (Must be of age at start of the program)
  • Locations: Several locations listed below

Virginia Home School Programs: Great Falls I – Monday
Maryland Home School Programs: Takoma Park/Silver Spring – Tuesday 
Maryland Home School Programs: Greenbelt – Wednesday
Virginia Home School Programs: Springfield – Wednesday
Maryland Home School Programs: Annapolis/Bowie – Thursday
Virginia Home School Programs: Great Falls II – Friday

Adult Workshops

Our adult workshops engage your mind and body at your level of understanding and experience. You will learn something new when you attend our workshops. Who says and old dog can’t learn new tricks?

Traditional Bow Making - (March 29-April 1)

The Traditional Bow Building Workshop engages in the fine art of bow making; learning to carve and shape a single piece of wood into a beautiful and efficient hunting bow. While participating in this workshop you will experience the complete process of bow making from start to finish.  This is not a survival or quickie bow class.

You will learn how to properly select, harvest, and season bow wood. We then work through design & layout, shaping, tillering (bending), and finally shooting. Each participant will also learn how to make their own bow strings. In the end you will have completed a highly effective hunting tool that you will be able to enjoy for many years to follow.

When: 9am-5pm each day
Where: Mount Rainier, MD

Price: $475.00

Date: March 15, 2018

Wild Food/Survival Foraging Walkabout

In this walk and talk we focus entirely on wild edibles, although we may address questions on medicinal benefits here and there, food will be the focus. Each month of the growing season in the mid Atlantic is so diverse in plants and fungi, we will definitely include fungal foods when they pop! With each plant /mushroom we encounter we will discuss:

  • How to correctly identify each plant
  • What parts are edible
  • How to safely prepare it for eating
  • How to preserve it for long term storage
  • How to honor the plant and help it thrive (aka planting back/how to not over harvest)

When: 2pm-4pm
Location: Greenbelt MD

Price: $25.00

Date: April 14, 2018

Foraging through the Seasons - A Wild Foods and Foraging Intensive (9 months)

This is a hands-on experiential workshop series that empowers people to connect more deeply with plants. We will gather and process wild food, prepare herbal remedies, explore the ecology and learn how we can help habitats to thrive.

Students will walk away herbal extracts, native seeds, new recipes, and prepared foods to share with their loved ones.

When: 12 - 5pm (see below for schedule and topics)
Locations: We will explore several wild place located in; Greenbelt, Bowie, and Glenn Dale, MD

Price: $555.00

Date: April 15, 2018

Fire by Friction- The Bow Drill Method

Come and learn the ancient art of fire by friction and ignite the fire within you. This workshop is a tutorial in bow drill fire making and the importance of learning how to create fire.

While on this quest for fire you will;

  • Learn basic knife safety
  • Learn several carving techniques
  • Carve and construct your own bow drill kit
  • Learn the proper techniques for starting a friction fire
  • Learn how to identify the plants that contain the natural fibers and how to make rope with them
  • Learn proper material identification and selection,
  • Learn proper fire structures, and tinder collection.
  • Experience creating fire for the very first time just as your ancestors did.

Time: 10 am-5pm

Price: $40.00

Date: April 29, 2018

Wild Food/Survival Foraging Walkabout

In this walk and talk we focus entirely on wild edibles, although we may address questions on medicinal benefits here and there, food will be the focus. Each month of the growing season in the mid Atlantic is so diverse in plants and fungi, we will definitely include fungal foods when they pop! With each plant /mushroom we encounter we will discuss:

  • How to correctly identify each plant
  • What parts are edible
  • How to safely prepare it for eating
  • How to preserve it for long term storage
  • How to honor the plant and help it thrive (aka planting back/how to not over harvest)

When: 2pm-4pm
Location: Greenbelt MD

Price: $25.00

Date: May 12, 2018

Wild Food/Survival Foraging Walkabout

In this walk and talk we focus entirely on wild edibles, although we may address questions on medicinal benefits here and there, food will be the focus. Each month of the growing season in the mid Atlantic is so diverse in plants and fungi, we will definitely include fungal foods when they pop! With each plant /mushroom we encounter we will discuss:

  • How to correctly identify each plant
  • What parts are edible
  • How to safely prepare it for eating
  • How to preserve it for long term storage
  • How to honor the plant and help it thrive (aka planting back/how to not over harvest)

When: 2pm-4pm
Location: Greenbelt MD

Price: $25.00

Date: June 9, 2018

Wild Food/Survival Foraging Walkabout

In this walk and talk we focus entirely on wild edibles, although we may address questions on medicinal benefits here and there, food will be the focus. Each month of the growing season in the mid Atlantic is so diverse in plants and fungi, we will definitely include fungal foods when they pop! With each plant /mushroom we encounter we will discuss:

  • How to correctly identify each plant
  • What parts are edible
  • How to safely prepare it for eating
  • How to preserve it for long term storage
  • How to honor the plant and help it thrive (aka planting back/how to not over harvest)

When: 2pm-4pm
Location: Greenbelt MD

Price: $25.00

Date: July 14, 2018

Wild Food/Survival Foraging Walkabout

In this walk and talk we focus entirely on wild edibles, although we may address questions on medicinal benefits here and there, food will be the focus. Each month of the growing season in the mid Atlantic is so diverse in plants and fungi, we will definitely include fungal foods when they pop! With each plant /mushroom we encounter we will discuss:

