The Great Blue Heron Community School

Ages: 7 – 15

When & Where: Each of the following is a separate program, meeting weekly from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Because of high demand, a child may only attend one of these programs:

Pick-up and Drop-offPickup and drop-off times will be staggered to reduce large group congestion at drop off and pick up. Details TBA.

Cost: $1500 – $2100 (sliding scale) for 27 Sessions.  Actual per-student cost is $1700 (or $60 per day). Scholarship funds are available.

The Great Blue Heron Community School is the new name for the program that for 20 years was called the “Oyase Community School.”  This year we retired the name “Oyase,” acknowledging that it is harmful for a non-Indigenous-led program to use a Lakota name. See our recent public letter on the name change here.

Vermont Wilderness School programs inspire young people to deepen their relationships with the natural world and each other. Youth gain life skills and confidence, guided by an experienced team of instructors. Our approach to nature connection emphasizes outdoor living skills, naturalist knowledge, dedication to community service and social equity, and social/emotional development.

Youth and staff follow VWS’s COVID-19 Prevention Protocols, which include small group sizes (9 people max), social distancing, mask use, sanitation, and more. After using these protocols for 10 weeks of summer camp, we have learned how to both stay safe and have fun!

Each child will spend the full year in a group of 5 or 6 children, with 1 VWS lead instructor and 1-2 VWS teen or adult volunteer instructors. For COVID protection, groups will remain separate throughout the day.

How to sign up

  1. Our Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday programs are currently full and not accepting registrations. Contact us to be notified if spots open later.

  2. But we have a few spots on Thursday! Click here and follow the instructions.