WOLF KIDS 2022/23 ~ Apply Now!

WOLF KIDS 2022/23 ~ Apply Now!
Full NameWisdom of The Earth Wilderness School
LocationSalt Spring Island

W.O.L.F. stands for Wilderness ~ Our Learning Foundation. WOLF is a Deep Nature Connection immersion program for children where students interact with their natural environment through adventure, challenges, and a lot of FUN!

The WOLF Program emphasizes Nature as teacher, and offers skills development, ecological knowledge, land stewardship principles, peacemaking, cultural repair practices, leadership and community building skills, and awareness practices that inspire and empower students to continue their learning adventure well beyond the program and into the landscape of their lives.

Our creative mentoring approach honours each child’s unique gifts and passions, encourages self-awareness in learning, supports a sense of belonging in community, and awakens a deep kinship with nature. It supports youth to develop heightened awareness, empathy, and ancient earth-based skills so they can navigate the challenges of the modern world with confidence, competence, resilience, and a strong connection to themselves, to others, and to this earth which sustains us.

Our curriculum acknowledges and draws on knowledge from earth-based cultures world-wide, and is based on the art of nature awareness mentoring, “Coyote” teaching, and the 8 Shields model, inspired and developed by Jon Young, founder of the Wilderness Awareness School, and Tom Brown Jr.

WOLF is on the cutting edge of contemporary education, and our Directors travel internationally to share this model, as well as offering a local Immersion program to train apprentice mentors, who provide additional support for our programs, on top of our already high adult-child ratio.

A core principal of the program focuses on experience in wild nature, as it has always been fundamental to the education of young developing human beings, and is the basis on which the human brain evolved. We use the understanding of brain patterning and development to create activities that lead to an ecological integrity, which answers the call for affirmation and maximization of the potential of our children, and allows the youth to develop and mature fully the way that nature intended. Their classroom is the forest, ocean, fields, streams, mountains, and the community. Their teachers are the birds, otters, shifting winds, their hands and bodies, and the people who make up our community.

This full immersion program, utilizes both scientific and experiential nature-based studies. Through hands-on outdoor and community-building experiences, students develop an ingrained knowledge and awareness of the natural world and their place in it. They become eager and quick learners, the stewards and unshakable voices of our environment and a connection-based culture, in whatever they choose to do for the future.

All WOLF programs start in September and run through June, with a 6-week break for mid-Dec through January, and a 2 week Spring break. Students register and commit for the full year. This is not a drop-in program.

WOLF Kids (ages 8-14) is a 3-day per week program (9am-3pm, Monday ~ Wednesday) , in the South end of Salt Spring, off Musgrave Road. Parents may choose to also register for an optional Distributed Learning program offered by Heartwood
(we do not directly organize or provide this Ministry funded program, rather we work in association and communication with them). Some parents also choose Self Design, or Island Discovery, or their own homeschooling options.

WOLF Teens (ages 14-17) offers the option of a 3-day per week program, 9am ~ 3pm, Monday ~ Tuesday, with WOLF Kids,
Wednesday with Teens, or a 1-day per week option (9am-3pm, Wednesdays), in various locations, usually in the South end of Salt Spring.

WOLF Pups (ages 5-8) is designed as a 2-day per week program (9:30am – 2:30pm, days still to be confirmed), in the North end of Salt Spring, off Fernwood Road.

For More Information, and to Apply, please go to: https://www.wisdomoftheearth.ca/wolf-kids-program/

“Kids that are educated outside in nature are healthier, happier, and better prepared for the 21st century. What impresses me about the WOLF Kids is that they are so excited about learning. They are curious, and they are so alive. What parent wouldn’t want that for their children? Kids have been educated in the natural world for millennia. It’s only been in the last 200 years that we have stuck them in airless classrooms with no natural stimulus.This was a bad experiment, and it’s time we got back to our human root. I wish I had gone to WOLF.”
Briony Penn – Naturalist, Environmentalist, Author, Teacher, and Geographer

We acknowledge that we live on unceded Coast Salish territories, specifically the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich), Quw’utsun (Cowhichan) and Stz’uminus (Chemanius) First Nations territories. It is a privilege for us to be here on their ancestral lands. We thank the caretakers of this land who have lived, and c

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