Cedar Dell Forest Farm's Homeschool Programs offer homeschooled children the opportunity to experience the unique blend of forest and farm that our property provides. We offer a seasonal, weekly drop-off program as well as monthly family programs that are perfect for children who aren't ready for a drop-off program and parents/guardians who want to have fun alongside their children. Click here or scroll to the bottom of the page for details about our Family Mornings.
Weekly Drop-off Program
This class is for children ages 5 - 12. In small groups of up to 12 students, these weekly classes blend open-ended nature exploration and farm life with science inquiry. Each week time will be spent outdoors in the forest and on the farm, practicing homesteading skills such as outdoor cooking and carding wool, organic gardening and animal care while also learning about forest ecology and environmental stewardship.
Through these sessions, students will:
Develop meaningful connections to nature through a blend of open-ended exploration and structured games and activities.
Care for farm animals, collect chicken eggs, card sheep wool and snuggle the fluffy angora rabbit.
Increase knowledge of local plants and animals, including ethnobotany - learning about the historical relationships between people and plants.
Develop practical skills such including gardening, sewing, outdoor cooking and more.
Foster creativity through nature-based art projects.
Make new friends and learn from each other!
Spring 2019 Session Details:
Thursdays 10 AM - 2 PM
Ages 5 - 12
$180 for 9 Weeks, April 4 - May 30
Cost includes all materials and a snack each week. Students should bring a packed lunch and water bottle. (For more program policies and information, click here.)
Sibling discount available. Save 10% when registering 2 or more children by entering SIBLINGS at checkout.
Space is available in our current Winter Session. Cost is prorated for remaining weeks. Contact us if you’re interested in joining.
Family Homeschool Mornings
Not ready for a drop-off program? Unable to commit to a weekly class? Want to experience the fun alongside your child? These monthly programs are just the thing for you! These 3 hour programs includes art, stories, animal visits and plenty of nature-based fun. We do have an indoor classroom but come prepared to spend some time outdoors no matter the weather.
These programs are intended for children ages 4 and up as well as their parent/guardians. Younger siblings are welcome to attend at no cost with the understanding that activities may not be targeted to their age/ability and siblings must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times.
We are now offering these programs on Tuesdays AND Wednesdays! Each day is the same program so you can choose the day that works best for your schedule.
First (or ocassionally second) Tuesday and Wednesday. Each month will include activities around a different theme. Attend just one or sign up for them all!
9 AM - 12 PM
$20 per participating child (ages 4 and up) or $50 for family (3+ children)
Winter and Spring 2019:
March 5 and 6 - Water Works
We love the rain because it helps our forest stay lush and green! We’ll explore where the water goes in this wet season. Rain or shine, we will explore our seasonal creek, use natural materials to paint with watercolors, and make our own boats!
April 9 and 10 - Seeds & Sprouts
How does our garden grow? With a little help from our friends! We will see what’s growing in the spring garden, plant some crops and pot up a little something to take home. We will explore the forest to see what’s sprouting up and feed the animals some seed-y snacks.
May 7 and 8 - Pollinators
Pollinators help our food grow! From bees to hummingbirds, beetles to butterflies, we’ll learn why these helpers are so important. We’ll inspect flowers to see how they attract pollinators, search for pollinators on the farm, play games and plant a flower for home to attract pollinators to your yard!
June 4 and 5 - Summer Leaves
Under the shade of the trees we’ll learn to appreciate the large leaves of the big leaf maple, the feathery fronds of ferns, and Douglas fir’s prickly needles. We’ll feed leafy snacks to the animals (and maybe ourselves too!), create beautiful leaf art and admire the tall giants in the forest.