Accepting Mid-Year Applications - Elementary/Middle School Programs

Acton Outdoor Programs

Join our Acton Outdoor Nature Programs!

Connect with Nature * Develop a Love for Our Natural World
* Improve All Aspects of Child Development-physical-cognitive-social-emotional
* Grow Resilience, Creativity, Self-Confidence, and Initiative

   1. Wilderness Explorers

Ages 8-14

WEDNESDAYS  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Wilderness Explorers spend the entire day outdoors exploring and immersing themselves in nature. Barring extreme weather, we will learn about nature, eat, play, "water and fertilize" trees, and carry everything they need for the day in their backpacks - rain, snow, and sun.

Learners will complete challenges, hike, develop outdoor & survival skills, work together, build shelters, and become connected to our natural world and each other. 

Our experienced outdoor Guides use observation and documentation to plan outdoor programs that encourage active exploration, inquiry, independence, kindness & character building, choice, critical thinking & problem solving, wonder, and discovery. Our days are loosely structured to allow space for the learners' curiosity and interest to lead.

Your child will explore as a group as well as have room to independently interact with our wonderful natural environment, alongside Guides who have a love for the outdoors that is highlighted by conservation and stewardship-minded practices.

Learners will be a mix of children from the community who are homeschooled, attend public school, attend Acton Academy, or attend another private school.

30 Weeks of Program $2,550*

*payment options available
*price prorated based on start date

Dates*:

September 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7, 14
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 19 ,26
May 3, 10, 17, 31

*we will make up days if more than 1 day is cancelled for the year

Location: Kennebunkport

Guides: Ms. Julie and Mr. Ryan (click for bios on our About page)

   2. Forest Kindergarten

Ages 4-7

MONDAYS  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Our Forest Kindergarten program offers an introduction of the natural world to young learners.  This may be the first experience for some children being in nature away from their parents and our experienced Guides have a deep respect for this.  

Our Guides have created a program that will both nuture and challenge these young explorers. They will learn about nature, eat, play, "water and fertilize" trees, and carry everything they need for the day in their backpacks - rain, snow, and sun.

Our days are loosely structured to allow space for the learners' curiosity and interest to lead. They will learn to work together, hike, develop a love & respect for nature, and complete challenges. 

Learners will be a mix of children from the community who are home/homeschooled, attend public school, attend Acton Academy, or attend another private school.

30 Weeks of Program $2,850*

*payment options available
*price prorated based on start date


Dates:

September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12
January 2, 9, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15
(June 5: make-up date if we cancel more than 1 day)

*we will make up days if more than 1 day is cancelled for the year

Location: Kennebunkport

Guides: Ms. Julie and Mr. Ryan (click for bios on our About page)

   3. Parent & Tot Rewilding

Ages 0-4 with parent

FRIDAYS  9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Photography credit: Jenny McNulty
Wylde Photography (wyldephoto.com)


4 spots open

Join us for a day of community as we gather as parents with young children. We will spend 2 hours exploring and learning about nature and ourselves. This is a program where both parent and children truly benefit. 

Whether you are already a nature enthusiast looking to expand your time in nature and connect with other like-minded families or are a beginner looking to learn to appreciate the natural world this will be a wonderful way to connect and "rewild" ourselves. 

Our Guide, Julie, is a very experienced wilderness expert and mother of 5 beautiful children. She has a passion for community and sharing connection with others. 

29 Weeks of Program - full year $1,285*

**payment option available
*price prorated based on start date


Dates*:

*we will make up days if more than 1 day is cancelled for the year

Session 1
(11 weeks) - $525**

September 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9, 16

Session 2
(9 weeks) - $430**

January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17
March 3, 10

Session 3
(9 weeks) - $430**

March 17, 24, 31
April 7, 28
May 5, 12, 19
June 2

**you may start in the middle of a session; price prorated based on start date

Location: Kennebunkport

Guides: Ms. Julie (click for bios on our About page)

   4. Fiddleheads & Fawns

Ages 2.6-4

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

2 spots open on Tuesdays
&
3 spots on Thursdays

This program is available for a small number of learners (6 maximum).

It fosters and supports self-directed nature-inspired play, a strong sense of self, confidence, and resilience. It allows our young learners to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.

In addition, it promotes social and emotional development, the wonder of nature connection, and core motor skills. All through hands-on experiential learning outdoors in a  beautiful nature setting.

Our Fiddleheads and Fawns will meet in all weather, unless dangerous, but a wall tent & wood stove will be available for warming. Learners do not have to be fully potty-trained; potty-training, wearing pull-ups, will be supported. 

This program does cost more than our other programs because it is more guide intensive and carries more expenses. Unfortunately, at the moment, financial assistance is not available, but we are committed to making all of our programs financially accessible to all families and are in the process of working towards this. We hope to be able to offer financial assistance by next year. 

30 Weeks (Tues AND Thurs) $5,200*
30 Weeks (Tues OR Thurs) $2,750*

Single day options are not guaranteed; we need to find someone wanting the alternate day in order to accomodate this.
At the moment we do have a Thursday option available.


*payment option available
price prorated based on start date


Dates:

September 20, 22, 27, 29
October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
November 1, 3, 15, 17, 29
December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
January 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31
February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 28
March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
April 4, 6
May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
June 1, 6, 8

Location: Kennebunkport

Guides: Ms. Julie (both days), Ms. Jenny (Tuesdays), Ms. Evelyn (Thursdays) - click for bios on our About page

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Contact us at: info@actonkennebunkport.org

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The annual tuition for Acton Academy Kennebunkport is $15,900 per student. There is a $500 nonrefundable deposit per student that is due upon acceptance. The balance may be paid as a one-time payment or scheduled as monthly installments. 

What does tuition cover?

Tuition covers all materials (no additional materials fees are charged). 

Tuition covers the cost of the off-site outdoor program once a week.

Tuition also covers most field trips. Bigger field trips or overnight trips will be an additional cost (for example when we took the school on an overnight to NYC the cost was $210 per person which covered parking, hotel, food, and admission costs) 

Do you offer scholarships?

Limited need-based scholarships are currently available. We are working to increase our financial assistance program for upcoming years.

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