Play is not a break from the curriculum;
play is the best way to implement the curriculum.
These experiences take many forms, such as an AM nature program for preschoolers, classes for home school students, nature field trips, or learning workshops (Link to "programs.") Most experiences are based on a multi-age (2-3 years) approach to learning and mentoring.
Woodland Discovery has reflected on the obstacles to outdoor play and sought to minimize them. For example, you cannot drop your children off at a public park and come back three hours later to pick them up. There would be dangers from strangers, physical accidents, or bullies. You might be accused of “neglect.” Woodland provides supervision during play by a caring adult. These adults value safety and respect for the environment and for others. They understand child development and how to ask appropriate questions to lead children to outdoor discovery. They will also model appropriate social interactions between children. They understand that experiential learning builds a firm foundation for future academic success. Activities are in blocks of time that allow parents to complete other duties while children take a break from the virtual world and explore the real world around us.