Barefoot University was started by two moms looking for a community to walk alongside them and their kid's zeal for nature while navigating homeschooling, parenting, and life. Out of that, our purpose was created!
We started in 2019 and Barefoot University has been sprouting ever since. We are so happy more people have the opportunity to connect their kids and child’s education to nature. BU is a registered non-profit and operates under those terms.
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We aim to connect kids to nature by encouraging child-led experiences, play, and outdoor hands-on learning.
At Barefoot University, we follow forest school principles for child led outdoor exploration, risk play, and nature based skills.
BU wants to create strong communities of families who enjoy meeting together weekly. We organize our activities by focusing on yearly learning rhythms and also teach kids the importance of serving through community service projects.
Madeleine is homeschooling mom of one. Madeleine is a holistic nutritionist with a specialty in urban farming and sustainability. She is passionate about homesteading and taking care of animals. If she’s not at forest school, you can usually find her in the garden.
Amber is a homeschooling mom of four. Her third ignited her passion of nature and was the inspiration behind starting a forest school. Amber has extensive sales and marketing experience and has served on the board for several NPOs. She is passionate about Jesus and natural living - both of which have also fostered her love of natures beauty and benefits.
Getting homeschool families connected to nature and each other is a BU priority. There’s so many physical, educational, and spiritual benefits to spending time outside and making it part of your child’s education. This is the primary focus of BU.
Barefoot University offers a benevolent fund to provide forest school for homeschool families who are not financially able to join our program.
We are so passionate about the benefits of nature and nature education, we are also taking BU into low income areas and have a plan to reach public schools with our program so that all kids can experience the barefoot philosophy.