We are growing an intentional community of homeschoolers + unschoolers in Philadelphia committed to radically reimagining education.
What is Wild Seeds?
Wild Seeds is a part-time, nature-based learning program for self-directing young people ages 5-12. Our program supports families who are homeschooling and unschooling their young people, while centering environmental stewardship and decolonization. Immersed in nature and supported by an intentional community, young people let their curiosities and passions lead the way to deep learning and action around topics and issues that matter to them.
Wild Seeds gives young people an entirely unique learning experience. Focused on cooperation, collaboration, and problem solving, they grow in community with one another and with their environment.
We trust that learning happens best when young people are free to explore, experiment, play, question and interact in the real world, while being supported by a community and facilitators trained to support self-directed learners.
Beliefs about learning
Wild Seeds believes that people learn best when they are empowered to choose what and how they learn. We use tools and processes from the agile learning model of self-directed education, which roots itself in the following:
Learning: Learning is natural. It’s happening all the time.
Self- Direction: People learn best by making their own decisions. Children are people.
Experience: People learn more from their culture and environment than from the content they are taught. The medium is the message.
Success: Accomplishment is achieved through cycles of intention, creation, reflection, and sharing.
How we support learners
Wild Seeds is founded on the belief that interacting with the natural environment provides endless opportunity for play, discovery, hands on learning, experimentation, problem solving, cooperation, and creativity. Nature-based settings are the perfect complement to self-directed education as young people have endless choices.
Instead of mandatory classes that intend to teach adult- determined content, Wild Seeds students and staff center passion-driven education. By participating in community meetings and the daily cycle of intention and reflection, students and facilitators share their interests and goals. Facilitators, students, and outside experts create offerings based on shared interests that are available to any Wild Seeds student. Have an offering to share?
Young people participate in active community building through collaborative projects, sharing learning, negotiating resource sharing, practicing dialogue based conflict resolution strategies, and participating in small group cycles of intention and reflection. Young people also experience the wider school community, composed of parents and experts in the Philadelphia community. Young people have the opportunity to explore the freedom and responsibility of self-directing in community with others.