Family Forest School

Is a program created for a parent to participate in together with their child/ren. Each month families can sign up for a new 4-week session. Included in each session is a digital bible-based science curriculum meant to be used outside as you explore local flora, fauna and fungi. You can choose to purchase and do the curriculum at home, or you can join our community of like-minded families participating in the curriculum weekly at local forest preserves. The curriculum is designed for children ages 3-10, but is very adaptable and learning can be extended to most age ranges. Get the digital curriculum and participate in weekly family forest school sessions for the flat rate of $100 per family per month no matter family size. During class, you can follow along the curriculum on your phone, or we'll provide a printed color copy for an additional $10 fee per month. To participate in weekly family forest school classes, you must register your family and purchase the digital curriculum. 

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is specially designed to include animals, plants and fungi that can really be found in your backyard or local forest in the season our class is hosted. This type of hands-on science learning enables students to be active participants in their own learning, which helps them retain information and understand important scientific concepts.

CLASS RHYTHM

Come as a family to our weekly forest school class to play games, participate in the curriculum discussion and overview, explore the curriculum hands-on, and then hike through the woods with other participants to discover the plants and animals that were learned about that day.

PAYMENT

The family cost for a month-long session is a flat rate of $100 dollars for the digital curriculum and forest school meetings, or $110 for the paper and digital curriculum and meetings. Payments can be sent via zelle or paypal. Paypal transactions will be issued a 4.5% service fee. To avoid service fees, a digital zelle payment can be sent to rachel@freehavenfs.com. Paypal transactions can be paid below. For alternative payment options, please call or text us at 708-740-0131.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Included in the curriculum is a weekly booklist to help curious explorers find more answers during the week, an at-home activity to extend learning each week, and a new bible memory verse to work on each month. At the end of each month, the students recite their memory verse together to win a special prize.

WHAT TO EXPECT

During our 2-hour class we often play in creeks, build forts and bridges, and follow the children's lead on what to explore and discover. One of our trained forest school teachers will lead the family forest school session and facilitate each activity and transition.

LOCATIONS

This session of family forest school will be meeting weekly at Will County forest preserves. The session options are on Mondays at Goodenow Grove or on Wednesdays at Hickory Creek. There is a 2- hour class scheduled at either 9am or 3pm at each location. Each family may register for one time slot at one location per session. Once your family purchases the curriculum and fills out the registration form, you can expect an email with the curriculum and a parking location and meeting point each week for the entire month. The dates for each meeting are listed on the registration form. 

Family Forest School Calendar

Due to the popularity of this program, we have added a calendar with set days when registration for our monthly sessions will open. You can set a calendar reminder on your phone so you can register before our classes fill up!

Priority registration is only available for families already participating in the program.

Public registration typically opens a week after priority registration begins. 

Our classes fill up quickly! If you want to attend with a friend, be sure to register as soon as registration opens. 

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