Learning should be dynamic and experiential…

…and our best teacher in almost every subject continues to be nature’s complex systems, cycles and diversity.

Programs will include exploration and free play with space for  skills including but not limited to: Bow making, whittling, fire kits, cordage and other plant uses, foraging for edible plants, flute and whistle making and shelter building. Time is spent exploring nature to build connections through sensory awareness games, stories, songs and discovering the natural wonders of the moment:  Bugs, water, mud, trees, rocks, sticks, wind, sun, flowers and holes and so so much more to inspire a curiosity and wonder in the world!

All students gain critical thinking and learning skills through “place based learning” in local ecosystems and through independent and group experiences.  Every day we explore wild places around our communities and gain sensory awareness, knowledge, skills and compassion. Our instructors are skilled naturalists, educators and mentors.

Herons Home School Program (Ages 6-11) Once a week

Students discover the challenge and inspiration of learning from life through awareness, investigation and playful explorations. Edible and poisonous plants, camping and wilderness survival skills, basic bird language and animal tracks, primitive tools, foraging and field science methods. Every day we explore wild places around our communities and gain awareness, self reliance and social skills. Our instructors are skilled naturalists, educators and mentors.

Program Details

  • Dates: Fridays, Oct. 6 – Dec. 15 no classes 10/27, 11/10, 11/24 (8 weeks)
  • Times: 12:30am – 3:30pm
  • Ages 6-11
  • Location: Foster Park
  • Fee: $228
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Hawks Home School Wilderness Skills (Ages 11 – 14) Once a Month

Sign up for whole series or an individual class! This new home school program will focus on a high degree of skill & knowledge development and a deeper pursuit of student’s interests and questions. Students will choose projects and a theme of exploration. Themes might include the natural sciences, conservation, wilderness survival and traditional skills. This class offers a series of explorations and projects created by the individuals, with an emphasis on leadership and communication skills. Our instructors are skilled naturalists, educators and mentors.

Program Details

  • Dates: Monday, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 18, Jan. 22, Feb. 12, Mar. 19

  • Times: 9:30am – 2:30pm
  • Ages: 11 – 14
  • Location: Ojai based
  • Fee: $285 for whole series, or $49 per class. To register for an individual class, email at hking68@gmail.com
Click here to register (only for whole series) To register for a single class, email hking68@gmail.com