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Tuesdays, April 11-May 30

Adventures in the Big Woods

Spring 2023:

Join us for an 8-week session of pioneer and indigenous adventures! A cross between a book club and camp, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods will be the basis of our explorations. Every Tuesday we'll read a chapter from the book as well as picture books about indigenous people of the time.


Reading and discussion will be followed by a theme-related activity--planting seeds (and observing and measuring growth each week), natural fabric dyeing with plants, pottery, cooking, baking bread, making butter, shelter building, fire building. Put up a tipi and play games. Go for a hike in the woods near Angel's house and observe the sights, sounds and smells of spring. Questions and observations will be recorded on our question wall.


All activities are led by Angel Selden and done with the primary goal of fostering social-emotional growth, a love of learning, curiosity, observation, asking questions and hypothesizing. Instead of dividing the day into subject-specific classes with different teachers, you have one mentor over a small group of seven children the whole day, getting to know your child well while guiding explorations that span subject matter.

We will spend ~2 hours a day outdoors, even if raining (unless weather is extreme, including lighting). Please bring adequate outdoor clothing and footwear.

Bring your own lunch.


*Session fee includes all field trips and supplies (except the fabric you would like to dye). You must provide your own canoe or kayak May 25. Canoe rental (if needed), is not included in session fee.

Drop off Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm, near 394 & Hopkins Crossroad (exact address provided after open-house registration).

Field trips some Thursdays:

(parent must attend with child)

April 20--Minneapolis Institute of Art, Native American collection


May 4--Oliver H. Kelley Farm (to be confirmed)

May 18--Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder's cabin in the "Big Woods"--Pepin, WI

May 25--canoe/kayak the St. Croix (must provide own water craft or rent)

Session Fee: $350 per child*

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