November 10th – Intro to Outdoor Skills – School’s Out Program

ATTENTION:  This program is currently full.  If you are interested in attending please call us to see if we have any cancellations.  845-645-7772  Thank you!

Join us for a day-long outdoor adventure on November 10th. .

We welcome kids ages 8 – 14

Join us for a day of fun and learning in nature. 9:45 – 3:00 with longer day options.

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Homeschoolers, school students, all kids are welcome !
Previous outdoor experience is not necessary, but a desire to explore being outside is essential!

Children will experience the natural world using practical skills to expand their knowledge. These ancient skills and real world knowledge will instruct them as they go about their everyday lives.
Led by Joe Blevis, this class will give kids opportunities to deepen their
nature awareness and outdoor skills.

Joe has trained at Tom Brown’s Tracker School in NJ. He has taught kids and teens at Children of Earth Foundation. Joe says “Essentially, what I’m hoping to do with these classes is, even if only for a few hours, bring everyone into the present moment and reconnect them nature.



Program Activities Include


Developing focus
Friction Fires

Fire-building and Safety
Plant & Animal Identification
Knife Safety & Knife Work

Adventure Play
How to use your senses in the wild
Outdoor Challenges
Natural shelter building

Program is limited to 12 participants









Program Details and Cost

The program will run from 9:45 am until 3:00 pm. The cost is $45.

Please pack lunch, snacks, a filled waterbottle. Please dress in sturdy comfortable shoes or boots, and dress in layers. The program will run in all weather, rain, snow or shine. If the forecast is for weather below 50 degrees please make sure kids have hats, gloves and several layers or a heavy jacket since the program takes place entirely outdoors. In the event of rain a rainjacket and waterproof boots or shoes are necessary.


Pricing for Siblings:
Outdoor Program 9:45am – 3:00 pm $45 1st child / $40 2nd child

Extended care program will be available from 8:45 – 9:45 am and from 3:00 – 4:30 for additional charge of $10 per am or pm period.

Optional Morning Extended Day 8:45 – 9:45 $10 1st child / $8 2nd child

Optional Afternoon Extended Day 3:00 – 4:30 $10 1st child /$8 2nd child

Extended day program will be held at The Birch School. Dropoff and pickup is at The Birch School, 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern NY 12575. Program participants will travel in the school van to our outdoor destination for the day. By registering for the program you agree to allow The Birch School to transport your child.

Registration Form

Please complete the attached form to register for the program. Payment can be made via cash or check. A deposit of $20 is required to hold your child’s spot. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.