Nature Immersion Program Schedule
September: Elk Rock Island, just off the town of Milwaukie, a real island for pirate play, treasure hunting, beaches, tides, wildlife like deer and even elk have been seen here, we cross the rocky bridge to the island, plenty of Mother Nature here with eagles and osprey, river life right near the main metro area, we may explore kayaking here this year
October: Reed College Canyon, our urban SE wildnerness with hiking trails, the Rhododendron Gardens nearby, the swamps and creek, and Bybee Howell House on Sauvie’s Island, which is an close to Portland organic farm with orchards, magic tree circle, old fashioned home and barn
November: Mt. Tabor, our city Volcano with its wild south side slope and huge forests, filled with urban wildlife including coyotes, racoons, opossum, squirrels, birds, nutria, and much more. We may visit a nearby witchy woman who uses her entire yard as a urban permaculture farm including barreled trout, rabbits, chickens and ducks, dye gardens, and much more....we will have a visit from a mushroom guide as well to learn to identify these amazing fungi.
December: Cooking Month at Prescott Site, Explorations with natural cooking, using local organic foods to make staple and tasty meals and treats to eat, use art to paint and draw foods, or craft items with clay or wax.
January: Archery Camp/Survival Training Camp(Bows, Arrows, Survival Skills and Robin Hood) at Prescott Site. A local wild man will visit our class for the month to provide us with true survival skill training, tracking, taking items from nature to clothe and maintain health in the wildnerness.
February: Instruments & Music Making/Drama Camp at the Tillamook Site, we will have local musicians visit to share their beautiful music, build simple instruments with wood and natural materials, learn rhythm and produce a short drama with original scores and songs.
March: Forest Park, the largest in-city-limits wild park in the US, we will hike, explore, find warm nesting spots in the end of winter as spring calls forth the birds and fawns, enjoy vistas over the Portland area, feel the trees in their homes and follow streams.
April: Laurelhurst Park, designed by the same landscape architect as Central Park in NYC, we will explore the developed and wild areas of this very urban park, enjoy the beautiful flowers of spring, and explore for several weeks, then take ourselves over to NW Portland and enjoy a day with a Guided Audubon Tour, a nature center where injured birds are cared for, and we will help with a service day at the Park.
May: Wapato on Sauvie’s Island, our all time favorite spot close to Portland, we will spend the month enjoying the multitude of natural experiences that can be found here with water, meadow, forest, lake, wetlands, river, and much more. Covered shelter will allow us to build fires to roast vegetables and explore nature cuisine. The Wapato experience takes place on the site where native people lived for 100s of years, this is a fantastic site and a great place to end our year.
June: Celebratory party, all family play day at a spot to be determined. Another year completed!
The Nature Immersion Day is from 9 a.m. to 3pm, we will help parent groups organize a carpool schedule to the sites, as we will not be transporting children. The winter months we will spend half the day outdoors at the Prescott Site and half the day indoors. We look forward to meeting you!!