Friends Outdoors Reviving Earth Skills Together, also known as FOREST, is Whole Earth Nature School’s teen nature mentorship program. FOREST is a student-driven initiative designed for kids who are dedicated to deepening their nature skills. The goal of FOREST is to build strong self-esteem, deepen student’s nature and survival skills, and nurture their leadership abilities. Our FOREST Understory 9-month immersive nature skills experience is the perfect chance for middle school students to fit nature connection into their busy schedule. One Saturday per month we focus the entire day on a unique skill that builds on the month before. Each session provides students with a take home project to continue working on between meetings. We learn about some of the exciting basics of wilderness self-reliance and create a foundation of skills to continue to build upon, either at home, or in future programs.