“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Child Parent Forest Program with Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center

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Program Details

  • Dates: Fridays, April 13 – June 1 (8 weeks)*

  • Times: 9:15 – 11:15

  • Ages: 22 – 36 months plus older siblings up to age 5

  • Instructors: Heather King & Terra Solecki
  • Fee: $240 for toddlers. $120 for each sibling. Babies 6 months and under are free.
    Pre-Registration required.
  • Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center http://www.nantolbert.org/

(This program is a collaboration with the Nan Tolbert nurturing center and integrates nature time with parenting and parent wellness.)

This is a child centered nature exploration and play group for tots with and without siblings.  This class is a precious experience to share with your children, from building a story nest, floating boats down the creek, scavenger hunts and playing hide and seek.  Children and adults will be introduced to our local wilderness through exploration, guided activities and stories.  Developmentally appropriate skills are all integrated into natural learning experiences based on nature discoveries and the children’s interests.   Come have fun with us in nature!

Big Bear Little Bear Adult & Child

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Program Details

  • Dates: Wednesdays, April 11 – May 30 (8 classes)

  • Times: 9:00am – 11:00am

  • Ages 2 – 3 (0-1 siblings no added cost)

  • Location: Various local wilderness spots around Ojai and Ventura

  • Instructor: Heather King

  • Fee: $133
Child with adult: will be introduced to our local wilderness through exploration, guided activities and stories.  Developmentally appropriate skills are all integrated into natural learning experiences based on nature discoveries and the children’s interests.   Adults participate, observe, and connect while children play.  This class is a precious experience to share with your children, from building a story nest, floating boats down the creek, scavenger hunts and exploring each sense.

Preschool Aged Forest Program (Adult can drop-off or stay)

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Program Details

  • Dates: Tuesdays, April 10 – May 29

  • Time: 9:00am – 12:00 noon

  • Ages: 4-5
  • Fee: $196
  • Location: Various local wilderness spots around Ojai and Ventura
  • Instructor: Sara MacCracken
(Adult can drop-off or stay!)  Our forest program is child-centered, interest-led, and place-based.  With a 3:1 ratio child to staff, children explore local ecosystems, through play and direct, hands-on experiences.   Using inquiry-based teaching styles, we prompt children to ask “why” and foster the development of the child’s own critical thinking skills.  Children spend a large portion of class time engaged in valuable unstructured play. Natural environments inspire more creative play, improve concentration, develop problem solving skills, invite teamwork and cooperation, and improve gross and fine motor skills.