Home School and Preschool

Earth Arts now offers up to four days a week of earth-based learning and community for homeschoolers.

Lantern Home School Program

Monday through Wednesday 9a – 3p, two and three day options, Foundation of Light. Click here to learn more.

Thursday Home School Program

FALL: Thursdays, Sept 17 – Dec 10 (no session Nov 26, 12 sessions), 10a-3pm. WALSH FARM

WINTER: Thursdays, Jan 7 – March 24 (11 sessions), 10am-3pm. SCHOOLHOUSE at Foundation of Light

SPRING: Thursdays, March 31 – June 16 (11 sessions), 10am-3pm. WALSH FARM


WALSH FARM: 2383 Coddington Road, Brooktondale, nestled in a rolling valley of beautiful woods, wetlands and meadows, just 20 minutes from downtown Ithaca.

SCHOOLHOUSE at the Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca, offering a heated shelter for the coldest days alongside woods and meadows, all in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood.

Mentors: Pierce Walsh, Julie Nichols Kulik, Anna Raymer, Monica Bosworth, and another instructor TBA.

Open to children ages 5 and older.

Early Bird Registration (Before Sept 1 for fall session): $370

Regular Registration fee per session:

(Fall): $400-$490, Self determined sliding scale. Payment over the minimum goes towards the scholarship fund.

(Spring and Summer): $370-450, Self determined sliding scale. Payment over the minimum goes towards the scholarship fund.

Our mentors share cultural earth-based traditions from around the world, through lots of games, stories, art, songs, adventure, and team-building activities. Participants will be grouped into smaller (developmentally appropriate) clans for part of the day. Our teaching emphasis is to guide participants to discover answers for themselves, using their innate curiosity as powerful motivation for experiencing, learning about, and caring for the environment. Our goal is for each child to feel comfortable in the woods; come to know the gifts of the land in all seasons; and respectfully harvest materials to make native crafts, tools, food, and shelter.

In an experiential learning environment, the children will be studying many Physical Science skills in thematic blocks such as Native Trees and Plants, Geography and Mapping, and Weather. As always, various learning abilities (i.e. reading and writing skills) will be worked with lovingly and skillfully by the Earth Arts mentors.

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Children of the Forest

A nature rooted parent child program of exploration, observation and discovery. For all preschool and young home school children ages 3-8 and their parent or caretaker.
Join us in exploring field, forest, pond and stream, learning about plants, animals and us and our interconnections. Listening to stories, birds, wind and song.

Location: 422 Dry Brook Road, Willseyville, NY (Don’t trust GPS, directions will be provided upon registration!)

Five Tuesdays 10am-12noon, May 3 – June 7
Mentor: Monica Bosworth
Ages 3-8 and their parents/caregivers

Cost: 5 week block $90 for block (for one child in the age range and one caregiver, each additional child is $3/session.

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