Go Outside Education Programs at Pinecrest

Cultivating stewards of the earth to be rooted in inquiry, growing through adventure, and branching out as leaders.

Public
and Homeschool
Programs

Little Explorers
Select Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am

Mini-adventures for you and your little one.
Recommended ages 4-7, sibs welcome.
Stay after to play and picnic.
Tues. Jan 17: Warm in Winter
Tues. Feb 14 – We Love Animals
Tues. Mar 14 – Millipedes and More
Tues. April 4 – Caring for the Earth
Tues. May 16 – Monarchs in May
Learn more about each program on our Events Calendar page.
$8/child, one adult helper free.  Ages 2 and under, free.  $5 Additional non-participating guests.
Reservations required.  Space is limited.  
Call 901-878-1247 or email Charity@camppinecrest.org to RSVP

Field School for Homeschool

Join us in the forests, fields, and creeks for environmental education classes with our Program Director. Each session will include a lesson, exploration, activities in the field, and field journaling for learning reinforcement.

BYO field journal and be ready for exploration. Recommended grades 3-5. Siblings welcome to join or play on the playground!

Weds. January 25: Fire Building and Campfire Cooking
Weds. February 22: Hearts and Parts 
Weds. March 29: Herpetology at Pollywog Pond
Weds. April 26: Geologic Forces 
Weds. May 17: May Bees 
$10/participant, one adult free per family, $5/additional adults.  Registration required; space is limited.
RSVP: Charity@camppinecrest.org

Junior Journalers Nature Club
Ages 7 and up

Perfect for the homeschool family. Bring your journal and pencil (or other favorite journaling supplies).
Each class includes nature journaling techniques, fun group activities, and inquisitive individual exploration.
Taught by Amaya Shreeve, mentee of John Muir Laws.
Feb 14: Feb-“bird”-ary – Journaling basics and bird discoveries
Mar 14: Aquatic Habitats – Watery landscapes and hidden life
Apr 4: Signs of Spring – Spring buds, flowers, and trees
May 16: Butterflies, Beetles, and Bugs – Insects galore
Pay what you can, suggested $10/Person
RSVP: Charity@camppinecrest.org or call 901-878-1247

Field Trip
and Retreat Programming

Next, use our Adventure Planning Packet
to prepare for your visit.

Here you’ll find resources such as
sample schedules, checklists, and more!

Seasonal
Field Trip
Events

Tennessee Naturalist Program

Registration opens December 23!

“I loved doing the games that we played because it made us think more about certain things.” 

– Student attending Go Outside

Go Outside! is based on teaching love, care, respect, and understanding of our world today. Science, history, team-building, personal reflection, and more help educate and emphasize our mission of cultivating stewards of the earth to be rooted in inquiry, growing through adventure, and branching out as leaders.  We offer experiential programming that involves opportunities to support and engage all 7 learning styles.

Students make connections between the classroom and the real world. Our adventures support 3-D learning, Expeditionary Learning, STEM and STEAM curriculum, experiential learning, the Montessori approach, homeschool groups, forest-school, and more in an outdoor classroom setting. To create stewards of the earth, we know we need to provide ample time to explore, connect, and love the diverse facets of nature and natural processes which roots them in inquiry.

One of the most important outcomes of experiential learning is emotional growth, whether or not it’s intentionally built into the program structure. Outdoor programs are found to help students improve:
– Self-concept
– Social skills
– Academic and personal achievement
Thus students are confident to branch out as leaders.

Ready to book a program?  Call or e-mail today!
Charity Siebert – Program Director
901-878-1247
Charity@Camppinecrest.org

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