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Farm and Forest School

March 17 @ 10:00 am May 13 @ 3:00 pm

Sundays March 17-May 12 or Mondays March 18-May 13
5425 Mt Gilead Rd
Reisterstown, MD 21136 United States
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+14105005417
Pearlstone

Jewish Wisdom & Nature Connection

We welcome youth of all backgrounds in this immersive, earth-based learning experience anchored in hands-on farm and forest skills, joyful nature connection, spiritual wisdom, and loving community.

This program is for ages 6-16 years old.

FARM & FOREST ADVENTURES: Kids can be Kids, Have Fun, and Learn—100% OUTSIDE!

Our passionate, fun-loving, experienced outdoor educators guide students through hands-on activities oriented towards personal and collective growth, self-awareness and self-confidence, interconnectedness and responsibility. 

“Both of my kids have spent five years with Joe in Farm & Forest School. Through all weather, all seasons, they are more excited to attend every year. The content is wonderful, but what we have gained the most is a sense of their own ability to be in the world. They have real, tangible challenges and group interactions that are structured and at the same time very organic. They are solving their own problems and building their confidence. Farm & Forest School has been priceless!”

Questions? Contact the Program Department at programs@pearlstonecenter.org

Spring 2024

Sundays: March 17 – May 12
• March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21; May 5, 12
• $400 (8 sessions)
Mondays: March 18 – May 13
• March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22; May 6, 13
• $400 (8 sessions)

note: if two or more sessions are cancelled for any reason, additional date(s) will be added to the end of the season.

Please be in touch with Stephanie Katsampis if you need any financial assistance or need to set up a payment plan.

Experiential Learning

Students gain a tremendous amount of knowledge through encountering and understanding dozens of plants, animals, ecological systems, and primitive skills.

Drawing on indigenous educational wisdom, Farm & Forest School trains students in a plethora of practical skills and scientific knowledge while building essential character traits like compassion, alert awareness, gratitude, and deep listening.

And the kids have so much fun they don’t even realize how much they’re learning!  Collaborative group challenges followed by artfully guided debrief activities build compassionate communication and leadership skills.  Farm projects encompass tending perennial and annual plants, animal care, mushroom cultivation, natural building, cooking, soap-making, herbal medicine and more. Inspiring or thought-provoking articles or short videos may be shared on a wide range of topics from local food systems to innovative compost solutions to global initiatives in eco-social entrepreneurship. Time for lunch and supervised free play are built in to the schedule.

COVID Protocols

Teachers and Educators

Joe Murray | Wilderness Educator

Joe has been teaching nature connection since 1997 and has made it his life’s work to learn from the indigenous peoples of the earth and share the old ways with as many people as possible. During that time, he has mentored thousands of kids and helped design the curriculum for several wilderness schools and is a founding member of the nonprofit Ancestral Knowledge.

Alexa White | Farmer Educator

Alexa is committed to growing a culture of care as an educator and land steward. Her background is in outdoor & STEAM education, program administration, and community health work. She is passionate about connecting people with the land and each other.

Stephanie Katsampis | Farm & Forest School Coordinator and Educator

Before coming to Pearlstone, Steph spent years traveling, tending the Land & studying various traditions and ways of healing. As an educator, she finds joy in weaving Cultural Wisdom and Nature-based education together in a way that allows her students tap into a greater sense of wonder, confidence, play, and sacred purpose.

Pearlstone | 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136
410.500.5417 | info@pearlstonecenter.org