Foxwalk Forest School


When: No Foxwalk in 2020 (see below for more information). Normal schedule is Tuesdays, 10 am — 2 pm.  September through May (off for winter).  26 weeks.

Where: The Greenwood School woods, Putney, VT

Ages5 – 7 (Age 4 children considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us.)

Cost (in 2019):

  • Full year: $1,225 – $1,700 (sliding scale) for 26 Sessions.  Actual per-student cost is $1,400.
  • Half-year (Fall or Spring term) sign-ups considered on an individual basis.
  • Prices listed are from last year. Prices likely will increase upon reopening to cover new COVID-related costs.
  • Scholarship funds are available.

Foxwalk Forest School supports children ages 5-7 to explore the natural world together, learn wilderness living skills, and build self-confidence, teamwork, and knowledge of self, nature, and community.

Students are guided by longtime VWS lead instructor Bob Etzweiler, with over 20 years of experience sharing the natural world with children and guiding groups in the outdoors, along with other experienced Vermont Wilderness School staff. We maintain a ratio of no more than 6 children to one instructor. Foxwalk was initiated by a group of parents seeking nature-based learning opportunities for their young children.

Foxwalk is a program about building and fostering relationships.  It’s by creating connections to each other and the natural world that our curiosity is stirred and learning flows. Our days are filled with play, exploration, stories, wilderness skills and fun…lots of fun! We are guided by the combined passions of the children and staff, the seasons and weather, and the unique magic that each day has to offer.

Fall 2020 Update from Bob:

“Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel Foxwalk for the upcoming 2020-2021 year. It was a tough decision, but one we feel we need to make.

Our experience with following COVID safety guidelines at summer 2020 camps led us to conclude that we couldn’t offer Foxwalk in a safe way. Following distancing and mask wearing guidelines with children of this age seemed too difficult. Our first priority is to the health and safety of the children, staff, and our community. The only other option would be to operate Foxwalk considering the staff, children, and families as one “pod” but we don’t feel good about that either. We are running programs for older youth this fall and will be making announcements about those in the next few weeks.

This will be the first year since it started that Foxwalk won’t run. We’re disappointed about that. We’ve appreciated the opportunity to help foster your child’s relationship with others and the natural world. We look forward to the time, down the road, when we can do so again.

Sincerely,

Program Director, Bob Etzweiler”

Please complete the short form below to be notified when Foxwalk’s re-opening is announced.

Questions?  Please contact us at office@vermontwildernessschool.org or call 802-257-8570.