Youth Programs

kids-p-indiv-shelter-200pxOur programs provide a space for youth to develop deep connections to natural world. Through the power of nature connection, they also develop self-awareness, resiliency, confidence, and leadership skills.

As humans we have grown and evolved through countless generations alongside and often in a symbiotic relationship to the natural world. At Earth Tracks we take pride in being stewards of the land and passing these skills and knowledge on to the future generations. Through curiosity-based learning, play, sensory engagement of the natural world, naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, individual edge experiences, and wilderness living skills we blend modern (scientific) with ancient techniques to engage students in their growth to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. Earth Tracks provides a culture of nature connection and continuous learning as we guide people to connect with nature, self, and community.

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Over the years Earth Tracks has worked with many groups and organizations to create and deliver nature-based learning experiences, including elementary & high schools, universities, scout groups, homeschoolers, First Nations, and Waldorf schools, one-on-one private mentoring clients and many others. If you are interested in working with us, we would love to hear from you. We can design and deliver an experience that will meet your goals and provide a lasting impact on your students.

  • This year [2015], with 3 other families, I home-schooled my daughter, who is in grade 9.  One of the firm commitments we made was to ensure that our teens had one day a week, outdoors, in nature.  They were expertly mentored by Alexis Burnett throughout the year, learning flora, fauna, wilderness skills, and self-development skills.  No boring lectures, no homework, just sheer expansion of the spirit, heart and mind.  It's been an awesome year!

    Natasha Bye

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Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle has coined the phrase “Nature-Deficit Disorder”, which he defines as “the human cost of alienation from nature, including: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical & emotional illnesses. This disorder can be detected in individuals, families, and communities.”

Many children in our society todaykids-with-backpacks-cool-300px are not spending time outside as previous generations used to. This lack of time and experience in nature is presenting itself in many ways in our society. The programs at Earth Tracks work towards reversing the effects of NDD. By providing direct sensory experience of the natural world and careful mentoring practices, children and adults begin to experience and connect to nature in a deep, powerful, and life-changing way.

 

Our Nature Connection programs has helped to develop and bring out the following gifts and characteristics in our students:

  • Strong leadership and problem-solving skillsimage-girl-craftsnowshoe-200px
  • Respect and a deep love for the earth
  • Self-confidence, self-awareness and resiliency
  • Respect for self and others
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Recognition of gifts, purpose, and vision
  • Curiosity and inquisitive focus
  • Development of life-long learning skills

For more information on our powerful and unique approach to nature education as well as to learn about the tools we use to mentor youth, check out a copy of the Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature. This book is a great representation of the philosophy and approach that we take to Mentoring and Deep Nature Connection. You can also watch this video to learn more about the 8 Shields Mentoring Model that we incorporate into all of our programs.

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We are also proud to work with and endorse the P.I.N.E. Project Nature Camps for children that take place in Toronto as well as the Huntsville area.   P.I.N.E. summer camps offer creative play, exploration, and adventure, as campers work together in small groups throughout the week.

Upcoming Events
  1. Algonquin Weekend Wildlife Tracking Class 2017

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - August 27 @ 5:00 pm EDT
  2. Utilitarian Uses of Plants Workshop 2017

    September 9 @ 9:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Testimonials
  • Alexis is an ideal teacher and mentor, deeply knowledgeable, but with an engaging and accessible way of meeting you exactly where you're at, with tons of respect for every student and their own experiences and needs.
    Malgosia HalliopMalgosia Halliop
  • [The apprenticeship program] is a great hands-on program. It has a great balance between brain learning and heart learning.
    2015 Apprentice
  • Alexis' mentoring is respectful, humble and passionate. He cares so much about the plants and this brought a feeling of wonder and joy to our weekend adventures. He is very skilled with adult learners, keeping things light and fun while allowing for focused questioning and study too.
    Alex ThomsonAlex Thomson
  • I feel I learned so much throughout my experience here and I often tell others, taking the Plants Apprenticeship program has had a profound effect on my life. The careful ethics and the heart/spirit centered approach to working with plants will inform my learning for many years to come. I feel so grateful to have had this opportunity to have had Alexis be my teacher.
    2015 Apprentice
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