all in!

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.
"They love absolutely everything. I really cannot say enough positive things. I love the counselors, I love the program, the safety, EVERYTHING!" L.F., Parent

Open Registration for 2017-2018

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!

We invite interested families to visit us and see what it's all about. Contact our office at (607) 272-2292 ext. 195 to schedule a visit to our homeschool program!

Full Year Tuition: $950 - $1200 (sliding scale)

Fall/Spring Only: $675 - $825 (sliding scale)

If paying by trimester, all deposits are due upon registration and remaining trimester payments are due August 2nd, November 1st & March 1st.

Trimester Tuition:

  • Fall Trimester Sliding Scale: $350-450
  • Winter Trimester Sliding Scale: $295-375
  • Spring Trimester Sliding Scale: $335-425


  • $250 for Full Year
  • $100 for each Trimester


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

4-H Acres Homeschool
Thursdays, Ages 6-16

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.

2017-2018 Dates

  • Fall Trimester: September 21st - December 21st
    • No Program: November 9th & 23rd
    • Homeschool Visit Day: TBD
    • Homeschool Family Day: TBD
    • Solstice pot-luck & final celebration: December 21st
  • Winter Explorers and Winter Tracks and Trails:
    January 11th - March 22nd
    • No Program:2/22
  • Spring Trimester: April 5th - June 14th
    • Homeschool Visit Day: TBD
    • Homeschool Family Day: TBD

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

Winter Tracks and Trails (Ages 6-10)
Thursdays, 4-H Acres

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.

Please note that a space is not reserved until we receive a deposit of $250 for the full year, or $100 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.

More About Our Curriculum

How much time have you spent outside today?

Get some ideas for ways to get our and stay out on the Primitive Pursuits Blog.

Check It Out
"Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent." Richard Louv, Author of 'The Last Child in the Woods'

Need a trail guide?

We’re happy to help you navigate. Give us a call at the office (607) 272-2292 ext. 195 or use the link below

Get In Touch

Don't miss a beat, add yourself to our list to get all the latest details.