Nurturing Wonder, with Nature.
Drop off at 10:30 am
Pick-up at 3:00 pm
***Please note the updated time to meet the need of those traveling from another time zone -as of April 5th, 2019
Age Range: Independent bathroom-users and up
Dates for 2019 listed below
Split into four separate seasons
Register for a complete season= $20/ session
Or Choose your own dates= $30/ session
Our Educational Philosophy:
We have come to remember that children can’t help but learn. They are experts at play, professionals at turning ‘nothing’ into something, each so creative in their own way, clever, and inquisitive- if only we can lean in, get down, and truly listen. If we slow our busy agendas and hurried inner voices and strive for presence, over praise with them. If we leave behind our egos and reach for compassion over competition as an example for them. We understand that beautiful sense of wonder in children should be encouraged and embraced. We strive to create an environment that gives our children the space and confidence to explore what mother nature has to teach them, to test their arising theories, celebrate in their failures and accomplishments, and come to find their own sense of value in community, through playing with others. We feel so moved by our passion for guiding children in this way, that we wish to share what we have to offer with others.
We see ourselves as guides in this journey and feel nature to be our partner in this endeavor. Helping find answers to the questions, passing down what knowledge we have, and bringing forth connections with others who can share their wisdom. There is so much power in learning from others and we both place great value and appreciation to the mentors in our childrens’ lives. The process of learning from each other has an endless list of useful life skills; patience, communication, social understandings, sense of worth and gratitude, just to name a few.
What does our program look like?
We are offering four separate seasons, all dates based around the natural Seasons. This will be a drop-off for kids on Wednesdays from 10:30am to 3pm. Because of our appreciation and joy in finding mentors from our community to teach the children, we are committed to bringing in at least two mentors each season to teach. We value diversity in all its forms and we see that children working and playing together with others from diverse ages, cognitive skills, social skills, backgrounds, and otherwise helps create a well-rounded, more compassionate and independent person. When aided with caregivers who are great listeners, who can hear the needs of all involved and are able to guide them through communicating with one another when needed, beautiful progress and fun can be had! So, we ask that the children are independent bathroom (or outhouse!) users, but we do not have a maximum age limit. Upon pickup, caregivers are encouraged to hangout and chat with us all for a bit about the days activities. We believe that this will give us all another chance to feel community and also give the caregivers an opportunity to hear what we’ve been up to and ask questions about the day. Plus, there may be little brothers or sisters who want a chance to feel included, too!
Marshall County’s only year-round nature & farm based educational supplement for children. Dedicated to getting kids outside-nurturing their wonders, with nature.
Here on the farm, you do not have to work to find opportunities to learn. With the animals, there are always tasks to be tended to and love to give them. With the ever-expanding gardens, there are always ideas to cultivate, seeds to sow, vines to tend, and fruit to be enjoyed. In our West Woods, we keep winding trails with healthy, diverse land let-wild, with creatures, edibles, and growth to explore. Oh, the list goes on, but please check out our About page to see greater detail on what we have here at Luna Hill. We are always dreaming and creating here. If we need a basket, we figure out how to make one. If we have an inconvenience, we problem solve ways to fix it, together. There are so many projects we have enjoyed sharing with kids in the past and so many in the line-up that we look forward to in the future! Building a treehouse, building beehives and bringing in the colonies, creating a living willow structure, building more fencing- traditional and more wattle fencing, creating a pollinator garden around the bee area, adding another garden in front, eventually (down the road) digging a natural swimming pool. Really, the list is never-ending and we wouldn’t have it any other way! And there are so many simple projects we see teaching the kids. Building birdhouses for them to take home is one, along with many other take-home projects to enjoy. We also plan on teaching survival skills; ways to start a fire, how to make tools, building shelters-even food preservation and seed saving.
Each child will receive a sketch book of their own to keep. This may be used to sketch creatures we find and identify, we may work on poetry together, writing or drawing out something we experienced together, doing portraits, drawing out plans for projects we would like their input on, and I can’t wait to see what else they come up with on their own! Our activities will vary with the seasons and will be structured based on what is happening here on the farm and what we want to learn together, but there will also be a chance for child-led play as well. We plan to include singing, storytelling, music, dance, and everything in between that moves us! It’s also worth pointing out our passion for collecting and sharing books that spark the imagination and help kids process. We have quite a collection building, we intend to continue investing in our program(and our lives!) this way and will always read at least one story with the kids.
We also want to be clear that we are committed to offering a secular experience. We are not affiliated with any church or faith and wholeheartedly welcome all walks of life, with open arms!
What should my child bring?
-A packed lunch
-Proper Weather-Appropriate Clothing We will provide a more specific list for the colder months
-An Adventure Pack A backpack that your child can easily wear will do
-Tools Optional: magnifying glass, colored pencils, Binoculars, Compass, and such….
***Although we encourage teaching and allowing children to safely use knives, we will not be allowing any kids to bring a knife to Kids Club. We will be teaching whittling skills, but parents will be notified ahead of the date we plan to do so, and then they may bring their own.
SPRING: 11 sessions
April 3rd-Playdate with Caregivers
April 10th, 17th, 24th
May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
June 5th, 12th, 19th
SUMMER: 11 sessions
July 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
September 4th, 11th, 18th
AUTUMN: 11 sessions
October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
November 6th, 13th, 21st (Off Nov. 27th)
December 4th, 11th, 18th
WINTER: 11 sessions
January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
March 4th, 11th, 18th
Registration & Payment
Please call or email us to check for open spaces & reserve the dates you are wishing your child/children to attend. At this time, payment may be made at time of arrival or in advance, but to reserve your spot, you must contact us in advance & we must have received both pages of the registration form. The forms can either be emailed to us at AJBoener@gmail.com, mailed, or brought to us in person.
At this time, we are only able to accept Cash or Check. If you prefer to pay by check, you may pay in person, or pay beforehand by sending to:
John & Amanda Jo Boener
18889 9th Road
Plymouth, IN 46563
In the future, we should be able to accept Debit/Credit/PayPal through our website or in person & we plan to fundraise so that we may have scholarships available for those in need.
We also have a growing collection of winter-weather gear that has been donated from several kind folks in the community. We plan to offer anyone who is in the Kids Club the opportunity to borrow the article for the season and return it when they are done to be shared with others.
We do offer a 20% discount to those registering siblings.
Amanda Jo at (574)341-0229
John at (574)339-3912
Or email us both at AJBoener@gmail.com
And we would be happy to give anyone interested, who has not been out, a chance to meet our family and a tour of the farm! Be sure to check out our Events tab to see when the next Open Farm day is!