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
  • Fall 2017 Session dates: Sep 7, Sep 14, Sep 28, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov

  • 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

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Our Instructor: Joe Murray

Joe who the kids call Joey has a love of the wilderness that was fostered since he was a child. At age 43 he has had the opportunity to travel all over the world learning from Indigenous elders and nature connection leaders and has constantly asked the question. What brings people closer to nature connection? What brings people closer to themselves? It is the drive to answer these questions and especially the community of friends that he works with that has put him at the cutting edge of the nature connection movement.

Joe realized that deep nature connection mentoring and community are the most important ways for our children and adults to grow in a very deep way to connect with the earth and our hearts. He loves to care for the land and when he is not teaching he is learning. Over the span of his career he has trained many instructors and helped start a number of wilderness schools. More close to his heart has been the thousands of children he has helped mentor into becoming fully alive amazing beings.  He is a co-founder of Ancestral Knowledge 501(c3) and has been mentoring deep nature connection since 1997. In his free time he loves to spend time in nature alone or with his family, students, community of other nature connection mentors.