The Living Earth School is a nature-based educational organization, started twelve years ago by husband-wife team Kate and Hub Knott.  We are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia in the Charlottesville area.  Our facilities are bordered by Shenandoah National Park, The Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail.  The mountains, forest, fields, creeks, ponds and waterfalls make our classroom perfect for deepening awareness and appreciation for the earth.  Our programs draw from both ancient and modern wisdom to help empower students to become better caretakers, mentors, and leaders. 

In the last few years there has been increasing interest in sustainable living and concern over the growing divide between humans and nature.  We find The Living Earth School as part of a larger national movement to help people reconnect with the natural world, creating meaningful relationships and experiences. Our programs guide people to greater awareness and appreciation of the natural world, helping them live in a more heartfelt and connected way. 

Living Earth School Programs:

Youth Programs
Homeschool Nature studies, summer camps, youth workshops…
Adult Programs
Basketry, survival skills, wild edibles, tracking …

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Summer Camps Virginia
Way of the Scout camp 2011

"LES is the very best of what I want my children to get out of life."

 Robin L.

2014 Special Program:
Nature Homeschool

Start September, 2014

The Red Arrow Boys
& Woodland Girls

Sept 20 - Dec 13, 2014

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The work you do is incredible. It is not just a fun week for our son, but an important part of shaping who he is, and an incredible support for the values and way of being that we care about...

Caroline P.


Family Favorite Award Winner

Thank you camp
families for voting
us a top summer camp
for 5 years straight!

Coyote Mentoring

... Living Earth has been applying Coyote Mentoring in our programs, and we have seen its benefits. We believe it is a major reason why our programs are effective and unique...

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Why Kids Need Nature

...The things we teach at The Living Earth School are known as primary learning- things that can only be learned from direct experience.  We stimulate the senses, discover passion, and wonder and wander our way through the natural world...

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