Forest School

Forest School

Homeschool Naturalist Program

Our Forest School is a powerful setting for students to safely challenge themselves, grow as leaders, and build community integrating and appreciating all life…


  • THURSDAYS 11AM-4PM 
  •  7 WEEK SESSIONS
  • LEAD BY PEARLSTONE NATURALIST EDUCATOR JOE MURRAY

  • Play and learn in the woods
  • Identify edible and medicinal plants
  • Track wild animals
  • Make fire by friction, no matches!
  • Build native american shelters, big ones!

Students will gain:

  • Nature awareness and appreciation
  • Survival skills (shelter, fire, water, food)
  • Self confidence
  • Responsibility and respect for self and others, including non-human others
  • New friends- human, plant, and animal

Our Forest School is a powerful setting for students to safely challenge themselves, grow as leaders, and build community integrating and appreciating all life.  


Sign up to become an apprentice woodsman or woodswoman today!  

Questions?  Contact Joe: jmurray@pearlstonecenter.org

For registration, please download the submit the following forms:

Knife and Med Form

joe-murray

Our Instructor: Joe Murray

Joe is a degreed anthropologist as well as a professional pilot. He has completed over 18 levels at Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School. Joe has studied youth mentoring, naturalist studies and native philosophy with Jon Young, Noguchi, Paul Raphael, Gilbert Walking Bull an Oglala Lakota, and Ingwe an Acomba elder. Joe has been teaching children and adults in these subjects for six years — He has instructed for Tom Brown Jr. Coyote Tracks summer programs for children, ages 8 to 18, for three years, and continues his association with them as an on-call instructor. Joe is also responsible for setting-up Wilderness Living Training for the University of Maryland Outdoor Recreation Center Staff. He has instructed students at the University of Maryland, heads a local Tracking Skills group, mentors individual home school students and teaches at the annual Maryland Area Primitive Skills (MAPS) Meet. In 2004, Joe taught a Primitive Skills Series for the nonprofit organization Boys-To-Men. Most importantly, at the age of 32, Joe is still a kid, and as such, is a favorite instructor for the kids – earning their respect and enthusiasm for the fun-and-games as well as the serious philosophical subjects.