Sassafras Homeschool Fall 2020

For kids ages 6 and up


Our Friday homeschool program meets weekly for 10 times in fall, winter, and spring. Its nothing like home, and all about being outside on the land, in nature and in the wild. Learn about our LandCulture, explore your curiosity in our woods and trails, learn naturalist and earth skills, and play with friends in beautiful Aquinnah Wampanoag territory. Come dressed for the weather and prepared for a full day of reconnecting to our wild side. Bring a lunch, snack and water bottle!

Dates: Fall Series of 10 Fridays starting mid September 2020

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

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

Forest Kindergarten Fall 2020

Suitable for children 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 spend the day outside, while we do have a yurt to give us a break from very cold or wet weather. 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.


Our excellent programming is based on Nature Connection Mentoring, also the 8 Shields Model. Our network's collective experience over the past 30 years, has shown that children coming up through NCM programs, consistently develop healthy attributes that are so needed in today’s world like happiness, vitality, inquisitiveness, empathy, helpfulness, and a deep love for all that lives. We have 8 spaces available and offer payment plans and financial aid.

Dates: Fall Series of 10 Fridays starting mid September 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 Series

Ages 6 and up

Sassafras’ Saturday Youth program is an ongoing outdoor program during the school year for ages 6 and up. We spend the day outside, finding nature’s mysteries, honing outdoor and earth skills, and playing games. Developing common sense and learning how to be safe in the woods is balanced with timeless exploration, play, and crafting. All-time favorites are shelter building, ancient fire making, cooking over an open fire, whittling, sneaking and stalking, tracking, bird language, storytelling, JTC, and many other nature games. As soon as you are ready for some fantastic outdoor adventures and learning some new skills, bring a lunch and a water bottle in a day pack, and wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry for a day outside!

Dates: Fall Series of 10 Saturdays starting mid September 2020

Times: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: We offer payment plans, financial aid and repair funds for BIPOC.

     $400 Series of 10 Saturdays 

     $225 Half Series of 5 Saturdays

     $50 Walk-in for 1 Day 

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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