Our Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures are listed here by program area. Please give us a call at 607-272-2292 ext. 195 or use the contact form linked at the bottom of this page if you have additional questions.

Preschool Programs:

Ithaca Forest Preschool Refund & Cancellation Policy

If the Ithaca City School District cancels school due to snow or hazardous weather, or if the Tompkins County sheriff declares the roads are closed due to hazardous conditions, our preschool programs will be cancelled. If the ICSD issues a delayed start, we will still plan to open on time. However, we ask for your understanding if our instructors are delayed by road conditions. They will start as close to on time as possible. In addition, we encourage parents to travel only when they feel it is safe. There will be no refunds given for cancellation of preschool-age programs for weather-related reasons.


Should you choose to cancel an enrollment for any reason, our refund policy is as follows:

1. If you cancel 30 or more days prior to the program starting date, you are entitled to a full refund, minus the deposit.

2. If you cancel between 29 and 14 days prior to the program starting date, Primitive Pursuits will retain half the program tuition.

3. If you cancel fewer than 14 days prior to the program starting date or after the program has begun, there will be no refunds.

Ithaca Forest Preschool Transportation Options

TCAT Bus

Route 41 is a Demand and Response zone that services 4-H Acres. You may arrange transportation to and from 4-H Acres by calling TCAT @ 277-7433.

Way2Go

Way2Go works collaboratively to help people find alternative transportation options. Check out their website to explore the many transportation options of Tompkins County: Way2Go

Ithaca Forest Preschool "To Bring" Policy

For your child's safety and enjoyment, it is essential that he or she has what s/he needs on every day of our program. If even one child is unable to stay warm, we may need to shorten our outside time for safety. If your child arrives at school without the proper gear, our staff may decide it is not safe for her or him to stay. In this situation you would be asked to return with your child later in the day and with adequate gear.

It is part of our job to help you learn how to dress your child appropriately for our program. To help us do this, we have produced detailed to-bring lists and a color brochure called "Dressing for Winter Fun".

A Note about Winter

If you are hesitant to enroll for Winter due to concerns about snow and cold, we encourage you to contact us! Our staff has decades of combined experience leading programs outside in challenging weather, and as a result we have a number of great resources for families, including our annual Winter Dressing Workshop held in November of each year. Check out our Winter Dressing Brochure for tips and guidelines about how to dress well for winter.

Ithaca Forest Preschool Medication Administration Policy

You are required to provide a doctor's written order and information on any medication (prescription or O.T.C.) that your child may be taking during programs. All medication must be in its original container. When you sign your child into the program a designated instructor will sign in any medication and will carry it until needed by your child.

By NYS Health Department regulations, all medications must be self-administered unless the child is unable to do so. When the program is over, be sure to sign out your child's medication.

Diversity & Inclusion

We create a space where each participant can feel at home among peers and mentors and within the elements of nature. Experiencing the non-judgmental simplicity and expansiveness of nature within a supportive group creates a powerful space for healthy personal growth. More about our commitment to diversity here: http://ccetompkins.org/diversity

Scholarship Information

Primitive Pursuits is committed to making our programs available to as many people as possible. To this end, we generate scholarships via our sliding-scale fee on a program-to-program basis. Any contributions made over the minimum of the sliding scale for all our programs is considered a contribution to our scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds alongside fundraising proceeds and are awarded based on equitable distribution.

What to know about scholarships before applying:

  • The maximum scholarship we can supply for any program is outlined below by program type.
  • Full scholarships are considered under extenuating circumstances, and on a case by case basis.
  • Scholarship applications must be submitted a minimum of 10 days before the program start date.

Maximum scholarship by program:

  • After School, Homeschool and School break programs: 50% of program cost up to $100.
  • Adult Workshops: 50% of program cost up to $100.
  • Summer Camp: $100 per week of summer camp for a maximum of 2 weeks of camp.
  • Forest Preschool Trimester: $100 in scholarship for the first day/week, then $50 for each additional day/week (e.g., If you are registered for Mondays & Wednesdays, the maximum amount in scholarship would be $150)

How to apply:

  • When submitting a scholarship application, please remember that no space can be held without a deposit. If participation is contingent upon scholarship funding, please submit your scholarship application with a check or credit card payment for the deposit in order to hold your spot in the desired program. If you do not receive enough scholarship to attend the program you are applying for, your deposit will be refunded.
  • If you are requesting more than the maximum scholarship, please contact our registrar at (607) 272-2292.
  • We will get back to you about your scholarship application within one week of submission.
  • If you have created an account and registered for a program in Camp Ground Control, please go to the following link to access your account portal to apply for a scholarship: primitivepursuits.campgroundcontrol.com/account/signin

Late Pick-Up Policy

Our staff have families, too! If your child remains in our care beyond the appointed pick up time we reserve the right to charge you for the additional supervision costs incurred. The cost is $20 for each fifteen minute increment or portion thereof. By signing the registration form you agree to this policy and agree to be charged accordingly.

