Being here always makes me feel grateful for life.

– Growing Oaks Participant


Financial commitment from our families is essential for having a solid ground and nutritious soil so we can grow the best possible programs.  When you pay our actual tuition, Gaia Passages is able to reach more youth and offer more scholarships. We are pleased to offer Early Bird Discounts, Scholarships, and Payment Plans for families in our Gaia Passages community. More information is available on how to apply during registration. Our upcoming deadline for Early Bird Discounts and Scholarship Applications is August 30, 2022.

Actual Cost

This tuition level is what it truly costs to run our programs and keep the organization vital and healthy. Registration at this level supports our collective leadership, cultural thriving initiatives, and ongoing staff training and curriculum development.

Median Tuition

This tuition level covers the majority of program costs and is comparable to other local programs that offer a similar amount and depth of programming.

Subsidized Tuition

This tuition level only covers direct programming costs and does not take into account the operational support required to process payroll, market program offerings, and otherwise run our organization.


We are grateful to be able to provide scholarships to participants. Here is the link to the scholarship application form.

More on why our programs cost what they do

Our goal is to be as transparent with our finances as possible so that we – together – can be the team that supports Gaia Passages to thrive for your child and for many more who need this support into the future. In order for us to bring the depth and scope of programming that we do, from wilderness skills to social emotional skills, from kindergarteners to highschoolers, parent programs, camp trips, summer camps, and more, it takes a lot of behind the scenes scheming and dreaming. This includes curriculum design, staff training, infrastructure management, legal and financial upkeep, parent communication, and so much more. We also value having very low staff to student ratios, and offering meetings and gatherings for parents outside of our youth programs to create community and support for families. In order to give our time, expertise, and resources to create something of precious value for your child and family, our staff need to be paid a living wage so that we can stick around to be long term mentors for your youth.