Our outdoor experiential education program provides hands-on field studies and nature play for students at FFS, integrating mindfulness and reflective practices, a healthy lifestyle, scientific inquiry, and environmental stewardship.
Retreats, hikes, all-school outdoor expeditions, and farm trips provide opportunities to explore together as a community, recharge, and fall in love with nature. On campus, some of the best learning happens through play with water, dirt, and natural materials, and through climbing, crawling, running, jumping, and participating in physical activities at The NEST.
Middle School Retreats
Middle School students spend three days and two nights at a team-building retreat at the 20-acre New Life Island, located in the middle of the Delaware River. The students strengthen connections with old friends, establish new relationships, and together, build a strong middle school community.
Students embrace challenges such as navigating a low ropes course, canoeing down the river on a six mile trip, contributing to team-building games, and taking archery lessons. They also hike, practice yoga and mindfulness, sit by a bonfire, make new friends, and attend outdoor Meetings for Worship.