Quiet Forest

Forest Survival School

Our survival program is an 8-week course that teaches children practical outdoor survival skills. Designed for ages 7-14, participants will learn skills like shelter and fire building, proper knife use, navigation, first aid, knots, rope and cordage, trapping, fishing and cooking. Our survival class is a drop-off program that meets weekly for 2-hours. All skills will be taught at safe incremental levels, adjusted to experience and progress as students excel at new skills.


Designed by our experienced instructor, the survival curriculum is meant to meet students where they are. All skills taught will start at a beginner level and as students progress, they will be given harder challenges. If a student possesses background knowledge of a taught topic, they will be challenged to hone the skills they have in advanced projects. Our curriculum is designed to be repeated at different skill levels as students progress in each topic. 

Because our curriculum is child-led, our weekly topics are based on the students interests and the progression of their individual skills.


Our topics include:

  • Weather Safety & Shelter building  

  • Fire Building 

  • Compass and Map Reading 

  • First Aid, Lost Prevention and Planning 

  • Cordage and Knot Tying 

  • Knife Skills 

  • Fishing and Trapping 

  • Water Safety & Cooking over a fire 


Tuition cost for our 8-week forest survival school is $200 per student. There is a $25 supply fee for new survival school participants. 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 of $225 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.


Forest Survival School includes access to our forest school facility, a weekly hands-on 2-hour class that lasts 8-weeks, and our survival curriculum to review new skills at home. All supplies, building and survival materials are included. New participants will pay a $25 supply fee which will include a knife, and any other survival equipment that can be taken home.


Dress for the weather, we meet outside rain or shine! Each week, your child will be immersed in nature learning practical outdoor skills and working on child-led projects with their peers. Whether we're building shelters, or working on fire and knife skills, your child will be under the direction and supervision of one of our trained forest school teachers. On top of building 

 outdoor survival skills, this class will help your child build confidence, independence, problem solving skills, critical thinking and collaboration. Many of these skills translate directly into academics and will help students excel in every task and learning subject.


Forest Survival School will be offered weekly starting in April and ending in May. We are offering a class on Mondays from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm, or on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm-2:30 pm. Meeting dates are listed on the registration form. Registration is limited to 10 participants per class.

Forest Survival School will take place at our private forest school site. Our site features a heated schoolhouse with restrooms, a creek, a zip line, a treehouse and multiple fire-pits surrounded by woodlands. We are conveniently located just off I-355 and I-80 near Francis, Schoolhouse and Parker Rd in Mokena. Our address is 12823 W Regan Rd, Mokena, IL, 60448.