Registration opens April 24 at 3:00.

For registration or cancellation questions, call the Ojai Recreation Department at 805-646-5581 ext. 390.

For other program questions, email director, Heather King at hking68@gmail.com  

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Crows & Caterpillars

Waitlist Only
  • June 18 – 22

  • 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Ages 5 – 7
  • Instructor: Sara MacCracken and 2 Ventura Wild mentors
  • Fee: $250
Children are introduced to wild locations around Ojai and Ventura including swimming holes, farms, beaches and the canyons and mountains of the area. Every day has space for games, exploring, creating, building, climbing, swimming, digging, relaxing and making friends. We introduce safety and skills that provide knowledge for wise choices and an urge to keep learning and experiencing wilderness places. An appreciation for the diversity and interdependence of living things, and sensory explorations that lead to a keen desire to get dirty, get wet and be curious about life! Staff are experienced outdoor leaders, teachers and parents with years of skills and knowledge in bringing kids and nature together through gentle mentoring, ecstatic explorations and creative projects. The days include minimal hiking (¼ – 1.5 miles).

Lizards & Ladybugs

Waitlist Only
  • June 18 – 22

  • 9am – 3pm

  • Ages 8 – 10

  • Instructor: Amy Davis and 2 Ventura Wild mentors

  • Fee: $300
This week we explore the amazing world of water in our ecosystems, discovering the watershed from the mountain source to the ocean outlet and all of the unique habitats and wildlife on this amazing journey. Children will share in the fun of swimming, climbing, digging and building, along with stewardship projects and skills. Staff are all experienced teachers with years of skills and knowledge in bringing kids and nature together through gentle mentoring, ecstatic explorations and creative projects. The days include hiking between ¼ – 3 miles

Coyote Wilderness Camp Adventure

Feel free to call the Director and Lead Instructor about the camp-out portion of this program. hking68@gmail.com, 805-310-1461. There will be a parent info meeting on May 10 6:30pm

Register
  • June 25 – 29

  • Ages 9 – 13

  • 9am – 4pm with overnight camp-out Thursday night

  • Instructor: Heather King and 2 Ventura Wild mentors

  • Fee: $365
Youth that have previous wilderness experience have an opportunity to share a wild adventure with friends and staff mentors. This program expands the hiking between 2 and 4 miles a day, and includes one overnight on Thursday that the group works toward together, gaining trust, confidence and skills through the week.  Youth learn wilderness travel, camping and survival skills, ecological awareness and their own place in nature and in a group. Mostly we have fun exploring, swimming, playing games, telling stories and relaxing in nature. Youth need a backpack capable of holding a lightweight sleeping bag and broken in walking shoes.

Transportation available to and from Ventura – Henry Lyon Park near Ventura Charter School at no extra charge. 

Scholarships are available!

Call the Ojai Rec. Dept. at 805-646-5581 ext.390