Feet on the Earth Programs supports children and adults to develop deeper relationships with nature, self, and community through long-term nature connection mentoring and community-based, wilderness rites of passage
Our mission is to offer authentic rites of passage for youth within the context of a community of deeply nature-connected individuals and families. We do this by hosting community events and providing long-term nature-connection mentoring for children and adults as a way to build community and deep connection with nature. As youth come of age, they are invited, with their families, to participate a nature-based rites of passage experience that is held by the community.
We offer single-sex and co-ed programs for children up to age 10. From age 11 to 15, most often we split boys and girls into separate programs, because the middle school years are such an important time for building a positive sense of identity as a girl or boy and single-sex programs best meet this need. These programs lay a foundation that will prepare children for a community-supported, wilderness rites of passage between ages 14-17. After their rites of passage, participants are invited to join our teen leadership programs that include “sister” and “brother” councils. We also provide training for adults and families in earth-living skills, deep nature connection mentoring, and rites of passage ceremonies.
We currently offer:
- summer camps (day and overnight)
- weekly after school programs for children 7-12 years old
- weekly programs for families that unschool/homeschool
- monthly teen overnights
- youth rites of passage
- skill classes for adults and families
- coming of age and rites of passage training for adults
- custom programs and trainings by request
Areas of Work