nature connection programs for ages 4 +

Learn the knowledge of the Naturalist, the skills of the Survivalist, and the attitude of the Caretaker.  By weaving simple, nature-based practices into our daily lives, we can develop powerful connections to nature, ourselves, and each other.
Nestled within Anishinaabe Territory in Northern Michigan, near Traverse City.  Abundant with lakes, rivers,  forest, sand dunes, and vibrant expressions of each season, we are grateful to live, learn, explore and get to know this incredible land and all its many life forms and communities.
A community of staff, students, volunteers, & nature lovers of diverse ages, belief systems, economic statuses and backgrounds,  brought together by the HNS Mission:  To build stronger connections to Nature, Community and Self.
Year-round, nature connection programs for all ages,  have been at the heart of our work for the last decade.   In addition to a continuation of program offerings, we are now expanding to include Regenerative Agriculture as key aspect of bringing our mission and vision into action.

upcoming programs & Events

Adult tracking certification

Ages 18+

Forest Kindergarten

Ages 4-6

Youth Home-school

ages 6-12

Registration for Fall Session Open Now.

summer camps

Ages 6-12

Registration Opens Soon.

foster deep nature connection

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Students enjoy experiential learning woven with compelling stories, songs, and hands-on activities.

Students delve deeply into all aspects of the Human Nature School curriculum, which works naturally to develop each student’s common sense, teamwork, communication, problem solving skills, leadership qualities, “response-ability,” peacemaking, and gratitude.

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HOW can you GET Involved?

“It felt so great to realize that the instructors really know my kids, who they are and what their gifts are…”


Job Postings and Volunteer Opportunities.

We are always looking for passionate, high-integrity people to join our effort. By working or volunteering at the Human Nature School, individuals are given an amazing opportunity to bring forth their gifts and skill-sets to be shared within the context of this powerful work.



Donations go to the Human Nature School Scholarship Fund, and make our programming more financially available to many young, yet-to-be-discovered leaders, healers, teachers, naturalists, explorers, and stewards of the earth!

let the adventure begin...