The Inde Nature School is immersed outdoors among the pines on our sprawling 13 acres of land. We offer three programs: Inde Explorers (3.5-6 yrs), Inde Elementary (K-5th grade) and Inde Homeschool Hangout (K-5th grade).
Children are invited to explore, create and discover within their natural surroundings. Each morning children are greeted by our flock of chickens and our friendly ducks. New treasures can be found each day and evolve with the changing of the seasons. As discoveries are made, questions will emerge, and these questions will guide the curriculum. Following the children’s interests and inquiries will support a growing love of learning. Children will have the opportunity to build and grow their classroom by moving logs and rocks around and by tending the garden. On the days when Mother Nature brings us severe inclement weather (a little rain means lots of puddle jumping!), children will escape inside to their cozy classroom or the Backyard Clubhouse on the main campus where they will be engaged with activities and crafts indoors until harsh weather conditions subside. Children should be prepared for the outdoors when they arrive with bug spray and sunscreen already applied. They will need weather appropriate clothing, changes of clothes, and accessories such as rain boots, glove etc. There is no bad weather just improper clothing!
Building a deep connection with nature at a young age will help cultivate a lasting respect for the outdoors and provide a lifetime foundation of embracing the great outdoors.
Inde Explorers: 3.5-6 years old
5 day M-F
3 day MTW
2 day ThF
Inde Elementary: K-5th grade
5 day M-F
We use the Oak Meadow Curriculum to cover all NC Education Standards, as well as a few additional topics such as Gardening & Indoor Plant Care, Music & Movement, Cooking & Nutrition, Spanish, Agriculture, and Chicken & Duck Care! Our classroom has an 18 students: 2 teachers ratio in order to allow 1-on-1 learning, as well as to have opportunities to blend the grade levels together for subjects! Our Nature House allows for students to be indoors during inclement weather while still having the feeling of being surrounded by the outdoors with plants everywhere! Instead of traditional schooling that has students sitting at a desk with a textbook, this program focuses on comfort and creativity! Grab a comfy pillow to find a quiet spot to read, have your clipboard in hand as you explore the surrounding wooded areas, join the group for a snack at the family style table. What will you discover with us as you Explore Beyond Four Walls?
“Oak Meadow understands that students learn in many different ways: some by doing, others by listening, still others by seeing or reading. Because our curriculum is designed to address a variety of learning styles, children are able to engage fully with the materials, learn successfully, and enjoy the learning process.”
Inde Homeschool Hangout: K-5th grade
Tu & Th
Come relax with friends! Twice a week, come interact with other Homeschool friends as you care for Chickens & Ducks, grow and harvest produce from the gardens, and just enjoy the outdoors! This program is the perfect chance for your student to make connections and build friendships while also taking a break from their homeschool curriculum.
Inde Homeschool Hangout Try It Thursdays: K-5th grade
Try It Thursdays gives students an opportunity to experience the Inde Homeschool Hangout for a day! After you participate in Try In Thursdays, enroll in the Inde Homeschool Hangout program and your application fee will be waived!
Please note: Try It Thursdays is a One Time Only program per student.