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Kindled Nature Program


Is there anything more important than giving children a magical, alive, and story-filled childhood? At Kindled, children connect to themselves, nature, and other people by running and laughing and sneaking through the snow and fall forest leaves, learning crafts, animal tracking, shelter building, Jedi training, and seeing the changes that take place as we explore the land throughout the year.

Kindled Nature Program is a place to learn, come alive, and have your stories heard while discovering nature. ed by Led by Barry Wyman and Yard Salie, Kindled is a monthly nature mentoring program hosted by Willowell on our 230 acres of land. 



October - June
Every 1st Saturday of Month, EXCEPT October (1st Saturday is October 21st)                                                                       9am - 3pm


Stoney Meadow Lane
Monkton, VT 05443


6 - 18


$495 (scholarships available) | Optional overnight stays in the spring with additional cost.


I. Make checks payable to the Willowell Foundation, and mail to address above (preferred).

II. Pay through PayPalPlease enter name of camp and campers name in description.

Complete the 2018 Willowell Camp Registration Form Online

Applications and full tuition are due 3 weeks before the camp start date.To reserve a space now, please fill out the online application and mail your non-refundable $50 deposit.  Deposit counts towards full tuition.


The Day

Each day, we arrive, play games, and look at nature mysteries in our ever-growing nature museum (a collection of nature artifacts that are meant to be touched and wondered about).

Once all our Nature Schoolers have arrived, the day begins. We start our day as a large group with gratitude for what we have by each person sharing something we are grateful for. A mentor might share a short story or song to set the tone of the day.

Then we are off on our adventures in small age groups. Throughout the year, we’ll learn and grow in these groups by:

  • Discovering new places through wandering and mapping
  • Getting into our senses, and learning to track and be detectives
  • Learning skills and crafts
  • Making art with natural materials and rock paint
  • And, of course, playing giant games of sneaking and running

All our activities will encourage us to find our own interests in nature that call us out into the world, instead of retreating into the cave of our mind.

When the day is nearly over, we will come and celebrate the day with a big group game and sharing stories. The day ends with a folk tale or true story told by the mentors (Elders and Parents are welcome to come and listen).

Then, we say our goodbyes.


Nature Mentoring

Kindled Nature Program practices Nature Mentoring, a model that represents the heart of Willowell’s mission to connect people with the arts, education, the environment, and each other. It’s a simple model, but why does it work?  Learn more about the science and research behind Nature Mentoring at the website of 8 Shields Institute.