Balance school and screen time with nature time!

Teens gain skills and knowledge including survival skills, whittling and bow making, fire kits, local plants, ecosystems and natural history, local watersheds and food sources and processing. We also emphasize compassionate communication, problem solving, group challenges and independent thinking. Self reliance and leadership skills are a natural result of nature connection. Above all we provide inspiring spaces to decompress, reflect, run, climb, dig, laugh, and yell! In nature, less is more.

Hawks Homeschool Wilderness Skills – once a month (Ages 11-14)

  • Dates: Mondays, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 18, Jan. 22, Feb. 12, Mar. 19 (6 classes)

  • Times: 9:30am – 2:30pm
  • Ages: 11 – 14
  • Location: Ojai based
  • Fee: $285
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“My son loves Ventura Wild. He is excited for every class, and always comes home with a relaxed, happy and very present attitude. I love him as a connected to nature person!”
This new home school program will focus on skill & knowledge development and a deeper pursuit of student’s interests and questions. Students will choose projects from themes of exploration. Themes might include the natural sciences, conservation, wilderness survival and traditional skills. For example, students might choose to explore local edible and useful plants, foraging and processing various species.  Our instructors are skilled naturalists, educators and mentors.

Lizards Intermediate Wilderness Skills (Ages 10-14)

  • Dates: Wednesdays Oct. 4 – Dec. 6 & Dec. 2 (8 classes and a Saturday) no class Oct. 25, Nov. 22

  • Times: Wed. 3:30 – 5:30 m Sat. 10am – 5pm

  • Ages: 10 – 14 (or skill level)

  • Locations: Ventura & Ojai based

  • Fee: $114
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“What an amazing opportunity for my child to be totally happy!”
This new offering will focus on a high degree of skill development and a deeper pursuit of student’s interests and questions. Themes will include the natural sciences, conservation, wilderness survival and traditional skills and other nature discovery based learning. This class offers a series of explorations and projects, and there is also an emphasis on leadership and communication skills. Our instructors are skilled naturalists, educators and mentors.

Piedre Blanca Camp-Out (Ages 10-14)

“Ventura Wild has provided such a fun event for my children. They love Heather and CJ, they love knowing local wild places and they can show me so many things now when we go out as a family!”
  • Dates: Sat. /Sun. Oct. 7-8

  • Times: 3:00 Saturday – 12:00 Sunday

  • Ages: 10 – 14

  • Location: Piedre Blanca above Ojai. Meet at Sarzotti Park and travel in Ojai City van.

  • Fee: $114
  • Instructors: Heather King, Amy Davis, Declan Blassini
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Overnight camp-out on the white rocks above the Sespe River. Just 3 miles round trip, but seems like another planet. We will walk out, enjoy the stars and a campfire. We will provide snacks and a light breakfast, you provide a sleeping bag to sleep under the stars. We will share stories and then wake up to a magical view. Spend time exploring the rocks and local wilderness on our way back. Such a terrific weekend adventure!