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A Day at Ferntop

Educators, Administrators, Parents, Caregivers, Home School Teachers
We invite you to share a day of observation and learning at Ferntop Nature Preschool! Anyone who wants to learn how to incorporate the natural world into the lives and education of the children close to their hearts will be welcomed. 

April 7, 2022


The Homestead Festival

Held on Rory Feek’s historic farm outside Columbia, TN, this festival connects the art of homesteading with musical performances for an all-in-one weekend of inspiration and entertainment.  
Clare Nugent, owner and founder of Ferntop, is pleased to join the Homestead Festival lineup, as she unfolds the story of Ferntop through stories and songs.

June 3 & 4, 2022


Patterns of Play Camp (for adults)

Come and join author, designer and lecturer Dr. Sandra Duncan and Naturalist/Teacher Clare Nugent for  PATTERNS OF PLAY CAMP. Our days will be a delightful combination of talks and experiences surrounded by the inspiring spaces of Ferntop Nature School. Participants will engage in these nature based experiences using three new pedagogical practices designed especially for fostering children’s mental models or schemas.

July 22-23, 2022


Summer Camp

Camp Sessions - 

  • The Big Farm Adventure - June 20-23

  • The Big Creek Adventure I - June 27-30

  • The Big Art Adventure - July 5-8

  • The Big Creek Adventure II - July 11-14

  • The Big Garden Adventure - July 18 -21

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