Balance school and screen time with nature time!

Children gain skills and knowledge including survival skills, whittling and bow making, fire kits, local plants, ecosystems and natural history, local watersheds and food sources and processing. We also emphasize compassionate communication, problem solving, group challenges and independent thinking. Self reliance and leadership skills are a natural result of nature connection. Above all we provide inspiring spaces to decompress, reflect, run, climb, dig, laugh, yell and play in nature! In nature, less is more.

OJAI – After School Adventures    (Hawks & Raccoons)

Boys and girls all benefit from authentic wilderness experiences and skills, friendships, interesting challenges, leadership opportunities, a sense of place and connection to the natural world. Lots of fun is had by all as we engage in the learning process through scientific investigations, artistic creations and stewardship projects. From making and using a bow and arrow to discovering the local edible and poisonous plants, kids learn many skills and also have a chance to “go wild”, playing in the water, mud, trees and wild places near our community. Explore local wild places with friends and skilled teachers. Master specific wilderness skill levels and discover your own connection to the natural world.“What an amazing opportunity for my child to be totally happy!”

Program Details

  • Ages 5 – 12 boys and girls

  • Thursdays, March 23 – May 18 (8 classes, no class April 6 due to Spring Break)

  • 3:30 – 5:30
  • Location: Ventura River Preserve, Meiner’s Oaks and other wild places around Ojai
  • Fee: $135
  • Instructors: Sara MacCracken, Jen Savage & Heather King

Please Register At Least One Week Before Program

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Ventura Adventures (Bobcats & Dragonflies)

From making and using a bow and arrow to discovering the local edible and poisonous plants, kids learn many skills and also have a chance to “go wild”, playing in the water, mud, trees and wild places near our community. Explore local wild places with friends and skilled teachers. Master specific wilderness skill levels and discover your own connection to the natural world. Boys and girls all benefit from authentic wilderness experiences and skills, friendships, interesting challenges, leadership opportunities, a sense of place and connection to the natural world. Lots of fun is had by all as we engage in the learning process through scientific investigations, artistic creations and stewardship projects.“Ventura Wild has provided such a fun event for my children. They love Heather and CJ, they love knowing local wild places and they can show me so many things now when we go out as a family!”

Program Details

  • Ages 7 – 9  & 10 – 12

  • Mondays, March 6 – May 1 (8 classes, no class April 3 due to spring break)

  • 3:30 – 5:30

  • Location:
    Mondays, March 6 – May 1: Ventura Locations

  • Fee: $135
  • Instructors: Heather King, Sara MacCracken and tba

 Please Register At Least One Week Before Program

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