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Wild & Free 
Home School Enrichment

Ages 6-11

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H.S.E.

Connect, Learn & Grow

Wild and Free Homeschool Enrichment is a tuition free program for children (ages 6-11) who are currently homeschooled where nature is the classroom, play and exploration is the method, and learning is the outcome.

Wild and Free homeschool Enrichment programs engage the fields of ecology & child development. Our goal is to cultivate spaces that invite children & community to develop their own reciprocity with nature. We aim to develop a sense of stewardship of the land & to nurture children's inherent curiosity, awe & wonder of the natural world.

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About Our Program

The Wild and Free Enrichment sessions are held in sensory-rich natural environments in public spaces in the city

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Free Learning Day

Students will be immersed in nature as they engage in core nature connection practices, enjoy ample play, games,  outdoor exploration, while learning patterns and skills related to the themes of the season in a learner-centered fashion.

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Inclusive Space

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Mission:

The mission of  the Wild and Free Enrichment seasons is to provide children with African indigenous and forest school early learning experiences by connecting them with the natural world on a deep, mental, emotional and physical level. We foster curiosity, exploration, learning, confidence, communication, and cultivate experiences using holistic practices alongside the Forest School philosophy to bloom growth, development and stewardship for life, land, water and air.

Byrd

Boukman Byrd is the director of the Wild and Free Homeschool Enrichment program. He is currently an early childhood teacher who has worked with children of all ages over the past 20 years, with experience ranging from  the division of wildlife, to camps in the mountains, youth sports to mentoring to after school programs.

Boukman Byrd is trained in forest school pedagogy, indigenous outdoor crafting and survival skills,  as well as play-based and student-led forms of learning. He believes nature is the educator, students should lead their learning and forest school practitioners serve as the facilitators of that process.

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When registering, you’re enrolling for the full school year, which encompasses two 16-week semesters which spans an average school year through 3 seasons fall, winter and spring.

 

Each semester includes 16 enrichment days with a few off-site field trips sprinkled in to explore, learn and grow.

Fall Semester

Fall 2024 Session: September 9, 2025 - Jan 14 2025

(One week off for Fall Break, 2 weeks off for Winter Break)

Spring Semester

Fall 2024 Session: January 28 - May 20 2025

(One week off for Spring Break)

We follow the Denver Public School District Fall and Spring Breaks. 

As well as all other holidays or DPS  non-contact days.

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Our
Locations

The Wild and Free Enrichment sessions are held in sensory-rich natural environments in public spaces in the city & have wonderful community partnerships! We have emergency shelter indoor protocols for extreme weather.

Each class and operation area are chosen in collaboration with families and local parks and recreation or open space agencies to assure regenerative  (giving back more than we take) stewardship of the land. Below is a map  of some of the places that we operate in: Cook Park, Wabash Trailhead, Bible Park, Hentzel Park, Expo Park, Jewell Wetlands Park, Highlands Hollows Park, Great Plains Park,  Plains Conservation Center, and Mission Viejo Park.  Contact us for details specific to each season.

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Tuition Free!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Education reEnvisioned Board of Cooperative Education Services (ERBOCES). ERBOCES is a state funded program that offers enrichment to homeschoolers and nonpublic school educated students. In order to participate in this program your child cannot be enrolled in any other state funded enrichment program.

 *Please note that a $100 registration fee is still required. 

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