Sassafras Homeschool Fall 2021 

For ages 7 - 14

Sassafras homeschool program meets weekly on Fridays for 8 weeks this fall (and continues in winter and spring). This is an all outdoors program with seasonal activities that include learning and participating in our LandCulture Project, practicing earth and ancestral skills, harvesting and outdoor processing, naturalist skills, natural and Indigenous history, activities to quiet the mind, all while following a natural pace. Children will spend time in a mixed age group, and a portion of the day in smaller groups according to age. 

 

Youth need to be dressed for the weather (on wet days in full rain gear, on colder days in snow-suits, waterproof boots, wool socks, hats, gloves) for a full day of reconnecting to your wild side! Bring a lunch, snack and water bottle in a day pack.

Dates: Fall Series of 8 Fridays rain or shine: 

Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 2021

Time: 9am – 3pm at Sassafras
Cost: Regular Price $400 for the Series of 8 Fridays.

We offer payment plans, financial aid, and our Repair Fund covers full tuition for Wampanoag and IBPOC families that choose to.

 
Forest Kindergarten Fall 2021 

For ages 5 and 6

 

Parents and scientists alike, are beginning to recognize what our ancestors already knew; the vital importance for young children to spend time outdoors, in the wild, and to discover the world through unrestricted play and curiosity. Children’s innate curiosity for nature brings about connection, and learning naturally follows in their own unique rhythm. Sassafras’ nature connection mentors truly listen to their stories and help deepen experiences.

 

Children will move their bodies, wander and explore, take on responsibilities, practice fine motor skills, do hands-on projects, tell their own stories, make up songs, and play to their heart's content. As Richard Louv’ points out, we need vitamin “N” (Nature time) to become whole and Sassafras offers unlimited nature time in a structure that can be compared with the setting of a small village.

 

This is an all outdoors program with seasonal learning and activities that will include learning about and participating in our LandCulture Project, beginning earth and ancestral skills, harvest and outdoor processing, naturalist skills, and natural and Indigenous history. Activities to quiet the mind, to learn how to tap into our inner knowing, and following a natural and relaxed pace of our day together are vital. Children will spend time in a mixed age group, and a portion of the day in smaller groups according to age. 

 

Youth need to be dressed for the weather (on rainy days in full rain gear, on colder days in snow-suits, waterproof boots, wool socks, hats, gloves) for a full day of reconnecting to your wild side! Bring a lunch, snack and water bottle in a day pack. 

Dates: Fall Series of 8 Fridays rain or shine: 

Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 2021

Time: 9am – 3pm at Sassafras
Cost: Regular Price $480 for the Series of 8 Fridays.

We offer payment plans, financial aid, and our Repair Fund covers full tuition for Wampanoag and IBPOC families that choose to.

Try-out: Please schedule a visit with us in advance.

 
Girls Afterschool Fall 2021

This program runs according to interest and is not open for registration yet.

Please email us @ saskiav@mac.com if you are interested and to pre-register.

For girls ages 8 to 14.

 

After-school program on Thursdays for girls & pre-teen girls to deepen their connection with the land,  themselves and each other. Explore woods, trails, streams, and coastline, delve into natural mysteries, find wild edibles and medicinals, play games that heighten your awareness, laugh with friends and express yourself.  Engage in storytelling, cooking over a fire, singing, and following your passion. Learn to take the lead and work as a team to experience the empowerment of meeting edges together with other girls, guided by women mentors.

 

Girls can take the school bus to Aquinnah and will be picked up at the Aquinnah Town Hall bus stop. At the end of the program, parents pick up at Sassafras. 

Dates:  Series of Thursdays: Sept and Oct dates t.b.a.

Times:  From 3 - 5pm (or when the schoolbus arrives in Aquinnah)
Cost Series: t.b.d. 

 
Saturday Youth Fall 2021 - FULL

For ages 7 - 14

Sassafras’ Saturday Youth program is an all outdoors program during the school year for ages 7 and up (we accept a few 6 year olds that come with an older sibling). In this program we focus on seasonal outdoor learning and activities that will include learning about and participating in our LandCulture Project, earth and ancestral skills, harvest and outdoor processing, naturalist skills, natural and Indigenous history, and activities to quiet the mind to learn how to tap into our inner knowing, all while following a natural and relaxed pace. Children will spend time in a mixed age group, and a portion of the day in smaller groups according to age. 

 

Are you ready for some fantastic outdoor adventures and learning some amazing life skills? 

Youth need to be dressed for the weather (on rainy days in full rain gear, on cold days in snow-suits, waterproof boots, wool socks, hats, gloves) for a full day of reconnecting to your wild side! Bring a lunch, snack and water bottle in a day pack.

Dates: Fall Series of 8 Fridays rain or shine: 

Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 2021

Time: 9am – 3pm at Sassafras
Cost: Regular Price $400 for the Series of 8 Saturdays.

We offer payment plans, financial aid, and our Repair Fund covers full tuition for Wampanoag and IBPOC families that choose to.

 
Sassafras Afterschool Fall 2021

This program runs according to interest and is not open for registration yet.

Please email us @ saskiav@mac.com if you are interested and to pre-register.

For youth ages 6 and up.

 

After-school program on Thursdays for girls & pre-teen girls to deepen their connection with the land,  themselves and each other. Explore woods, trails, streams, and coastline, delve into natural mysteries, find wild edibles and medicinals, play games that heighten your awareness, laugh with friends and express yourself.  Engage in storytelling, cooking over a fire, singing, and following your passion. Learn to take the lead and work as a team to experience the empowerment of meeting edges together with other girls, guided by women mentors.

 

Girls can take the school bus to Aquinnah and will be picked up at the Aquinnah Town Hall bus stop. At the end of the program, parents pick up at Sassafras. 

Dates:  Series of Thursdays: Sept and Oct dates t.b.a.

Times:  From 3 - 5pm (or when the schoolbus arrives in Aquinnah)
Cost Series: t.b.d. 

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April Vacation - will not be offered in 2021

Grades K and up.

Join a “classic” day at Sassafras in April Vacation, for outdoor skills, games and fun survival challenges!  Sign up for the entire week titled “Spring into Nature” that Sassafras is a part of. It’s organized by Felix Neck and the MVEEA, with a different location every day. 

Date: Tuesday in April Vacation

Time: 8:30 am – 3 pm

Registration thru Felix Neck

 
Outdoor Home School

Sassafras’ Outdoor Home School program provides naturalist-, earth- and life skills training, through hands-on outdoor experiences that are balanced with reading & writing on outdoor topics. Our curriculum includes nature observation, sensory awareness games, tracking, crafting,  creative storytelling, research and journaling, bird language and playing music. Experience a natural way of learning, by following the seasonal changes and place-based curriculum, through quality mentoring.

Public / Private School Programs

Sassafras offers a variety of programs for schools and other organizations. In the past, we have facilitated day programs as well as overnight experiences, for the Oak Bluffs School, the Chilmark School, the Charter School, and schools off-island. Together with the school’s team or teacher, we create a format that includes the school's objectives and work with elementary middle and high school students.