Youth:

Medication Administration Policy

You are required to provide a doctor's written order and information for any medication (prescription or O.T.C.) that your child may be taking during programs. All medication must be in their original container. When you sign your child into a program a designated instructor will sign in any medication and will carry it until needed by your child. By NYS Health Department regulations, all medications must be self-administered - including EpiPens. Your child may not be permitted to come to the program if he or she is unable to self-administer required medication. When the program is over, be sure to sign out your child's medication.

Diversity & Inclusion

We create a space where each participant can feel at home among peers and mentors and within the elements of nature. Experiencing the non-judgmental simplicity and expansiveness of nature within a supportive group creates a powerful space for healthy personal growth. More about our commitment to diversity here: http://ccetompkins.org/diversity

Scholarship Information

Primitive Pursuits is committed to making our programs available to as many people as possible. To this end, we generate scholarships via our sliding-scale fee on a program-to-program basis. Any contributions made over the minimum of the sliding scale for all our programs is considered a contribution to our scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds alongside fundraising proceeds and are awarded based on equitable distribution.

What to know about scholarships before applying:

  • The maximum scholarship we can supply for any program is outlined below by program type.
  • Full scholarships are considered under extenuating circumstances, and on a case by case basis.
  • Scholarship applications must be submitted a minimum of 10 days before the program start date.

Maximum scholarship by program:

  • After School, Homeschool and School break programs: 50% of program cost up to $100.
  • Adult Workshops: 50% of program cost up to $100.
  • Summer Camp: $100 per week of summer camp for a maximum of 2 weeks of camp.
  • Forest Preschool Trimester: $100 in scholarship for the first day/week, then $50 for each additional day/week (e.g., If you are registered for Mondays & Wednesdays, the maximum amount in scholarship would be $150)

How to apply:

  • When submitting a scholarship application, please remember that no space can be held without a deposit. If participation is contingent upon scholarship funding, please submit your scholarship application with a check or credit card payment for the deposit in order to hold your spot in the desired program. If you do not receive enough scholarship to attend the program you are applying for, your deposit will be refunded.
  • If you are requesting more than the maximum scholarship, please contact our registrar at (607) 272-2292.
  • We will get back to you about your scholarship application within one week of submission.
  • If you have created an account and registered for a program in Camp Ground Control, please go to the following link to access your account portal to apply for a scholarship: primitivepursuits.campgroundcontrol.com/account/signin

Participant Cancellation Refund Policy

If you need to cancel an enrollment for any reason, our refund policy is as follows:

  1. If you cancel 30 or more days prior to the program starting date, you are entitled to a full refund, minus the non-refundable deposit.
  2. If you cancel between 10 - 30 days prior to the program starting date, Primitive Pursuits will retain half the program tuition.
  3. If you cancel fewer than 10 days prior to the program starting date or after the program has begun, there will be no refunds.

Transportation Options

TCAT Bus

Route 41 is a Demand and Response zone that services 4-H Acres. You may arrange transportation to and from 4-H Acres by calling TCAT @ 277-7433.

School Bus

Your child's school bus may be able to drop-off at our after-school programs! To arrange school-bus drop-off, call ICSD Transportation at: 274-2128.

Way2Go

Way2Go works collaboratively to help people find alternative transportation options. Check out their website to explore the many transportation options of Tompkins County: Way2Go

Late Pick-Up Policy

Our staff have families, too! If your child remains in our care beyond the appointed pick up time we reserve the right to charge you for the additional supervision costs incurred. The cost is $20 for each fifteen minute increment or portion thereof. By signing the registration form you agree to this policy and agree to be charged accordingly.

Required Items "to bring list" Policy

Youth Programs

For the health of each camper and to facilitate high quality programming, we provide a list of required items that you or your child must bring to each day of each program. If your child does not arrive equipped with all of the outlined items, your child may be sent home for the day without a refund. This list will vary from season to season. Please see the To-Bring Lists linked below.

Adult & Teen Programs

For all of our adult and teen programming, we will be sending an email the week prior to the workshop with a list of recommended items to bring. If you have any questions about what to bring, please feel free to contact our office via email or phone. If the to-bring list includes larger items such as backpacks, sleeping bags or sleeping pads, we have a limited number available for participants to borrow for overnight programs.

