Clovis Program Corinth

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 9:00am to Wed, 11/25/2020 - 3:00pm

The Clovis Program is focused on the ancient human lineage of hunter-gatherer cultures and the lessons they have to teach us.   There are two, 12 session semesters, one spring and one fall which can be taken together or separately. The program is for students 10-14.

Each week the students will be guided to further their education of wilderness self-reliance and naturalist studies. Each semester will have three to five themes that will run throughout, informing the curriculum,  allowing us to go deeper into the subject and ensuring the students engage with the information and skills in a variety of ways. This creates a more thorough education and helps to build lasting understanding of our studies.   

This semester program is for a very small select group of kids who are self motivated and enthused about learning wilderness living skills. We love a balance of focused learning and energized games, but in this semester we will have more complicated projects and less games than our typical week of fun and educational activities that typify our semester program.  That is to say, this is not for everyone, but the perfect fit for a few.  


This year the themes for Clovis are:

Fall:  Plant Journaling     Friction Fire     Wood Carving       Natural Fibers       Awareness Games

Spring:  Wildlife Tracking   Mammal Studies  Winter Trees and Teas  Accuracy Games







In learning these skills students get an opportunity to cultivate personal strength and understanding of oneself. Each day at the Clovis Program includes time working on core skills such as tracking and awareness, hands on projects with natural materials, and time learning about the landscape. As the months go by students begin to build their knowledge and understanding through practice and study, and experience the achievement of completing long term skills projects.  In order to ensure student to teacher ratios we will be limiting the class size to twelve students per group.



New Protocols To Be Covid Sensitive

We understand that folks are interpreting what is going on right now in a myriad of ways.  We want to be clear in our communication of what baseline is here and now in the hopes that everyone clearly understands and feels safe.  If you and your child don't think that this will work for whatever reason, we understand. 
Adjusting our programming style
There will be a great deal more individual tasks and projects.  We will be focusing largely on naturalist studies and craft time, with less games.  There will be less adaptive choice in what we are doing in that this will require us to prepare work stations where all participants have what they need, so if we are carving, working clay, etc.. that is the focus.  With that we will be able to accomplish some larger and more complicated tasks than we typically appeal to. 
They will need to be sure to have their journals and writing instruments as this is a big part of naturalist study work.   If they have their own knife, great! please pack it.  
Adjustments to ourselves
We want everyone to bring masks.  In an effort to nix the new weirdness of them, we want everyone to show up wearing one so that we can negate that issue right off the bat.  We plan on relying more on distance rather than being close and using masks, but we want to get ahead of them being and feeling weird by starting with them.
We will have folks maintain distance through the day.  This is the simplest, most effective and potentially most difficult. For some clear cut boundaries, there will be no sharing food/water, tools, hugs or handshakes.
We have an outdoor hand washing set up that is foot pump activated.  woohoo hand washing!  There will be times where we have everyone wash their hands at our discretion through the day.
We will be outside the whole time so weather appropriate clothing is paramount, and showing up with an extra water bottle so they have enough for the day will be important.  
We have always promoted peeing outside to give back to the plants, but now you must be comfortable doing so.  We have restrooms that we would like to see minimally used as they will need to be disinfected after use, so "number 2s" only in the outhouses.
Please assess your kids for symptoms, and although obvious but needs to be said, do not have them show up with any symptoms of sickness.  
I am going to reiterate a few things below in a format and clarity that may be easier for people to read.  

Covid 19 Rules for Roots School – Until notice the following will apply to all Roots Classes


In order to make it safe to run our programs we ask everyone to carefully follow the following precautions. We understand this is inconvenient and counter-intuitive to some people but it is the only way we are able to continue to offer our classes to the public in person.

All classes will be fully outside, please dress accordingly. Please do not enter the building.

Please respect a 6-8 foot minimum distance between you and others.  If you must be closer to others a mask must be worn by both parties.

Wash your hands often. Outdoor hand washing stations are available.

Do not touch any tools or objects without clear invitation. Workspace and tools will be shared for the duration of the course and then disinfected. If you need a tool or material please ask and that way we know what needs to be cleaned.

If you have any symptoms related to Covid -19 do not attend.

Please pee outside when possible away from group areas and trails. When you need to use the outhouse please touch as little as possible and clean the toilet seat when you are done with spray cleaner at each location. Please do not throw disinfectant cloths in the toilet. Use hand sanitizer located outside.

Additional details
After many years of working with kids, we find ourselves in a totally unprecedented situation in which we will be asking kids to follow strange, unnatural, and new rules in which we can offer no flexibility.  As educators, we think it is unfair to expect all kids to be able to follow these rules without the normal time period of making mistakes and fixing them.  Because of this and yet due to the consequences being so big, we will assess each kid's ability to participate and follow the new rules and decide how to proceed after that.  

Our normal level of tolerance. and our willingness to work with challenging or impulsive behavior, is severely limited due to the current state of the world.   This has a strict and specific tone to it I realize, and not the fun come engage with nature that is typical, but is the only way we feel we can manage it while keeping everyone as safe as possible.   If you cannot or choose not adhere strictly to the above safety guidelines you will be asked to leave immediately without refund or question. We are unwilling to risk our safety or the safety of others.  With this being the case, our program cannot take on those that have behavioral complications.     We reserve the right to send home kids that cannot or will not comply with the guidelines we put in place with no refunds available.

If you choose to have your child attend, please know that no matter how careful we are we are unable to make any guarantees about no-one contracting covid.  We want you to acknowledge that there is an inherent risk, no matter how many mitigation strategies we use and how compliant the kids are,  in public exposure that you are taking on.  





This program will be held at Roots School.  192 Bear Notch Rd, Corinth, VT, 05039

This program will also be held at our location in Plainfield, VT.







Cost and Dates:

Sign up for either the whole year or just the semester individually.  Deposits or full payments are due with registration. Payment plans can be established.

Whole Year Tuition:

Deposit  $500      Balance: $1200      Full Price: $1700 ($100 off)

Semester Tuition:

Deposit: $300      Balance: $600        Full Price: $900


Fall Semester

The program dates are September 2, 9, 16, 23 October 7, 14, 21, 28  November 4, 11, 18, 25. Every session is on Wednesdays, from 9AM-3:00PM

Deposit: $300      Balance: $600        Full Price: $900



Spring Semester

Clovis Program dates for the 2021 Spring Semester:


Every session is on Wednesdays, from 9AM-3:00PM





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Logistics - Youth

Logistical information about what to bring for your class, camping during overnight courses, directions and so forth can be found here.

Registration Forms

Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.

Roots Handbook: