Ginny Yurich

Founder of the movement 1000 Hours Outside


Ginny Yurich is a Michigan homeschooling mother of five and the founder of 1000 Hours Outside, a global movement, media company and lifestyle brand meant to bring back balance between virtual life and real life. She is a thought-leader in the world of nature-based play and its benefits for children, and one of her top priorities is to inspire parents to invest in spending time in God’s creation with their children. Her 1000 Hours Outside Challenge spans the globe and many people from all walks of life look to her for inspiration as well as practical tips on how to put down the screens and get outside. Ginny has a BS in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Michigan, she loves growing zinnias, and she is also an author and illustrator.

Ginny is a published author, including 1000 Hours Outside: Activities to Match Screen Time with Green Time (DK Books, 2022) and her newest book, Until the Streetlights Come On (Baker Books) released in November, 2023. She has also self-published three books: 1000 Hours Outside: Prioritize Nature, Reclaim Childhood, and Experience a Fuller Life (May, 2022), 1000 Hours Outside Activity book (April, 2021), and her children’s book The Little Farmhouse in West Virginia (February, 2019).


Session Titles

1. Preparing Homeschooled Children for an Uncertain Future - Gone are the days when people would choose a career and stick with it for life. Many careers these days last less than three years and the majority of 20-year-olds will have four career changes within that decade. In fact, it is likely that the careers they will have, haven’t even been invented yet. How are we supposed to prepare our homeschooled children for a world that we can’t predict? Learn research-backed ways to ensure your homeschooler is prepared for an uncertain future.

2. Gardenschooling  “All knowledge is rooted in wonder.” - Sharon Lovejoy  - Add wonder to your school year by gardening with kids. Learn how gardening will help your kids learn and will add joy and excitement to your school year. You’ll come away with lots of project ideas and inspiration

3. Entrepreneurship in Your Homeschool  - Learn the steps needed to venture into entrepreneurship in your homeschool and also what the long-term benefits are of trying new things and even of failing! This session will be helpful for student or adult entrepreneurs.

4. Handcrafts - Hands-On Track - This is a hands-on class! You will leave with a few projects in hand. Handcrafts are great for hand-eye coordination as well as for synaptic growth. Learn about the benefits of handcrafts and actually try some! Kids and adults welcome!

5. What About Me? - In this session we delve into the concerns about losing ourselves when we dive into the homeschool life. We cover the misconceptions about the personal drawbacks homeschooling would appear to have in regards to our own personal growth and well-being. Learn how you can be a homeschool mom and thrive beyond your imagination, all at the same time!