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Middle School Nature Explorers Program

This Everyone Outside nature connection program helps emerging young adults deepen their connection with the natural world and their peers through hiking, nature games and kid-led exploration of beautiful Palmer-Taylor Preserve as well as guided farming activities at Fire Ring Farm in Portland. This program is open to youth in grades 6-8 (approx. ages 12-14) and is conducted in partnership with Fire Ring Farm's Erin Livensparger, who brings 15 years experience as a youth health educator. Students will learn how to navigate trails, carve wood, explore, build shelters, identify wild plants, play games and build relationships with their peers in an all-outdoor, screen-free environment.


2024 Spring Session:

Sundays: 4/14, 4/28, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9

Program time: 12-3pm

Location: Fire Ring Farm (247 Middle Haddam Rd., Portland, CT) and

various other local nature preserve locations.

Program fee: $120-$300 sliding scale (see registration form)

A non-refundable $15 deposit (part of the total tuition cost)

is due at checkout to hold your child's space

Program fee structure:

We are committed to offering our programs to all regardless of their current financial situation. Our program fee structure is based on a self-selected sliding scale from 100% to 40% of the full program cost. Options are shown at registration. Please select the highest tuition level you can afford. If you are selecting a program fee that is less than the full program cost, please see our FAQ page to learn more about financial aid caps per child/family.


Additional financial aid: We have a limited amount of additional scholarship funding available. If you are unable to afford any of the discounted program fees, please apply for more financial aid using the registration form.  


Registration deposit/refunds: $15 of your tuition fee is non-refundable and is due at checkout in order to reserve your child’s spot in this program. You will be asked to read and agree to our refund policy as part of the registration process.


Sibling discount: A 10% sibling discount automatically applies for multiple registrants from the same family. 


BIPOC acknowledgement: Everyone Outside offers a $50-off BIPOC reparations acknowledgement for this program to those whose children identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. This option may be selected during registration by entering the coupon code BIPOC in the discount code box at checkout. If you would like to read more about our decision to offer this reparations acknowledgement, please see our reparations page.


Waitlist policy: You may find the program you are interested in already waitlisted. Don't worry! Please register for your desired sessions to be placed on our waitlist and we will reach out to you when a space becomes available.

Questions? Contact us!

Join us for outside fun, friendship and nature connection!
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