Oxford Virtual Academy Partnership 

Oxford Virtual Hybrid Academy Partnership (Pine Group)

(Fall 2024)

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Oxford Virtual Academy to offer programs to families in our area! This program is fully funded by Oxford Public Schools and is available to anyone (outside of Oxford too!). In order to participate in this program, you need to be registered with the Oxford Virtual Academy (LINK HERE TO REGISTER). They offer many flexible options for families who homeschool, Hybrid programs, and public school programs. 

This program is a hybrid-style learning opportunity. Each week students will participate in online learning which includes reading, online videos, engaging activities, cross-curricular connections, and creative ventures to support what we do at our in-person sessions. Each week we will focus on a variety of outdoor skills, experiments, knowledge sharing about the living and nonliving things around us, the cycles of the earth, stewardship projects, and connecting deeply to community and ourselves. 

Course description: Friend of the Woods Nature School Program provides opportunities for families to engage deeply with the natural world and its ever-changing cycles in order to develop playful and reciprocal relationships with the earth and the communities we are a part of. Within this course, students will develop an understanding and relationship to the earth and its living and non-living inhabitants, including trees, weather, insects, animals, water, fungi, plants, and minerals. Students will learn a variety of useful outdoor living skills such as firekeeping, shelter building, foraging, wildcrafting, and orienteering. Students will be encouraged to develop a deep awareness of their inner and outer worlds, to facilitate growth in a holistic way that is rooted in nature, connection to community, pursuing passions, imagination and creativity, and curious observation. Our in-person meetings will be held 100% outdoors in all types of weather at Bald Mountain State Park. 

Meeting Times: 

Monday 10am - Noon (FULL)

Monday 12:30pm - 2:30pm (FULL)

Friday 10am - Noon


Both of our Monday OVA programs are full at this time, but you are welcome to register your child anyways on our waitlist in case a spot does open up!

Otherwise we will be opening up registration for this program again in the spring!