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What We Do

Katydid Camp for the littlest nature lovers.
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Flying Deer Homeschool Program in New Lebanon for Ages 7 to 13

Flying Deer Nature Center playfully nurtures our connection to self, community, and the land, awakening our gifts and helping us live in relationship with all of nature.

We guide people of all ages in school and homeschool programs, summer camps, corporate curriculums, rites-of-passage experiences, and adult programs. We facilitate nature immersion, fostering a lifelong relationship with the natural world and an ability to listen deeply to ourselves and to others.

Our goal is to widen the circle of nature connection to include people of all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, and orientations, united in the embrace of the natural world. Our Financial Assistance Fund allows us to welcome participants to our programs regardless of their economic circumstances.

Core Program Elements:
Foraging for wild edibles
Tracking animals
Building shelters and crafts from the gifts of the earth
Making fires in all conditions
Identifying bird calls and alarms
Honing our awareness through sensory games
Learning to travel lightly on the earth
Listening to stories and singing songs that inform and inspire Bringing home our own stories of our experiences and adventures!

Time in nature ...

  • Supports motor function, brain development, and sensory integration Reduces symptoms of ADHD and ADD
  • Increases our physical health and well-being
  • Builds emotional, physical, and spiritual resilience
  • Has a positive, lasting impact on our independence, leadership, and
  • communication skills
  • Improves self-awareness and self-confidence.
“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”
— Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder