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Homeschool Programming

Our homeschool programs are our oldest and longest running programs and very near and dear to our hearts.  It has been an honor to deliver an experience of connection with the natural world to such an extraordinary group of young people who choose to come back into the woods with us year after year. 

  • 4-H Acres FALL/Spring
    FALL: Sept. 20 - Dec. 20, 2018
    SPRING: Mar. 28 - June 13, 2019
    For Ages 6 - 16
    Come explore 400 acres of diverse environments: the Ash Grove, the Hemlock forest, the Beaver dam, bubbling streams, open meadows, and more.
  • 4-H Acres WINTER
    January 10 - March 21, 2019
    For ages 6-10
    Hone your winter survival skills and make your home in the 400 acres of diverse natural areas at 4-H Acres each week.
  • Winter Explorers
    January 10 - March 21, 2019
    For Ages 10-16
    Depart from Cornell Cooperative Extension weekly to practice tracking, forestry, navigation, storytelling and more in locations throughout the county.
"We love Primitive Pursuits and part of our exuberance is for the program itself and perhaps even a bigger part is the amazing energy, respectful child centered, youth development-focused, democratic approach that you and your staff have with kids." K.Y., After School Parent

We welcome children from ages 6-16, and create time each day for community gathering, gratitude, individual interest, exploration, and peer-based projects. We hold a family celebration potluck at the end of the fall and spring sessions, where families and friends are invited to come share food and stories of the season.

Our homeschool community is in many ways the heart of Primitive Pursuits, one of the core places we are weaving our basket of community and connection, and which has been growing and evolving for over 15 years!


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4-H Acres Homeschool Program

Our home base! Nestled among 400 acres of diverse natural areas 4-H Acres is home to hemlock groves, forest swamps, beaver habitats and the babbling brooks that feed into Fall Creek. Meet Grandmother Hickory, look for fisher sign and settle into Village Camp, with its primitive shelter and cob oven. Or make time for tea at White Pine Camp before an epic game takes you through the goldenrod meadow and the dogwood maze. On trail or off trail, animal sign and native plant life abound here, providing endless opportunity for learning.

  • Fall Trimester: September - December
  • Winter Explorers and Winter Tracks and Trails:
    January - March
  • Spring Trimester: April - June

All programs run 9:00AM - 1:30PM.

Winter Tracks and Trails (Ages 6-10)
Winter Explorers (Ages 10-14)
Thursdays Traveling from CCE

Boldly go places you've never been before! Join us as we explore different winter habitats each week around Tompkins County, and push our wilderness living skills in new directions. Pack up the snow gear and hop on the Primitive Pursuits Express. We'll take advantage of the season, no matter the weather, to practice tracking, forestry, navigation, storytelling and Winter SURVIVAL!

This is a traveling weekly program that leaves in a van from Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave.


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"Primitive Pursuits is great, it’s not easy to find a thing where my children feel truly welcome, and Primitive Pursuits has been a safe haven for them. It’s such a wonderful program, you don’t need to sit there and lecture or talk about nature because you’re simply experiencing it." K.S., Parent

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