About NLLC @ CFNS

Camp Fire North Shore is excited to announce our collaboration with the Natural Living and Learning Center (NLLC)! The number of homeschooling families has greatly increased due to the pandemic. These families need support and resources for learning, socializing and building a community. NLLC @ CFNS is here to fill that need. Classes will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. All classes are interactive and experiential. Additionally, we will be offering a Homeschool Connection Club and Play Club for kids who need less structure, for those who do not meet age requirements for structured classes, and for those in need of socialization outside of the home. 

The NLLC will be led by Linda Sessa. Linda is a proud mom of two children. She started working with school age children and within the education field during her preteen years. She has a BA in Elementary Education with a focus on Multiculturalism. After graduating, Linda worked in the Human Service field for a number of years. Eventually she went on to become an award winning HairDresser (her true passion at the time!). Linda’s love for learning led her to attain additional education in the field, and eventually went on to become a Cosmetology Instructor. After operating her own hair and beauty business for more than 25 years, Linda retired. More recently, Linda went back to school to study culinary arts. In addition to her professional studies and background, Linda is also an artist and nature enthusiast. She has worked with individuals of all abilities and has taught many traditional and non-traditional classes. She has been a homeschooling parent for more than 15 years, and has an insatiable curiosity and love for life-long learning along with her children.

Linda has dreamed of opening a learning center for more than 25 years. Her vision is to provide an environment where children and families feel empowered to live their truth. She envisions a community of people who can connect to develop meaningful and impactful relationships, and to strengthen family ties in pursuit of building a better future for our children. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Natural Living and Learning Center at Camp Fire North Shore (NLLC @ CFNS) is to provide a warm and caring space that celebrates diversity and allows children maximum freedom of choice while ensuring their physical and psychological safety. NLLC’s intention is to offer engaging programs and clubs that honor the natural world around us. The Center will provide experiential opportunities and tools for conflict resolution, socializing, problem solving, skill building, learning, discovering, connecting with nature, and evolving. NLLC believes all of these elements are crucial to fostering a fun and diverse environment for children and families to learn and connect with one another.

Registration

NLLC @ CFNS programs start on September 19, 2022

All programs are drop-offs and require pre-registration. Students must be registered via our online registration system, Regpack.

An annual registration fee of $50 will be assessed at the time of registration. Class fees vary - please see the class descriptions below for pricing.  All payments must be made online via Regpack. 

Please register and make a payment here

Fall 2022 Classes

Mondays, 12-1:30- Drama Club, 6-week sessions, September 19-October 24

  • Cost-$150 for series
  • Minimum number of students to run program- 4, Maximum number -15
  • Ages 5 and up
  • With: Jape Payette

Mondays, 12-1:30- Play Club, 6-week sessions, September 19-October 24

  • Cost-$72 for series, drop-in fee (if space available), $15, must register day before
  • Minimum number of children to run program- 4, Maximum number -12
  • All ages welcome
  • With: Linda Sessa

Tuesdays, 9:15-10:15- Beginning Spanish, 6-week session, September 20-October 25

  • Cost- $150 for series
  • Minimum number of students (to run program)-5, Maximum- 12
  • Ages: 7 and up
  • With: Julia Long

Tuesday, 10:30-11:30- Continued Spanish, 6-week session, September 20-October 25

  • Cost- $150 for series
  • Minimum number of students (to run program)-5, Maximum- 12
  • Ages: 11+
  • With: Julia Long

Tuesday, 10:30-11:30- Science Fun! - 6-week session, September 20-October 25

  • Cost: $150 for series
  • Min # students to run-5, max number 12
  • Age range: 5+
  • With: Jess Kane

Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15- Middle School” Life Science- 6-week session, September 20-October 25

  • Cost: $150 for series
  • Min # students to run-5, max number 12
  • Ages 11+
  • With: Jess Kane

Tuesdays, 9:15-1:30- HCC-Homeschool Connection Club, 6 week sessions, September 20-October 25

  • Cost: $240 for 6 series, drop-in fee (if space available), $48/day, must register day before
  • If child is registered for a class, they may join the Homeschool Connection Club before or after their class for $150, must register
  • Min # students 5, max number- 12
  • Age range: 5+, tweens/teens encouraged to join us
  • With: Linda Sessa

