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 Skills (Ages 11-14)

These classes allow participants to wander and discover nature, 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 – May 28

  • Times: 1:00 – 4:00
  • Ages: 10 – 14
  • Location: Various locations in Ojai and Ventura
  • Fee: $228
  • Instructor: Heather King

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

Mar.19 – $50
April – Fire Safety, friction fire and fire kits, campfires and survival fires.
April 16 – $50

After School Intermediate Wilderness Skills (Ages 9-14)

  • Dates: Wednesdays April 11 – May 30

  • Times: Wed. 3:30 – 6:00

  • Ages: 9 – 14 (or skill level)

  • Locations: Ventura & Ojai based

  • Fee: $114
  • Instructor: Amy Davis
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.
“What an amazing opportunity for my child to be totally happy!”

Piedre Blanca Night Hike (TBA when area re-opens)

Just 3 miles round trip, but seems like another planet. We will walk out to the rocks, enjoy the stars, some stories and a snack, then walk back together.(Area Still Closed)
  • Dates: Friday, April 20

  • Times: 5:15 Meet at Coffee Connection in Meiner’s Oaks on El Roblar
    6:00 at the Trailhead.

  • Ages: Families welcome, sign up for one spot. Kids ages 9 – 14 without parents.

  • Locations: Piedre Blanca

  • Fee: $42
  • Instructor: Heather King
“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!”