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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. 

  • West Hill
    Tuesdays 9:00AM - 1:30PM (Ages 6-12)
    Join us in 110 beautiful wooded acres of Maple, Oak, and Pine on Ithaca’s West Hill each week from 9:00AM - 1:30PM.
  • East Hill
    Thursdays 9:00AM - 1:30PM (Ages 6-16)
    Come explore 400 acres of diverse environments at our 4-H Acres Base Camp each week from 9:00AM - 1:30PM.
  • Winter Explorers
    Thursdays January 12 - March 16
    Depart from Cornell Cooperative Extension weekly to practice tracking, forestry, navigation, storytelling and SURVIVAL in area locations.
"I want to thank you for voicing for our young people an appreciation and way of recognizing the deeper importance of our human connection with nature. This gives these children a new vocabulary that enables them to articulate for themselves...their feelings about their connection to nature." Parent

Open Registration for 2016-2017 School Year

We welcome children from ages 6-14, and create time each day for community gathering, gratitude, individual interest, exploration, and peer-age 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!

We invite you to connect with us firsthand. Contact our office at (607) 272-2292 ext. 195 to schedule a visit to our homeschool program!

Prices for One Day Option:

Full Year Tuition:

  • Early Payment Before September 6th by 5:00pm: $825
  • Late Payment After September 6th: $900
Special Offer: If paid Before July 1st, receive one week of day camp for $50, OR $300 off one week of overnight camp for ages 11-15.

Trimester Tuition:

  • Fall Trimester Sliding Scale: $325-425
  • Winter Trimester Sliding Scale: $250-350
  • Spring Trimester Sliding Scale: $325-425

*Paid after September 6th: $350-450

Deposit

  • $100 for School Year
  • $50 for Trimester

Year Round Payments Due: September 6th, December 1st, March 1st

Resources:

What to Bring Fall
What to Bring Winter
What to Bring Spring
What to Bring Summer



West Hill Homeschool - Tuesdays (ages 6-14)

Join us in 110 beautiful wooded acres of maple, oak, and pine forests bordering EcoVillage on Ithaca’s West Hill! Visit our primitive shelter and stacked debris wall gathering circle, or sneak through the underbrush following a deer or rabbit path. This site has a wonderful web of trails, a pavilion, an amphitheater, and a small creek gorge to explore.

2016-2017 Dates

  • Fall Trimester: September 20th-December 16th
    • No Program: October 10th, November 11th, November 23rd-25th
    • October 4th: Homeschool Visit Day
    • October 25th: Tuesday Homeschool Family Day
    • December 13th: Tuesday Homeschool Potlatch
  • Winter Explorers and Tracks and Trails: January 9th - March 17th (Thursdays Only)
    • No Program: January 16th, February 21st-24t
  • Spring Trimester: March 21st - June 6th
    • No Program: April 18th-21st
    • April 4th: Homeschool Visit Day
    • April 9th: Homeschool Family Day

All programs run 9:00AM - 1:30PM.
*Ongoing enrollment available

4-H Acres Homeschool - Thursdays (ages 6-16)

Our Home Base camp! Come explore 400 acres of diverse environments: ash groves, hemlock forest, beaver dams, bubbling streams, open meadows, and more. Meet Grandmother Hickory and explore Village Camp, with its primitive shelter and cob oven. Have a snack in White Pine Camp, then play epic games or watch the clouds from the grassy fields. On trail or off trail, animal signs and plant life provide a natural scavenger hunt for us here.

2016-2017 Dates

  • Fall Trimester: September 20th- December 16th
    • No Program: October 10th, November 11th, November 23rd-25th
    • October 6th: Homeschool Visit Day
    • October 27th: Homeschool Family Day
    • December 15th: Thursday Homeschool Potlatch
  • Winter Explorers and Tracks and Trails: January 9th - March 17th
    • No Program: January 16th, February 21st-24th
  • Spring Trimester: March 21st - June 9th
    • No Program: April 18th-21st
    • April 6th: Homeschool Visit Day
    • April 11th: Homeschool Family Day

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

Winter Explorers - Thursdays (ages 10-14)

Boldly go places you've never been before! Join us as we explore a different winter habitat each week around Tompkins County, and push our wilderness living skills in new directions. We'll bring along snowshoes, and hop on the Primitive Pursuits Express to practice tracking, forestry, navigation, storytelling and SURVIVAL!

Winter Trimester only: January 9-March 17th (No program January 16th or February 21-23)

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

Register
Please note that a space is not reserved until we receive a deposit of $100 for the full year, $50 for each trimester. Please call our office at (607) 272-2292 ext. 195 to make a credit card deposit over the phone, or mail a check to 615 Willow Avenue.

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"I want to thank you for voicing for our young people an appreciation and way of recognizing the deeper importance of our human connection with nature. This gives these children a new vocabulary that enables them to articulate for themselves...their feelings about their connection to nature." Parent

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