Our Program


Learn more about what LNCS has to offer your family. 

We've Got Skills

We are inquiry-based, and play-driven...letting the learners lead the way. And Skills is in our name, remember? We weave it all together. 

Devoted to children’s holistic development in relationship with the natural world.

We nurture skills that foster children’s affection towards themselves and their ecological community, important parts to becoming healthy and integrated members of it. LNCS takes place entirely outside at Distant Hill Gardens Nature Trail. Children learn to turn to their natural world, and begin to to value it deeply when they come into their own understanding of it. Because of this, LNCS programming is learner-led and focuses on free play and exploration as an important part of our daily routine and environmental instruction. To that end, we provide opportunities for children to learn skills for appropriate risk-taking, to build confidence and resiliency, amongst other quality traits that fortify development of-self and connection-to-nature.. check them out below.

Connection

RESILIENCY & SUSTAINABILITY all weather, all day, all year
OBSERVATION & FAMILIARITY identification, exploration RECIPROCITY & STEWARDSHIP “self-care is group care” foraging, crafts, LnL
REFLECTION circles, forest notebooks, sit-spots IMAGINATION stories, crafts, forest notebooks

Practical

MATS first session hand weaving
FIRE +1 session, starting & tending
HAMMERS & NAILS +1 session, tool safety & guided use SAWS +2 sessions, tool safety & guided use
KNIVES +2 sessions, practice, tool safety & guided use

Daily Schedule

This is the rhythm our days will usually follow.

Drop-Off Window

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Time to say goodbye to parents for the day.

Tender-Loving-Care

9:30 a.m.

a.k.a TLC! We line-up, assign jobs, and hike out to our site. 

Opening Circle

10:00 a.m.

We say our good-mornings, do check-ins, and talk about weather. 

Play Block

10:15 a.m.

All sorts of surprises happen here! Sometimes free play, sometimes lessons.

Lunch

12:00 p.m.

Lunch time is always the same. But Snack? That happens when the tummy rumbles. 

Story-Reverie-Rest

12:30 p.m.

a.k.a SRR! A quiet time to read, rejoice in solitude, or rest.

Closing Circle

1:15 p.m.

End-of-the-day reflections, grattitudes, and goodbyes, with maybe a song or two.

Tender-Loving-Care

1:30 p.m.

TLC time again, to practice a little stewardship before we hike out. 

Pick-Up Window

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Time to leave the forest and head home with parents. 

Enrollment Details

Sessions are offered in these three class choices:

Sundays

"Group A"
Your child will attend class once a week.
4 classes / session

Sundays & Mondays

"Group B"
Your child will attend class twice a week. 
8 classes / session

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

"Group C"
Your child will attend class twice a week.
8 classes / session

Session Schedule

Consistent, Committed.  

Time is important for nature connection.

You'll notice we have groups overlapping on Sundays.

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2021 Session Calendar

SESSION FIVE
May 30th - June 23rd

WEEK ONE 5/30-6/2
WEEK TWO 6/6-6/9
WEEK THREE 6/13-6/16
WEEK FOUR 6/20-6/23

SUMMER BREAK

JUNE 24TH - JULY 10TH

SESSION SIX
July 11th - Aug. 4th

WEEK ONE 7/11-7/14
WEEK TWO 7/18-7/21
WEEK THREE 7/25-7/28
WEEK FOUR 8/1-8/4

SESSION SEVEN
Aug. 8th - Sept. 1st

WEEK ONE 8/8-8/11
WEEK TWO 8/15-8/18
WEEK THREE 8/22-8/25
WEEK FOUR 8/29-9/1

SESSION EIGHT
Sept, 5th - Sept. 29th

WEEK ONE 9/5-9/8
WEEK TWO 9/12-9/15
WEEK THREE 9/19-9/22
WEEK FOUR 9/6-9/29

SESSION NINE
Oct. 3rd - Oct. 27th

WEEK ONE 10/3-10/6
WEEK TWO 10/10-10/13
WEEK THREE 10/1-10/20
WEEK FOUR 10/24-10/27

SESSION TEN
Oct. 31st - Nov. 24th

WEEK ONE 10/31-11/3
WEEK TWO 11/7-11/10
WEEK THREE 11/14-11/17
WEEK FOUR 11/21-11/24

WINTER BREAK

Nov. 24th 2021-Jan. 23rd 2022

NEW SESSION CALENDER

2022 COMING SOON

...So what's the trade?