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Forest Dwellers Youth Program – Weekly

September 14 - December 7

The Forest Dwellers Program provides youth ages 8-14 with an exciting, safe and meaningful way to explore and engage in the natural world.

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Learn how the animals live every day in the wild, finding all their food, medicine, shelter, and water.  Learn the old skills that have allowed kids all over the world to thrive in nature.  We will play games, go on wild adventures, make crafts, and cultivate a deeper sense of our place in the natural world.  Through activities, challenges, and song, youth will discover greater self-confidence, learn cooperation and teamwork, and gain a sense of environmental care taking.

Each week will be a new adventure on the land: playing games, hearing nature-based stories, building fire, carving primitive tools, weaving baskets, foraging for food and medicine, journaling nature mysteries, learning bird language, expanding our senses, exploring the pond, tracking wild animals and more!

Going deeper with Forest Dwellers Weekly: This program suited for home learners who want to take their naturalist skills and nature connection deeper. Using field guides for research, students will create their own nature journals, where they will focus on plant ID, tracking knowledge, bird ID and sit spot mapping. They will also benefit from smaller group size and more one-on-one mentoring – a great option for wilderness education with more academic influence. This group will merge with the bi-weekly group on alternating Thursdays to participate in larger group activities and projects.

What makes Thriving Roots Youth Programs different?

Thriving Roots Wilderness School uses the 8-Shields Mentoring Model – an educational approach that is based on natural cycles and ancient mentoring practices that:

  • Encourage creative thinking rather than providing answers,
  • Help students develop problem-solving skills and self-sufficiency,
  • Take learning to a deeper, embodied & contextual level.

We prioritize small group learning and one-on-one mentoring to really get to know your child and bring forth their natural passion and curiosity for learning while ultimately drawing out their own unique gifts. Driven by inquiry and connection, we will create a group experience that time and time again has demonstrated increased confidence and self-expression, compassion and understanding and a deep love for self and the natural world.

Our instructors bring a variety of skills, personal experience and compassion. They have all been trained in 8-Shields mentoring, Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Read more about them on our Staff Page.

Whether you’re new to Thriving Roots or have done our classes before, we will be learning all sorts of exciting skills together and having lots of fun!

Read more about our Youth Program Mentoring Philosophy and Curriculum.

Program Details:

Ages: 8-14

Dates: Every Thursday 9:30am – 3:30pm. Starts Sept 14 and ends Dec.7.

Cost: $695 (Early Bird by Aug 1: $675) Payment is made available with a “3 monthly installment option” that you can choose upon registering.

Instructors: Will alternate and include: Dragonfly (Alaina Hallett), Frog (Gordon Mallonee), Serena Turner and Red Fox (Justin Muirhead)

Location: “The Yurt” 5990 Old West Saanich Rd. Victoria BC

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No one turned away due to lack of funds.  Apply for Program Scholarship here.


September 14
December 7
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