In the pursuit of academic excellence, simple pleasures that build authentic character and soulful connections with one another can often be dismissed. Through our unique approach, we help your child gain experiences that will cultivate values and perspectives that are integral to fostering compassion, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship, all of which are highly appreciated by academic institutions.
Through hands-on activities --and lots and lots of laughter--we help your child develop a true appreciation for human relationships and the natural world. We explore the world through the 12 permaculture principles and its 3 notable ethics in order to understand our environment and our responsibility as citizens of this world. We explore themes such as climate change, food justice, nutrition and homesteading. Cultivating compassion and learning how to connect with one and other locally and globally emerges throughout these themes.
* Adjusting to summer fun virtual learning *
Though the original program was designed to give you, parents, a break while we teach your children how to become proactive environmental stewards as they go on trips and discover many wonderful places, we will have to settle for virtual classes--trips will not take place, but there is no better time than now to foster a deep understanding of our earth and how to coexist in harmony with nature and one and other. We will still learn so much while having fun planting, designing, cooking, making herbal remedies and more! Please treat your child to an inspiring, mind-opening, life-enhancing summer experience.
~Visits to farms, rooftop gardens, and community gardens (and yes, we will harvest what we can)! Canceled during remote learning
~Cooking with familiar and unfamiliar ingredients / discovering new cuisines and exploring new tastes from around the world
~Creating herbal remedies and natural skincare products such as lip balm, salves and moisturizer using organic and fairly traded botanical ingredients
~Gardening & harvesting
~Preparing fermented foods and drinks
~Concocting infusions and tinctures
~Dyeing with fruits and vegetables
~Taking action on social issues that affect local and global access to food
~Designing for eco-friendly spaces and small service projects to help underserved communities
Summer Remote Session:
July 1st- July 31st: MWF. 11:15am-12:45pm
Fall Session: TBD
What is your mode of transportation?
We use public transportation including the MetroNorth and Port Authority Bus (for special 1/2 day trips to the orchards).
Can I miss workshops and be refunded?
We would love to say yes but please understand that fees are already factored into all of our activities, materials, trips, etc. Most importantly, however, our workshops are built on previous lessons and we want your child to get the full experience; we will be working on projects so their attendance is very important. But life happens so we are happy to grant full reimbursement for 1 day missed. 2nd day missed, only 1/2 will be reimbursed. More than 2 days, no refunds will be issued.
Who will be leading the workshops?
Founder and Educator, Klara K. Ibarra (see bio) will be the headteacher. NY State law mandates a 1:30 ratio for children over 8. However, with 14 students enrolled we will bring on board an assistant who has experience teaching and has a clean record (fingerprinted and background check).
Can my child invite a friend?
Yes! 1-2 friends are invited per semester per child. But please be sure to inform me ahead of time so that we can plan accordingly.
Are you CPR certified and trained in First Aid?
Do you need any forms from us?
Yes. You will receive these forms electronically upon your online registration. We will need a photo release form, emergency contact form and permission slip for local fieldstrips.
Where will you be spending most of your time?
We will spend more than 50% of our time outdoors gardening, visiting farms, rooftops gardens, visiting different neighborhoods to learn about cultures, and doing plant identification and exploring in NYC parks. We will also be indoors to make all the wonderful foods, drinks, dyes, herbal remedies, and more.
My child has severe allergies. Do you think my child would be safe in this program?
As you know, allergies, degrees of sensitivity, and types of reactions vary. Please email us for a personal consultation so that we can discuss together what would be best for your child. email@example.com
My child is really into video games. Do you think he/she will enjoy this program?
Yes! Those are exactly the kids we want to inspire to reconnect with nature. We will make sure your child discovers something amazing that will be a turning point for him/her. Most importantly, it's the exposure to a new realm that is important. When they are ready (at any time in their life), they will draw from these experiences and lessons and be able to reflect on them again.
I didn't see my question here.
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