- Ages: 13 to 16
- Mondays, 4:15 pm - 6:45 pm at State Botanical Gardens
- September 2018 through early April 2019
- There will be two overnight campouts:
- October 27-28
- March 23-24
- Tuition: $1,100
- Early bird pricing: $1,045 until August 15th
- Payment plans are available if you need to spread your payment out over 6 months
- See our payment policy online here
Acorn is our weekly after school program for teenagers; named for the youth stage of the mighty oak tree, a cornerstone of our ecosystem here in north Georgia. In order to have stability and abundance in the future, we must tend the youth today and help them grow.
Our goal for the program is to have fun together outside and create a community space where the teens feel comfortable and accepted as they stretch out and grow through the journey of adolescence. Together we play games (of the full-blown running variety as well as games that heighten awareness), use basic camping and wilderness skills, make natural art and handcrafts, and get a taste of forest living — each week is a gentle balance of learning the land through exploration, focused activity, and play!
In Nature Connection we have core routines that we practice in all of our programs. These include sharing gratitude for the things we care about, wandering the land, and skill sharing to create an environment where it’s simple to relate to nature and those around you. It’s important to us to meet participants where they’re at, and make Nature Connection easy and accessible. We achieve this by sharing our passions as mentors, being open to playfulness, and by practicing flexibility to adapt to any situation. We hope to role model these behaviors to the teens in our program.
Each week our mentors come prepared with activities that encourage excitement and involvement with nature’s many virtues. The activities and projects are subject to change depending on what’s available and the teens’ particular interests. We strongly encourage the teens to pursue what inspires them and we will do what we can to help them develop the skills that most appeal to them.
This program will be held at the Botanical Gardens of Georgia. The Botanical Gardens offer a wide range of ecosystems to learn from. There will be two overnight camping trips in the program. We will provide delicious food for dinner and breakfast during these two campouts. We strive to source as much food locally and that is in season as much as possible in order to stay connected with the land and to our local community farmers.
Our overnights are held on a beautiful 600 acre property in Oglethorpe County. Boulders and quarries draped in moss and resurrection fern, beaver trails surrounding the pond, creeks lined with vibrant violet flowers, a big field for playing and finding wild plants to eat, and miles and miles of trails to explore!