A Note about Winter

If you are considering signing up for a program during the winter months, but are hesitant due to concerns about snow, the cold, etc., we encourage you to contact us! Our staff has decades of combined experience leading programs outside in the snow, and as a result we have a number of great resources for families, including our annual Winter Dressing Workshop held in November of each year. Check out our Winter Dressing Brochure for tips and guidelines about how to dress well for winter.

Program Cancellation Refund Policy

If a single-day program (such as a school-break day) is canceled due to inclement weather, we will credit your payment toward a future program or refund your payment minus a $15 processing fee. If a single day of an ongoing program (such as a week-long camp, Homeschool program, or after-school programs) is canceled, no refunds will be made.

We will cancel our programs if the Ithaca City School District cancels school due to snow or hazardous weather. If the program takes place on a school break day or holiday, we will cancel our programs if the Tompkins County sheriff declares that the roads are closed due to hazardous conditions. If there is a 2 hour delay, we will delay our program for 1 hour. As always, we encourage people to travel only when they feel it is safe. You can check here for current school and road closings.

Teen:

Medication Administration Policy

You are required to provide a doctor's written order and information for any medication (prescription or O.T.C.) that your child may be taking during programs. All medication must be in their original container. When you sign your child into a program a designated instructor will sign in any medication and will carry it until needed by your child. By NYS Health Department regulations, all medications must be self-administered - including EpiPens. Your child may not be permitted to come to the program if he or she is unable to self-administer required medication. When the program is over, be sure to sign out your child's medication.

Diversity & Inclusion

We create a space where each participant can feel at home among peers and mentors and within the elements of nature. Experiencing the non-judgmental simplicity and expansiveness of nature within a supportive group creates a powerful space for healthy personal growth. More about our commitment to diversity here: http://ccetompkins.org/diversity

Scholarship Information

Primitive Pursuits is committed to making our programs available to as many people as possible. To this end, we generate scholarships via our sliding-scale fee on a program-to-program basis. Any contributions made over the minimum of the sliding scale for all our programs is considered a contribution to our scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds alongside fundraising proceeds and are awarded based on equitable distribution.

What to know about scholarships before applying:

  • The maximum scholarship we can supply for any program is outlined below by program type.
  • Full scholarships are considered under extenuating circumstances, and on a case by case basis.
  • Scholarship applications must be submitted a minimum of 10 days before the program start date.

Maximum scholarship by program:

  • After School, Homeschool and School break programs: 50% of program cost up to $100.
  • Adult Workshops: 50% of program cost up to $100.
  • Summer Camp: $100 per week of summer camp for a maximum of 2 weeks of camp.
  • Forest Preschool Trimester: $100 in scholarship for the first day/week, then $50 for each additional day/week (e.g., If you are registered for Mondays & Wednesdays, the maximum amount in scholarship would be $150)

How to apply:

  • When submitting a scholarship application, please remember that no space can be held without a deposit. If participation is contingent upon scholarship funding, please submit your scholarship application with a check or credit card payment for the deposit in order to hold your spot in the desired program. If you do not receive enough scholarship to attend the program you are applying for, your deposit will be refunded.
  • If you are requesting more than the maximum scholarship, please contact our registrar at (607) 272-2292.
  • We will get back to you about your scholarship application within one week of submission.
  • If you have created an account and registered for a program in Camp Ground Control, please go to the following link to access your account portal to apply for a scholarship: primitivepursuits.campgroundcontrol.com/account/signin

Participant Cancellation Refund Policy

If you need to cancel an enrollment for any reason, our refund policy is as follows:

  1. If you cancel 30 or more days prior to the program starting date, you are entitled to a full refund, minus the non-refundable deposit.
  2. If you cancel between 10 - 30 days prior to the program starting date, Primitive Pursuits will retain half the program tuition.
  3. If you cancel fewer than 10 days prior to the program starting date or after the program has begun, there will be no refunds.

Transportation Options

TCAT Bus

Route 41 is a Demand and Response zone that services 4-H Acres. You may arrange transportation to and from 4-H Acres by calling TCAT @ 277-7433.

School Bus

Your child's school bus may be able to drop-off at our after-school programs! To arrange school-bus drop-off, call ICSD Transportation at: 274-2128.

Way2Go

Way2Go works collaboratively to help people find alternative transportation options. Check out their website to explore the many transportation options of Tompkins County: Way2Go

Required Items "to bring list" Policy

Youth Programs

For the health of each camper and to facilitate high quality programming, we provide a list of required items that you or your child must bring to each day of each program. If your child does not arrive equipped with all of the outlined items, your child may be sent home for the day without a refund. This list will vary from season to season. Please see the To-Bring Lists linked below.

