We’re adding a new, monthly kids program starting in January. It’s called The School Of The Forest, and is designed for kids ages 8 and older. It will take place at the folk school in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on Saturday per month. The first date will be January 4th. You can read more about it at JackMtn.com/forestschool.html. From the SOTF page:
In our modern world, nature has become wallpaper; a backdrop for human activities and something you travel through, but rarely interact with. In addition, children have become dependant on gadgets and media for their entertainment, spending the bulk of their time focusing on, or pining for, glowing rectangles. They can navigate the intracacies of the online world, but have difficulty navigating the nearby woods. They can recognize countless commercial jingles and make-believe characters, but can’t recognize the trees in the forest or the tracks in the snow.
The solution as is to unplug and disconnect from everything virtual and reconnect with the tangible, natural world that surrounds us. Technology isn’t bad, but it can become all-encompassing, and there is great value in uplugging on a regular basis, even if only for a few hours. There’s no group of people this is more important for than children and young adults. Through learning bushcraft and nature lore, the timeless skills of the forest are used as an antidote to both nature deficit disorder and self reliance disorder.
The goal is to create something educational and fun, and to keep the price as low as possible. Family participation is encouraged. Check out the page and contact us with any questions.