In 2015, Bethy Young, organized a local group of home-school parents focused on holistic education ideas. The idea was inspired by the Forest School to get kids outside where they are encouraged to explore, take risks and develop self confidence and a deep connection to nature through hands-on learning. Ages range from toddlers to preteens.
Our activities are all over the place but they always involve nature. I try to do nature craft or art at least monthly and also something where the kids are learn about a part of the nature they have seen, to take interest in (birds, certain plants, insects...we have even done science based labs on rainbows). We also do some activities that promote nature skills like using tools to build bird houses (and learning tool saftey) or other things the kids have taken interest in. I try to really look at what the kids are into and run with it.
After that we have picnics, play and let the kids take the lead. Honestly, the kids come up with things on their own that amaze me. They ask questions and come up with new things to do without our help. They are amazing. We had a few months where all the older kids got obsessed with picking up glass shards and little trash at the park and making jewelry from it with help from a rock tumbler.