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Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Programs:

Farm School by the Sea offers nature-based early childhood education programs for children ages 0-12. Located at Seahorse Stables Equestrian along the Cape Fear coast, students have the unique opportunity to explore and learn about the natural world around them among 12-acres of pastures, pine forests, coastal habitats, and barnyard friends.

Core Values:

  • Nature Connection

  • Play-based Education 

  • Community Building 

  • Place-based Programming

  • Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship

  • Emergent, Inquiry-based and Student-led Learning 

  • Whole-child Development – Physical, Socio-emotional, and Cognitive​



Our curriculum follows seasonal patterns and includes developmentally appropriate lessons in phonics, literacy, math, science and social studies. Farm School’s unique location allows students to gain practical, hands-on experience and develop a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of the land and sea. Skilled educators support the development of the whole child by encouraging students to assess risks, explore questions, and practice environmental stewardship within their Farm School community.

General Information:

Location:  Seahorse Stables -1280 Hill Valley Walk

Dates:  September 16, 2024 - May 23, 2025

          (see our calendar for holidays & teacher workdays)

Daily Options:  Please scroll down for more information on program offerings by age.

Interested in learning more? Contact Us to schedule a farm tour or join us for a trial day!

  • Children entering Farm School must be between the ages of 3-12 and able to toilet independently.

  • Application fees are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable.

  • Application fees are waived for currently enrolled families re-enrolling for the new year.

  • *Enrollment fees hold your child's place on our roster and are non-refundable.

  • Supplies fees are due August 1, 2024.

  • Families enrolling multiple children receive a sibling discount of $150 each year.

  • **Yearly cost must be paid in full on or before August 1, 2024 and does not include application, enrollment, or supplies fees.

  • ***Monthly payments are invoiced for 10 months beginning August 1, 2024, ending May 1, 2025. A processing fee is included for monthly payments. 

Interested in joining us? Please click the link below to register.

We offer school tours and trial days by appointment only.

School tours are free of charge. Trial days are $60 per child.

Click Here for the Enrollment Checklist

NaturePlay Preschool
Ages 3-4

NaturePlay Preschool is a new 3-hour option for parents looking for a play-based outdoor education program for children ages 3-4. NaturePlay includes all the excitement of our Farm School curriculum, but is adapted to suit the unique needs of the preschool child. Lunch Bunch option is available daily. We invite you to register online and join us for a farm tour!

Children must be potty-trained to attend.

2024-25 Enrollment Options:

Ages:  3-4 (age 3 by September 1, 2024)

Days:  2 days/week (Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu)

         3 days/week (Mon/Wed/Fri)

         4 days/week (Mon-Thu)

Times:  9:00am-12:00pm

Lunch Bunch Option:  12:00-1:00pm (additional $15/day)

Farm School
Ages 4-7

Farm School Kindergarten & First Grade aims to develop a bond between children and the natural world by providing them with a landscape to play, explore, and use their senses. Our half-day program combines agricultural literacy with forest school philosophy. This hybrid model enables students to gain experience connecting with nature through lessons learned in our outdoor classroom. As role models and guides, our teachers encourage curiosity, ask questions, inspire children through stories, and embody empathy for all living things.

2024-25 Enrollment Options:

Ages:  4-7 (age 4 by September 1, 2024)

Days:  2 days/week (Tue/Thu)

         3 days/week (Mon/Wed/Fri)

         4 days/week (Mon-Thu)

         5 days/week (Mon-Fri)

Times:  9:00am-1:00pm

Homeschool Enrichment
Ages 6-12

Explore half-day enrichment on Fridays, adding outdoor education to your homeschool curriculum. Many Farm School graduates continue their journey with us, immersing themselves in the wonders of farm and forest life while becoming mentors to younger students in our community. Our homeschool enrichment days align with the weekly themes of Farm School, offering child-led learning, engaging science experiments, nature journaling, and a delightful book club experience.

2024-25 Enrollment Options:

Ages:  6-12 

Days:  Fridays

Times:  9:00am-1:00pm

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