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What is Dragonfly Nature Club?

Dragonfly Nature Club is a way to get kids in exploring nature in a fun way. Each session is unique, drawing from the seasons, the surroundings, and the kids involved to create a memorable experience.

What does a Nature Club session look like?

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  • Small groups

  • Hikes and Forest Exploration

  • Skill Builders: Tool use, fire lighting, hand crafts, observation, science

  • Provocations: Rope, tree climbing, pond dipping, natural art, mud!

  • Photos of your child shared with you from the session

Daily Rhythm (Schedule)

Morning Circle Games & Welcome

Nature Knowledge - teacher led activities in nature and science

Snack Break & Bathroom Break

Forest Exploration/Free Choice - Explorers will be given an area of the woods to free explore, and will have choice of their activity. Each session will have a new invitation to the forest: an open ended activity that will challenge explorers in new and interesting ways. Example invitations: What bugs are in the area? Can you build a shelter? How could we build something that floats in the water?

Closing Circle & Wrap Up - Explorers will get to decide how best to summarize their activities each session in their nature journal.

What kind of topics will be included?

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Below are some examples of things that may be covered during a Nature Club session. These topics will change based on the time of year, the age of students, the students interests, the student's current studies, and more. 

  • Bugs & Insects

  • Pond Life, Microorganisms, Fish

  • Soil and Decomposers

  • Fire Safety, Fire Lighting, Knife Safety, Whittling, Bushcraft

  • Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Nests and Burrows, Animal Signs and Tracking

  • Chemistry and Physics in Nature

  • and Much More!

 

View our curriculum outline here: Spring 2024 Curriculum Outline

Event Policies

Jax Dragonfly Academy designs and implements programs based on enrollment. We invest in program planning, site licenses, equipment and other costs before the program begins. These expenses cannot be recovered in the event of a cancellation. When considering a cancellation, please be aware and respectful of our policies and commitment to facilitating quality programs. 

 

Weather: Programs run rain or shine. We don’t provide refunds for days missed due to weather. All participants should come to programs with weather-appropriate clothing and related gear. In the event that extreme weather jeopardizes the health and safety of participants and staff, the Dragonfly Academy may choose to reschedule the session. You will be notified 12-24 hours in advance of a schedule change.

Park access: Jax Dragonfly Academy operates in public parks. In very rare circumstances where access to the park has been restricted without notice, programs may be cancelled if an alternative location can not be secured. Credits will be issued. 

Low enrollment: Jax Dragonfly Academy reserves the right to cancel a program due to low enrollment.  A full refund will be issued.

 

Circumstances beyond our control: The Dragonfly Academy will determine whether a refund is warranted. 

Other refunds and credits: You can request a full refund 28 days prior to the start of each Nature Club semester. We do not provide refunds for missed days of Nature Club. If you are unable to make one of the sessions, please let us know in advance and we may be able to add you to another session based on availability. 

All cancellations must be requested in writing by emailing info@jaxdragonfly.org.

We reserve the right to cancel a program or change a program’s duration, price or location. You will be notified via email of any changes to programs you are already registered for.

Nature Club meets every Tuesday, excluding holidays.

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Sold Out

These sessions fill up very quickly. If a session you are interested in is full, please Join a Waitlist by clicking below. You will be notified if there are any openings in our program.

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