My son has attended Eden Acres homeschool program for the last year. He has always loved the outdoors, but this program has built his confidence in nature in ways I didn’t expect.
He has learned so much about his surroundings, made friends and built a resilience and strength that would be a benefit for any child.
I am very grateful for Eden Acres, as the research continually shows the benefits in children’s development to spend more time outdoors and he now gets entire days outdoors with friends and caring teachers in an environment you can’t find at the neighborhood playground.
Eden Acres is an amazing place, and a gem in my children's lives! I grew up in the country, but we live in the suburbs. I love that my kids spend (at least) one whole day a week outside, playing, learning, and making friends. The adults who lead each day are warm, kind, creative and create a wonderful place.
Eden Acres is hands-down my son's all-time favorite homeschooling activity. Every day he asks if it's an “Eden Acres” day, (he attends twice per week) and eagerly counts down the days until he can return. Fallon (aka “Falcon”) Harris is the director, whose mission is to provide a unique full-day multi-age environmental education program specifically for homeschoolers.
Fallon, along with her competent staff, facilitate fort and wigwam building, fire-making, plant identification, knife-safety and whittling skills, bow and arrow making, and nature journal observations, among other activities. They learn community-building through group games and discussions, that extend even to economic models put into practice through the exchange of wood-chip “currency” for the acquisition of bows, arrows or wood for building, and even property and land management for future fort construction.
My son has ample opportunity to apply his engineering and math spatial skills to design and execute the building of multi-story forts and climbable structures. He is always eager to start his day and comes home proud of his accomplishments. This program is great for boosting self-confidence and competence.
His only complaint is that he cannot attend Eden Acres every day of the year.