Summer Wilderness Discovery Programs

We recommend registering as soon as possible for the best chance of getting the week or weeks that you need. We will send out a welcome email at least 2 weeks before your program with what to bring, where to drop off and more details.

Transportation available to and from Ventura for all programs except Raccoons & Ravens.  

Crows & Caterpillars

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).

Herons & Honeybees

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).

Raccoons & Ravens Family Day-Camp

A camp with your child! For those families that want to experience the local wild places together, this is a special opportunity to join a group of fun families and experienced leaders to share time with your child – and a little time on your own as well! We facilitate activities to share just the two of you, as a whole group, and for the kids while the parents get some time to soak up a little R&R. Children and parents 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. 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 depending on the needs and abilities of the group. (1/4 – 1 mile)

Bobcats & Butterflies

Each day we visit swimming holes, farms, canyons and beaches to explore, discover, and play. Everyday has a theme including Animal Awareness & Tracking, Creature Communications & Adaptations, Ethnobotany & Ecosystems, Traditional & Wilderness Skills, Wild Foods & Farming. This year kids get to choose certain skills in our Young Naturalist Workbook to work on if they choose – or they can just soak up the connections that come naturally! Once the child achieves all their skills, they will be welcomed on a free overnight camp-out (date to tba).

Lizards & Ladybugs

Each day we visit swimming holes, farms, canyons and beaches to explore, discover, and play. Everyday has a theme including Animal Awareness & Tracking, Creature Communications & Adaptations, Ethnobotany & Ecosystems, Traditional & Wilderness Skills, Wild Foods & Farming. This year kids get to choose certain skills in our Young Naturalist Workbook to work on if they choose – or they can just soak up the connections that come naturally! Once the child achieves all their skills, they will be welcomed on a free overnight camp-out (date tba).

Scholarships are available!

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