young explorers

COME JOIN US FOR A NEW ADVENTURE! THROUGH CREEKS, GRASS FIELDS, WOODS, AND MOUNTAINS WE WILL GO A WANDERING

What are the dates for the 2020-21 sessions?

Fall Session (14 Weeks):
Thursdays: (9/10 - 12/17) $630
Fridays: (9/11 - 12/18) $630
*No classes week of Thanksgiving

Winter Session (10 Weeks):
Thursdays: (1/14 - 3/18) $450
Fridays: (1/15 - 3/19) $450

Spring Session (8 Weeks):
Thursdays: (4/8 - 5/27) $360
Fridays: (4/9 - 5/28) $360

*$100 non-refundable deposit due to hold your space (will be applied to enrollment fee)
*Tuition for the term is due on the first day of class.
*We may add more classes depending on enrollment or shift a younger or older class depending on enrollment. Please contact us regarding specific days if you can ONLY attend a day that is NOT offered for your age group.

What are the Program hours?

All classes are from 9am- 4pm. Our day runs slightly longer than other schools to allow for travel time to outdoor locations without compromising school time.

How many children are in the program?

We limit the amount of children to in our program to 8 children each term. We have seen how the large class sizes in traditional schooling are hurting the learning connection and potential between teacher and students. At AmanEtania, we have found that a small group grade-less approach is crucial, where each student is recognized as an individual, their unique development and skills being recognized and nurtured.

Where do students meet for the program?

Our main campus is located about 15 minutes outside of Ashland, Oregon in the beautiful Colestine Valley. We provide transportation for all our students in our 15 passenger van. Pick up and drop off is from the Shop n Kart parking lot (268 Ashland St, Ashland, OR 97520). Please note if your child is using a booster seat, please bring it to class each week. We do not have extra booster seats for children.

following our hearts and learning who we are and how we fit into this big world. What is that? Where does it go? Why? What does it do? How can I do that?

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?

We are committed to providing financial aid to the greatest extent possible. Limited financial aid is awarded based on availability and need, however, as a small program, our resources are limited.

WHAT ARE THE AGES OF THE CHILDREN IN THE PROGRAM?

We offer a multi-age program, with children ages 6 to 9.

DO YOU PROVIDE LUNCHES OR SNACKS?

Due to our outdoor program occurring in the field, students need to bring their own lunch, snack and at least a 16 oz non-leaking water bottle.

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING WITH YOU TO CLASS?

Every student should bring a backpack that they can wear all day. Please include in the backpack a lunch, snack and water. Please wear waterproof gear including comfortable waterproof shoes. If you have a knife or other tools you can bring those with you as well. Shakina will send families an e-mail prior to each class if there are any specific items to bring that are not part of the normal kit, such as specific clothing, tools, flashlights etc.

Take some risks, trust some friends, build a fort. Who am I? What am I doing here? Believe in yourself, try an idea, laugh at yourself, and learn. Play in the water, follow a stream, make a fire, climb a tree.

ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO GO OUTSIDE IN ALL WEATHER?

Yes! Our years of experience have taught us that when dressed appropriately, children thrive outdoors year-round. In cases of severely inclement or unsafe weather, we spend more time in our classroom on our campus. However, our goal is to teach children to be safe and happy outdoors in any weather. Guidance is offered to parents in preparing and dressing their child for success.

WHAT IS YOUR DISCIPLINE PHILOSOPHY?

True discipline comes from within. We encourage students to find the limits of the natural world by learning from the wild and from each other. We set very clear, firm safety limits and allow freedom within those boundaries to develop self-regulation. Through compassionate conversation and community building, children balance independence with accountability to their community and the natural world. When a child is consistently crossing necessary safety boundaries, we work with them and their parents to find positive solutions that take into account the needs of the whole group.

HOW DO I BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Begin by filling out the application online. We then send you a follow-up e-mail with a form with some additional questions and schedule a phone conversation. Before any student begins our program, parents will need to fill out our release waiver. Please print out the waiver, sign it and bring it with you to your child's first day of class

How far can you reach? How high can you see? How does a mushroom grow? What is that plant for? Whose tracks are these, follow and see. How can we work together and what are our strengths? Why does the bear eat the berries and not me? 

Let's find out together...