Outdoor Experiential Education
Our Outdoor Experiential Education program provides hands-on field experiences and nature play for students at FFS, integrating mindfulness and reflective practices, a healthy lifestyle, and opportunities for scientific inquiry. FFS retreats, hikes, all-school outdoor expeditions, and farm trips provide opportunities to explore together as a community, recharge, and fall in love with nature. On campus, some of the best learning happens through play – with water, dirt, and natural materials, and through climbing, crawling, running, jumping, and participating in physical activity.
Fifth graders are responsible for the care of our chickens and vertical gardens, and second graders keep honeybees which provide the school with several gallons of honey each year.
Middle School students spend three days and two nights at a team-building retreat, where they enjoy community interaction (high ropes course, canoeing, archery, etc.), foster reflective capabilities, and form stronger friendships. They take a leadership role in all-school events such as Field Day, Quaker Day, and Outdoor Expeditions, and Service.