Adult & Teen Programs

For all of our adult and teen programming, we will be sending an email the week prior to the workshop with a list of recommended items to bring. If you have any questions about what to bring, please feel free to contact our office via email or phone. If the to-bring list includes larger items such as backpacks, sleeping bags or sleeping pads, we have a limited number available for participants to borrow for overnight programs.

A Note about Winter

If you are considering signing up for a program during the winter months, but are hesitant due to concerns about snow, the cold, etc., we encourage you to contact us! Our staff has decades of combined experience leading programs outside in the snow, and as a result we have a number of great resources for families, including our annual Winter Dressing Workshop held in November of each year. Check out our Winter Dressing Brochure for tips and guidelines about how to dress well for winter.

Program Cancellation Refund Policy

If a single-day program (such as a school-break day) is canceled due to inclement weather, we will credit your payment toward a future program or refund your payment minus a $15 processing fee. If a single day of an ongoing program (such as a week-long camp, Homeschool program, or after-school programs) is canceled, no refunds will be made.

We will cancel our programs if the Ithaca City School District cancels school due to snow or hazardous weather. If the program takes place on a school break day or holiday, we will cancel our programs if the Tompkins County sheriff declares that the roads are closed due to hazardous conditions. If there is a 2 hour delay, we will delay our program for 1 hour. As always, we encourage people to travel only when they feel it is safe. You can check here for current school and road closings.

Adult:

Diversity & Inclusion

We create a space where each participant can feel at home among peers and mentors and within the elements of nature. Experiencing the non-judgmental simplicity and expansiveness of nature within a supportive group creates a powerful space for healthy personal growth. More about our commitment to diversity here: http://ccetompkins.org/diversity

Scholarship Information

Primitive Pursuits is committed to making our programs available to as many people as possible. To this end, we generate scholarships via our sliding-scale fee on a program-to-program basis. Any contributions made over the minimum of the sliding scale for all our programs is considered a contribution to our scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds alongside fundraising proceeds and are awarded based on equitable distribution.

What to know about scholarships before applying:

  • The maximum scholarship we can supply for any program is outlined below by program type.
  • Full scholarships are considered under extenuating circumstances, and on a case by case basis.
  • Scholarship applications must be submitted a minimum of 10 days before the program start date.

Maximum scholarship by program:

  • After School, Homeschool and School break programs: 50% of program cost up to $100.
  • Adult Workshops: 50% of program cost up to $100.
  • Summer Camp: $100 per week of summer camp for a maximum of 2 weeks of camp.
  • Forest Preschool Trimester: $100 in scholarship for the first day/week, then $50 for each additional day/week (e.g., If you are registered for Mondays & Wednesdays, the maximum amount in scholarship would be $150)

How to apply:

  • When submitting a scholarship application, please remember that no space can be held without a deposit. If participation is contingent upon scholarship funding, please submit your scholarship application with a check or credit card payment for the deposit in order to hold your spot in the desired program. If you do not receive enough scholarship to attend the program you are applying for, your deposit will be refunded.
  • If you are requesting more than the maximum scholarship, please contact our registrar at (607) 272-2292.
  • We will get back to you about your scholarship application within one week of submission.
  • If you have created an account and registered for a program in Camp Ground Control, please go to the following link to access your account portal to apply for a scholarship: primitivepursuits.campgroundcontrol.com/account/signin

Participant Cancellation Refund Policy

If you need to cancel an enrollment for any reason, our refund policy is as follows:

  1. If you cancel 30 or more days prior to the program starting date, you are entitled to a full refund, minus the non-refundable deposit.
  2. If you cancel between 10 - 30 days prior to the program starting date, Primitive Pursuits will retain half the program tuition.
  3. If you cancel fewer than 10 days prior to the program starting date or after the program has begun, there will be no refunds.

Program Cancellation Refund Policy

If a single-day program (such as a school-break day) is canceled due to inclement weather, we will credit your payment toward a future program or refund your payment minus a $15 processing fee. If a single day of an ongoing program (such as a week-long camp, Homeschool program, or after-school programs) is canceled, no refunds will be made.

We will cancel our programs if the Ithaca City School District cancels school due to snow or hazardous weather. If the program takes place on a school break day or holiday, we will cancel our programs if the Tompkins County sheriff declares that the roads are closed due to hazardous conditions. If there is a 2 hour delay, we will delay our program for 1 hour. As always, we encourage people to travel only when they feel it is safe. You can check here for current school and road closings.

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