  • How to correctly identify each plant
  • What parts are edible
  • How to safely prepare it for eating
  • How to preserve it for long term storage
  • How to honor the plant and help it thrive (aka planting back/how to not over harvest)

When: 2pm-4pm
Location: Greenbelt MD

Price: $25.00

Date: August 11, 2018

Wild Food/Survival Foraging Walkabout

In this walk and talk we focus entirely on wild edibles, although we may address questions on medicinal benefits here and there, food will be the focus. Each month of the growing season in the mid Atlantic is so diverse in plants and fungi, we will definitely include fungal foods when they pop! With each plant /mushroom we encounter we will discuss:

  • How to correctly identify each plant
  • What parts are edible
  • How to safely prepare it for eating
  • How to preserve it for long term storage
  • How to honor the plant and help it thrive (aka planting back/how to not over harvest)

When: 2pm-4pm
Location: Greenbelt MD

Price: $25.00

Date: September 8, 2018

Wild Food/Survival Foraging Walkabout

In this walk and talk we focus entirely on wild edibles, although we may address questions on medicinal benefits here and there, food will be the focus. Each month of the growing season in the mid Atlantic is so diverse in plants and fungi, we will definitely include fungal foods when they pop! With each plant /mushroom we encounter we will discuss:

  • How to correctly identify each plant
  • What parts are edible
  • How to safely prepare it for eating
  • How to preserve it for long term storage
  • How to honor the plant and help it thrive (aka planting back/how to not over harvest)

When: 2pm-4pm
Location: Greenbelt MD

Price: $25.00

Date: October 13, 2018

Wild Food/Survival Foraging Walkabout

In this walk and talk we focus entirely on wild edibles, although we may address questions on medicinal benefits here and there, food will be the focus. Each month of the growing season in the mid Atlantic is so diverse in plants and fungi, we will definitely include fungal foods when they pop! With each plant /mushroom we encounter we will discuss:

  • How to correctly identify each plant
  • What parts are edible
  • How to safely prepare it for eating
  • How to preserve it for long term storage
  • How to honor the plant and help it thrive (aka planting back/how to not over harvest)

When: 2pm-4pm
Location: Greenbelt MD

Price: $25.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Youth/Teen Workshops

Our teen programs are designed to provide powerful and dynamic experiences that will help your kids become self motivated, inspired, creative, and independent. Through hands-on skills, nature immersion, and leadership training our teen programs help our participants transition from being kids to becoming responsible young adults. These programs are for all genders between the ages of 13-17.

Youth Fire by Friction Workshop - The Bow Drill Method (Feb 18 & 25)

Come and learn the ancient art of fire by friction and ignite the fire within you. This 2-day workshop is a tutorial in bow drill fire by friction method. Learning this one skill opens a vast world of possibilities and the emphasizes the importance of learning how to create fire in this way.

Time: 10 am-5pm
Ages: 12 -17

Price: $75.00

Date: February 18, 2018

MAPS Meet

The Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (MAPS Meet) is the perfect place to disconnect from the stress of modern life and reconnect to the natural world. If you are a seasoned outdoors person or a novice, we have a host of expert instructors who will teach you on your level of understanding. There are over 100 workshops available in many topics including; primitive skills and technology, food storage, herbalism, bushcraft, hunting, wilderness survival, earth based skills, nature awareness, and more.

MAPS Meet - Mid Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering

The Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (MAPS Meet) is the perfect place to disconnect from the stress of modern life and reconnect to the natural world. If you are a seasoned outdoors person or a novice, we have a host of expert instructors who will teach you on your level of understanding. There are over 100 workshops available in many topics including; primitive skills and technology, food storage, herbalism, bushcraft, hunting, wilderness survival, earth based skills, nature awareness, and more. Take a gander at our schedule of workshops.  2018 Schedule coming soon!

Price: $50.00

Date: May 25, 2018

Virginia Home School Programs: Great Falls II

This program meets on Friday’s in Great Falls VA.

Great Falls II -Homeschool Naturalist Program (Jan 12- Feb 2)

The Great Falls Home School Naturalist Program uses nature observation, awareness and earth based skills to introduce your child to a world of adventure and discovery!

Price: $200.00

Date: January 12, 2018

Homeschool Naturalist Program - Great Falls II (Feb 16- June 1)

The Great Falls Home School Naturalist Program uses nature observation, awareness and earth based skills to introduce your child to a world of adventure and discovery!

Price: $700.00

Date: February 16, 2018

Virginia Home School Programs: Great Falls I

This program meets on Monday’s in Great Falls VA.

Great Falls I - Homeschool Naturalist Program (Jan 8-29)

The Great Falls Home School Naturalist Program uses nature observation, awareness and earth based skills to introduce your child to a world of adventure and discovery!

Price: $200.00

Date: January 8, 2018

Homeschool Naturalist Program-Great Falls I (Feb 12- May 21)

The Great Falls Home School Naturalist Program uses nature observation, awareness and earth based skills to introduce your child to a world of adventure and discovery!

Price: $700.00

Date: February 12, 2018