What is happening at Red Oaks

  • Homeschool classes are currently offered on Wednesdays in Spring and Fall to enrich a homeschool education and provide regular free play in nature in a social setting.

  • Seasonal workshops are offered to give families time together in nature with added educational content.

  • Offering stewardship opportunities, guided hikes, and citizen science days for all ages.

  • Offering environmental educator workshops for aspiring naturalists, homeschool parents, and anyone interested in learning how to teach varying aspects of environmental education.

  • Camp-outs are scheduled throughout the year in eastern Kentucky and beyond; exploring new ecosystems and habitats, as well as, building bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime. These opportunities provide lots of support for families new to camping.

  • Launched Mighty Acorns; our pre-k program for ages 3-6 ready to build confidence and explore in nature in all weather.

  • Partnering with the University of Kentucky to offer Taking Flight, student-led, inquiry based research methods classes. Introducing kids to the world of science through the exploration of local Northern Cardinal populations.

  • Launched Trail Boss; our drop-off program for 7-10 year olds ready to blaze some trails!

  • Partnering with foster homes to provide guided hikes and citizen science opportunities to share the healing power of nature.

What We offer

  • Age-appropriate, nature-based content all taught outside, rain or shine.

  • Opportunities to increase fitness, strength, and team building through activities like hiking and rock climbing.

  • Free play in nature as a part of every session.

  • Stewardship opportunities to get involved in ecological restoration.

  • Out-of-home socialization opportunities for homeschool families.

What we have achieved 

  • Helped families commit to weekly time in nature.

  • Brought nature immersion and citizen science opportunities to kids in foster care.

  • Tripled our membership in 3 years and currently serving over 90 kids ranging from pre-k to high school.

  • Established as a state registered non-profit in 2017 and 501c3 in 2019.

  • Held our first successful fund-raiser to build a stage coming Fall 2019.

  • Featured in many print and on-line publications sharing the many benefits of time in nature.

  • Our Director participated in Tedx Corbin, sharing the mental and physical healing benefits of time in nature.