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. 

Now Registering for Spring 2024 

Tracks and Trails

Thursdays 9:00 am – 1:30 PM

We will will make our winter home in the forest and practice our tracking, forestry, navigation, storytelling, winter shelters and more at our base in the woods of 4-H Acres!

THURSDAYS
Jan 4 through March 7 (No program February 22)

Cost: $350-$450 (scholarships available)
Deposit: $100
Ages: 6-10

Winter Explorers

Thursdays 9:15 am – 1:45 PM

Hit the trails all over town!  This intrepid group meets at Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins office each week then hops on a 4-H van to find new and exciting adventures off the beaten path. The address for Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins office is 615 Willow Ave Ithaca, NY 14850. Drop-off: 9:15am Pick-up: 1:45pm

Jan 4 through March 7 (No program February 22)

Cost: $365-$465 (scholarships available)
Deposit: $100
Age range: 11-15

Spring Homeschool '24

Thurs | Fridays 9:00 am – 1:30 PM

Come explore 400 acres of diverse environments: the Ash Grove, the Hemlock forest, the Beaver dam, 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 the trail or off the trail, animal signs and plant life provide a natural scavenger hunt for us here.

Since 2001 we’ve welcomed children ages 6-16, to create time each week for community gathering, gratitude, individual interest exploration, and peer-based projects.

Thursdays: March 21 – June 6 (No Program April 4)
Cost: $420-$520 (scholarships available)
Deposit: $100
Age range: 6-15
Register by age group
Fridays: March 22 – June 7 (No Program April 5)
Cost: $420-$520 (scholarships available)
Deposit: $100
Ages: 6-10
Primitive Pursuits has been one of the highlights of our sons’ learning, and a joy to our whole family.”
JM, Homeschool Parent