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) 

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: Thursdays, April 12 – May 31 (8 weeks)
  • Times: 10:00 – 1:30
  • Ages 6-11
  • Location: Ojai and Ventura various locations
  • Fee: $228
  • Instructor: Sara MacCracken, Amy Davis
Register Now!

Hawks Home School Wilderness Skills (Ages 10 – 14) 

Program Details

These classes allow participants to explore, imagine and also apply knowledge and skills to a variety of project options that engage creativity, problem solving and other wilderness skills. Developing these skills not only through individual interests but also combined efforts and shared accomplishments. From successfully building a group shelter to carving a wooden spoon, kids are engaged and challenged.
  • Dates: Mondays, April 9 – June 4 (no class May 28)

  • Times: 1:00 – 4:00
  • Ages: 10 – 14
  • Location: Ventura and Ojai various locations
  • Fee: $228
  • Instructor: Heather King
Register Now!


March – Shelter making, plant ethnobotany including foraging, medicinal, poisonous, native and non-native, cordage and basic basketry.

Mar.19 – $50

April 16 – Firemaking safety, one match fires, friction fires and survival firemaking.

April 16 – $50