At Blue Mountain School, we are cultivating capable community members who possess the courage and wisdom to lead fulfilling lives!
Studies are now showing what many of us already knew intuitively: One aspect of a fulfilling life involves experiencing awe, and fostering a connection with the natural world is one way to inspire awe in children.
At BMS, we are grateful for our 9 acres of woods and play space, and we make use of the woods, trails, stream, and field each day. These wild places invoke the magic and wonder of childhood, and they are where our children learn to steward the earth and explore the connection between all living things.
Give Big today and help us share the power of Outdoor Education with our community!
(Ask us about how you can get 65% of your donation back at tax time!)
How Will Your Donation Help the New River Valley?
At Blue Mountain School, both our outdoor learning spaces and our amazing staff play a fundamental role in providing nature-rich experiences for children throughout the New River Valley. Each year we offer programs that open our doors and our woods to over 200 children!
Your donation on Give Big NRV Day will allow us to improve our outdoor spaces, provide continuing development opportunities for our staff, and grow our programs so that more children can experience the awe of the great outdoors.
What Nature Programs Does BMS Offer?
In addition to our regular school classes, all of which are interwoven with outdoor experiences, we offer several opportunities for children to explore nature at Blue Mountain School.
The Forest Family Program began in September 2016 with our first session of Forest Kindergarten
. Forest K is based on the German model of Waldkindergartens and provides children aged 4 to 8 with the opportunity to explore and engage with the outdoors and with others.
In Fall 2017, we hope to grow the Forest Family to include two new programs: Forest Friends (ages 1.5 to 3) and Forest Explorers (ages 7 to 12). The addition of these groups will provide a full childhood of outdoor education for NRV kids!
In addition, each summer BMS welcomes nearly 150 campers from the New River Valley and beyond. While all our camps
have a focus on outdoor experiences, we offer two that immerse children in the woods for a large part of the day. Forest Kindergarten Camp
is new this year, and our Forest Forts Camp
has been attracting kids back again and again for a number of years now.
Check out this video to see first hand what our Forest Forts Camp is all about!
Double Your Donation -- Or Increase It Sixfold!
A group of Blue Mountain School supporters have agreed to match dollar-for-dollar your donations on Give Big Day up to $3,000!
And if you donate at least $500 (or $615 for a business), you are eligible for a 65% Virginia State tax credit. That means your donation of $500 would only cost you $175, while contributing $1,000 to Blue Mountain School!
To learn more about Blue Mountain School
, visit our website or our Facebook page
If you'd like to learn more about outdoor learning spaces and the value of children spending time in nature, check out these links:
How to Protect Kids from Nature Deficit Disorder
This is Your Brain on Nature
Connecting with Nature Boosts Creativity and Health
What Happens When We Reconnect with Nature
American Forest Kindergarten Assocation
Virginia's No Child Left Inside Coalition