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.

Teen Hawks Homeschool

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  • Dates: Oct. 1 – Dec. 3 (No class Oct. 22, Nov. 12)

  • Days: Mondays

  • Times: 10:30-2:30

  • Ages: 12 – 16 (flexible)

  • Locations: Ojai & Ventura
  • Fee: $225.00
  • Instructor: Heather King
Nature Craft, Primitive Skills, Wilderness Explorations

This class will offer a variety of nature crafts such as ethnobotany, nature art such as plant dying and whittling, primitive skills like friction fire and shelter building, and explorations into our local ecosystems. We will have on-going projects, time to wander and discover, and skill achievement as desired. This is a participant directed class, with lots of room for creativity, experimentation and play. Some material costs may arise depending on the projects.

Heron Homeschool

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  • Dates: Oct. 4 – Dec. 6 (No class Oct. 25, Nov. 22)

  • Days: Thursdays

  • Times: 10:00 – 1:30

  • Ages: 6 to 11

  • Locations: Ojai & Ventura

  • Fees: $247.00
  • Instructors: TBA
Learning can be dynamic and experiential, and our best teacher is nature’s complex systems, cycles and diversity. 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.

Piedre Blanca Family Night Hike

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  • Dates: Oct. 5

  • Day: Friday

  • Times: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

  • Ages: Families

  • Locations: Above Ojai

  • Fees: $25 per child
  • Instructors: Heather King, Sara MacCracken
Join us for a lovely 1.5 mile hike to Piedra Blanca (White Rocks) in the Sespe to watch the sunset and the stars come out. We will sing, tell stories and explore. Maybe a game of night sardines or wolf pack. This is a great way to enjoy your family and meet other families.