Thursdays, 10:30-11:30- Science Fun! - 6-week session, September 22-October 27

  • Cost: $150 for series
  • Min # students to run-5, max number 12
  • Age range: 5+
  • With: Jess Kane

Thursdays, 12:15-1:15- Plant Medicine & Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit6-week session, September 22-October 27

  • Cost: $150 for series
  • Min # students to run-5, max number 12
  • Ages 7+
  • With: Kylee Foote and Iris Weaver
  • Materials fee of $10 due at 1st class

Thursdays, 9:30-1:30- HCC-Homeschool Connection Club, 6-week sessions, September 22-October 27

  • Cost: $240 for 6 series, drop-in fee (if space available), $48/day, must register day before
  • If child is registered for a class, they may join the Homeschool Connection Club before or after their class for $150, must register
  • Min # students 5, max number- 12
  • Age range: 5+, tweens/teens encouraged to join us
  • With: Linda Sessa

Please click here for class descriptions and full details.

Special Events

These events do not require you to have paid a registration fee, however those that have will receive a discounted price. Attendees must register for these events. Space is limited.

October 7th, Friday, 6:30-9:00pm, ages 5+

Children’s Night in-Parent’s Night Out!

$20/child, (paid registration fee)

$30/child, (have not paid registration fee)

We will supply snacks, games, Legos, arts and crafts and entertain your kids while you go out for dinner, a massage or take a nap! Bring a water bottle or drink. Drop-off.

Minimum # of children-4, Max number of children-12

October 21st, Friday, 10-1pm, all ages

Trunk or Treat and After Party!

$15 per car, (paid registration fee)

$20 per car, (have not paid registration fee)

Join us for a fun tradition in a new space! Decorate your trunk, dress up in a fun costume, bring candy or prizes to share and pass out and have fun with friends! Trick or treating will begin at 11:00 so please have your trunk finished by then. There will be prizes for Voter’s Choice, Most Creative Trunk, etc.…. After T or T, there will be time for trading and eating. We will supply snacks but feel free to bring your lunch. We will also have access to play gaga ball, have a picnic or run around. Please label if food is gluten/dairy free and/or vegan. We ask that parents/children assist in set-up and cleanup of the event. A volunteer list will be created.

November 12th, Saturday, 7-10pm, ages 9+

Fall Dance Party!

$12/child, (paid registration fee)

$16/child, (have not paid registration fee)

Let’s Dance! Join us for a fun night of music, snacks, dancing and fun! This is a drop-off event.

Minimum # of children-6, Max number of children-24

December 16th, Friday, 6:30-9pm, ages 5+

Children’s Night in-Parent’s Night Out!

$20/child, (paid registration fee)

$30/child, (have not paid registration fee)

Need to get some shopping done? We will supply snacks, games, Legos, arts and crafts and entertain your kids while you do your own thing.  Bring a water bottle or drink. Drop-off.

Minimum # of children-4, Max number of children-12

SPECIAL DATES

Orientation, September 13, Tuesday, 7-8 pm, 2 Cain Road, Salem, Ma

First day of programs, September 19, Monday, 9:15

Indigenous Peoples Day, October 10th, Drama Club will be held

Make-up week, October 31- November 5

Session 2 begins, November 7th, Monday, 9:15

No Programs, HCC switched to Friday, November 24th, Thursday

HCC Switched, November 25th, Friday

Make-up week, December 19-24

Other programs and events may be added as the year goes on so be sure to check our page often. We are hoping to add Seasonal Foraging and Mushroom Hunting. Please let us know if these are classes that you and/or your family would be interested in.

Please consider adding $5 or more to your total to help build our financial assistance fund.  Help other kids take classes by donating. 

Please let us know what you would like to see at NLLC @ CFNS! Ideas, feedback and questions can be directed to Linda Sessa lsessa@campfirenorthshore.org

NLLC Wish List

We need your help! This is a pilot program, and as such there are many things we will need as we move forward to develop the programming. Whether you would like to volunteer time, donate goods/tools/equipment, money, or services, we would love to hear from you. Please see our wish list here. If you are interested please contact Linda at lsessa@campfirenorthshore.org

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