Sassafras Homeschool Fall 2020 - FULL

For ages 7 - 14

Sassafras homeschool program meets weekly on Fridays and Wednesdays (with enough interest) for 10 weeks in fall, winter, and spring. This is an all outdoors program with 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 of our day together. Children will spend some time in a mixed age group, and a portion of the day in subgroups according to age. 

 

Come dressed for the weather and prepared for a full day of reconnecting to our wild side. Bring a lunch, snack and water bottle in a day pack (no bags pls).

Dates: Fall Series of 10 Fridays start on Sept 18 and end on Nov 20, 2020

Time: Fridays from 9am - 3pm
Cost: We offer payment plans, financial aid, and repair funds for BIPOC 

Regular Price $400 / Series of 10 Fridays (rain or shine)

 
Forest Kindergarten Fall 2020 - FULL

For ages 4 to 7

 

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 some time in a mixed age group, and a portion of the day in subgroups according to age. 

 

Come dressed for the weather and prepared for a full day of reconnecting to our wild side. Bring a lunch, snack and a water bottle in a day pack (no bags pls)

Dates: Fall Series of 10 Fridays starting on Sept 18 ending on Nov 20, 2020

Time: 9 am – 3 pm at Sassafras
Cost: We offer payment plans, financial aid, and repair funds for BIPOC. 

$480 Series of 10 Fridays (rain or shine)

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

 
Girls Afterschool T.B.D.

For girls ages 8-12

 

After-school program on 8 Fridays for girls & pre-teen girls to deepen the 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. Parents pick up at Sassafras at the end of the program. There is an optional overnight experience towards the end of the series and the additional cost is $75.

Dates:  8 Fridays in April, May, June 2021
Cost Series: $150 (with Overnight $225)

 
Saturday Youth Fall 2020 - FULL

For ages 7 - 14

Sassafras’ Saturday Youth program is an all outdoors program during the school year for ages 7 and up. 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. 

 

Are you ready for some fantastic outdoor adventures and learning some amazing life skills? Enroll or inquire for a try out, as we are currently not offering walk ins. We can make a few exceptions for younger children that are already enrolled in the Friday Forest Kindergarten Program, and that are ready to attend 2 days of Sassafras a week. 

 

Bring a lunch and a water bottle in a day pack (no bags please), and wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry for a full day outside!

Dates: Fall Series of 10 Saturdays starting Sept 19, ending Nov 21, 2020

Times: 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: We offer payment plans, financial aid and repair funds for BIPOC.

     $400 Series of 10 Saturdays
 

 
Saturday Youth Walk-in Days
are currently NOT offered

Ages 6 and up.

Walk-in days are great for youth with busy schedules but still want to fit in Sassafras’ Nature Connection experiences. Please refer to the description above in Saturday Youth Series

.

Times: 10 am – 4 pm at Sassafras
Cost: $50 Walk-in, or pick 5 dates in a series - in advance - for $200

April Vacation 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. 

Sassafras Earth Education

5 Church Street

Aquinnah, MA 02535

508 645 2008

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