Fall Back to Nature

Now enrolling for Forest Kindergarten, Forest Tots, Field School & Afterschool

Vision: Strong Kids. Healthy Planet.

Merrohawke Nature School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization. We provide meaningful outdoor nature connection programs at sea and on land, for all ages, in all seasons, to inspire a deep connection to land and sea, a strong sense of self, and compassion for all.

We endeavor towards a world where all youth grow strong by nature, know how to tend the wild within, and as adults act compassionately with the earth always in mind.

Understand the Cause

"If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it." — David Sobel

Forest Kindergarten

Merrohawke’s Forest Kindergarten for ages 3.6-6 is modeled around German Waldkindergartens, in which all of our class time is spent entirely outside, October through May. A “Forest Kindergarten” is a form of early education based on the German model of waldkindergartens or “forest preschool.” Learning takes place entirely outdoors in all seasons.

In Europe, parents believe that preparing for school means developing social-emotional and motor skills first–academics follow later. In Germany alone, there are more than 1,000 forest kindergartens formally recognized and subsidized by the German government. Merrohawke Nature School’s Forest Kindergarten launched in October 2013.

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Summer Programs

As the home of BOAT CAMP, summer programs are at the heart of Merrohawke Nature School and perhaps what we are best known for.

We welcome our youngest friends, starting at age 4, to journey through their childhood with us each summer and deepen their sense of place along our beautiful coastal landscape and home waters of the Merrimack River and Ipswich Bay. Programs are offered at every age level to suit those who love land and sea, those who love to venture far out to sea… and those who prefer to keep their feet ashore. We pride ourselves on offering the most unique programs in our community, with exceptionally low staff:student ratio’s and exceptionally high levels of intention and planning that goes into every day.

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From Education… to Action

We Are Nature Rising, a new project of Merrohawke, advances the next generation of leaders who take direction from the principles of nature and the wisdom of elders. As mentors to the next generation, we see the impact climate data and environmental chaos is having on the hope of future leaders. The rise of Standing Rock brought long-term native struggles into the national consciousness and has lit a fire for action. We Are Nature Rising is our answer to this call. We are integrating next generation leadership development, climate justice awareness and native reciprocity with an established North American network of 8 Shields nature schools that, like Merrohawke Nature School, are already deeply engaged in long-term nature connection as a strategy for social change that will result in a healthier world for us all.

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Together we've connected thousands of youth to nature, their community, and themselves.

Merrohawke Nature School | Home of BOAT CAMP, Forest Kindergarten & Wilderness Program, Newburyport, Mass.

Merrohawke Nature School | Home of BOAT CAMP, Forest Kindergarten & Wilderness Program, Newburyport, Mass.