ECO began its mission to get more children outdoors to experience nature and learn about their natural world in 2017. The program began in Atlanta, Georgia and launched in Phoenix, Arizona in 2019, after the founder relocated. Since 2017 ECO programs have assisted about 80+ children in spending over 500 hrs outdoors.
ECO is an outdoor-based program that is similar to the "forest school" programs prevalent across Europe. Our mission is to immerse children in connecting with the natural world. Through ECO, children learn about and explore nature through cross-curricular, hands-on, experiential activities, so that they will develop knowledge about, love for, and dedication to natures wonders.
Our program has been very well received since launching in Phoenix. As a result, we have expanded our programming so that we can assist even more children with getting outdoors to learn. In addition to our semester homeschool programs, we are also offering Saturday and evening programs for families, as well as private programs for groups (school, after-school, scout, etc). We will also have drop in class options, nature journaling classes and youth birding walks for homeschooler's who are unable to commit to our semester program.
We are also expanding our semester homeschool programs and will have 5 program options beginning in August 2020. Our Pathfinders program is for children in PreK-1 st, our Adventurers program is for children in 1st-3rd, our Explorers program is for children in 1st-5th, our Navigators program is for children in 5th-9th grade and our Jr. Naturalist program is for children in 9th-12th.
If you would like to help us ensure that no child is left inside, please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund. This fund will help cover program costs for families that need financial assistance.
If you would like to learn more about our programs we invite you to join our Info, Meet and Greet.
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Your generous donation will help us continue our important environmental education work by enabling us to attend the NAAEE Conference and NSTA Conference this year in Arizona. These conventions will provide us with professional development and additional training. As well as allow us an opportunity to network with like organizations and curriculum developers.