Academy of the Natural World

During this season of great changes and adaptation in education and academic situations, Turtle Island is pleased to host this outdoor learning event for participants from ages 8-12.

photo by Wendy McCarty This educational offering just for children is designed to restore the relationship between humans and mother nature. It will be an in depth program featuring a variety of wilderness survival and outdoor living skills. These skills include but definitely aren't limited to fire making (in both dry and wet conditions), debris shelter construction, plant and animal identification, growing food, foraging knowledge, tracking, knots, first aid, outdoor cooking, bird language, and more. By the time these young men and women are done with our academy we wouldn't be surprised if they begin teaching their own parents a thing or two about the outdoor world. 
Each session will be on Friday from 9am-5pm. Students will bring their own lunch for the day; however, snacks will be provided from foraging adventures on the land. Each session will be $80, and if two or more students sign up together we will offer a discounted price of $70 per session. 



Date/Time: Every Friday in October 9am-5pm (private group bookings also available)

Available Spaces: Limited to 16 or less per session

Cost: $80 per/participant age 8-12 - DISCOUNT to $70 when booking more than one

Cancellations: All payments are non-refundable

Road Conditions: 1.5 miles off-road gravel - watch the video(link is external)

Considerations: All participants must sign and submit THIS FORM prior to arrival

Location: 8 miles east of Boone, NC - Base camp at Turtle Island Preserve is just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway - Bamboo Gap Exit



How To Register:

Option 1: Pay $85 each online w/ credit card by clicking the yellow "Buy Now" button - then email these forms to: 




Option 2: Pay $80 each w/ check or money order by Postal Mail - print and enclose these forms to:

Turtle Island Preserve

Attn. Academy of the Natural WorldRogers Cabin - open air wood floor overnight shelter

2683 Little Laurel Road

Boone, NC 28607



After You've Registered:

(Please print out and read before coming)

Driving/ Parking Instructions

Critical Orientation Info

Required form - must submit prior to arrival