Grow Strong by Nature

"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

April 28 Fundraising Auction Benefit

Join us April 28 for a Farm-to-Table dinner & Live Auction at Alnoba in Kensington, NH, for our Annual Auction Fundraiser to benefit Merrohawke’s education and scholarship programs.

Alnoba is located on 400 acres of beautiful forest and trails. We’ll gather inside and on the patio of the main building, which is the first mixed use building to be certified as a Passive House in North America.

Your generous bidding and sponsorship supports
Merrohawke’s nature education and scholarship programs.

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Vision & Mission

Your support makes it possible for Merrohawke to serve 2,200 youth annually from families living within a 50-mile radius of Newburyport, Mass. It is our vision that every child will grow into an adult able and committed to better our world. With this intention in our hearts and minds, we are committed to guiding learning in nature that inspires empathy, resilience, grit and a deep connection to the earth.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, Merrohawke Nature School programs take place at sea and on land, for all ages, in all seasons. Thanks to the philanthropic support of individuals, foundations and businesses, more than $84K in scholarship assistance has been awarded to youth desiring to attend Merrohawke. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Understand the Cause

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.” -Rudolf Steiner

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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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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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.