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Homeschool Programming

Our homeschool programs are our oldest and longest running programs and very near and dear to our hearts.  It has been an honor to deliver an experience of connection with the natural world to such an extraordinary group of young people who choose to come back into the woods with us year after year. 

  • 4-H Acres FALL/Spring
    FALL 2020 / SPRING 2021
    Come explore 400 acres of diverse environments: the Ash Grove, the Hemlock forest, the Beaver dam, bubbling streams, open meadows, and more.
  • 4-H Acres WINTER
    Winter 2020
    Hone your winter survival skills and make your home in the 400 acres of diverse natural areas at 4-H Acres each week.
  • Winter Explorers
    Winter 2021
    Depart from Cornell Cooperative Extension weekly to practice tracking, forestry, navigation, storytelling and more in locations throughout the county.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." Albert Einstein

We welcome children from ages 6-16, and create time each day for community gathering, gratitude, individual interest, exploration, and peer-based projects. We hold a family celebration potluck at the end of the fall and spring sessions, where families and friends are invited to come share food and stories of the season.

Our homeschool community is in many ways the heart of Primitive Pursuits, one of the core places we are weaving our basket of community and connection, and which has been growing and evolving for over 15 years!


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What to Bring Winter
What to Bring Spring
What to Bring Summer

4-H Acres Homeschool Program

Our home base! Nestled among 400 acres of diverse natural areas 4-H Acres is home to hemlock groves, forest swamps, beaver habitats and the babbling brooks that feed into Fall Creek. Meet Grandmother Hickory, look for fisher sign and settle into Village Camp, with its primitive shelter and cob oven. Or make time for tea at White Pine Camp before an epic game takes you through the goldenrod meadow and the dogwood maze. On trail or off trail, animal sign and native plant life abound here, providing endless opportunity for learning.

  • Fall Trimester: September - December
  • Winter Explorers and Winter Tracks and Trails:
    January - March
  • Spring Trimester: April - June

All programs run 9:00AM - 1:30PM.

Winter Tracks and Trails (Ages 6-10)
Winter Explorers (Ages 10-15)
Thursdays Traveling from CCE

Boldly go places you've never been before! Join us as we explore different winter habitats each week around Tompkins County, and push our wilderness living skills in new directions. Pack up the snow gear and hop on the Primitive Pursuits Express. We'll take advantage of the season, no matter the weather, to practice tracking, forestry, navigation, storytelling and Winter SURVIVAL!

This is a traveling weekly program that leaves in a van from Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave.


COVID-19 Plans 2020-21

Dear Primitive Pursuits Homeschool Families,

We are living in a time of uncertainty. We know you have questions about what our Homeschool Program, a Primitive Pursuits classic, will look like in the Fall. We do, too! We want you to know that we are working on some various contingency plans to meet various realities that might be true at that time. Optimistically, we are planning to run our program as usual, with slight modifications or enhancements to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission (we are currently working on what this will look like), at 4-H Acres. It’s possible that these modifications will include having smaller groups than usual and/or fewer students total. For this reason, it would be very helpful to know if you are planning for your child(ren) to attend. We request that you put down a deposit at this time to state your intention and hold your spot. If we are forced to/decide to cancel before the program starts due to COVID-19, you will be eligible to get your deposit back. In this case, we do not plan to offer a remote version of the program as we did this Spring but will find other ways to stay connected to you and your family while we are apart. If the program starts at 4-H Acres in mid-September but we are forced to cease in-person programming later in the Fall, we would give you the option of receiving a pro-rated refund (dependent on how far into the season we cancel, and minus the deposit) or contributing all or part of your remaining tuition to support whatever on-going efforts Primitive Pursuits is undertaking while we are apart as well as the continued existence of Primitive Pursuits as an organization.We are currently planning for the program to run through mid-December. The dates and price listed while registering are tentative at this time. We will share specific dates and pricing with you as soon as we are able to.

"They love it! We’re signing up again for a third third year and every experience has been so very positive. They love your staff especially and so do we. It gives us peace of mind when our children are with you." L.S., Parent

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