Ventura Wild Fall 2024 Programs


Fall Registration Opens Thursday, August 8th!

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How to Register (Fall Session 1):

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  • Registration OPENS Thursday, August 8th @ 9:00 AM. Registration CLOSES Sunday, August 11th @ 9:00 PM

  • When registration opens, you will register on our Sign-Up Form where you will indicate your first, second, and third choices.

  • After registration closes, we will place participants and send an email to complete your registration on Monday, August 12th by 5PM. Note: Often, participants get into their first or second choice, but there is no guarantee, and you might be placed onto a waitlist.

  • Fall Session 2 Registration will occur at a later date

Why do we conduct our registration this way?

In the past, we have offered registration at a certain time which resulted in a competitive race to get in first, and our programs would sell out in a matter of minutes. This felt inequitable for working families, those registering for the first time, etc. We aim to be as inclusive and equitable as we can be and this is an ever-evolving learning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have suggestions or feedback on how we can make this process even more accessible for everyone. Thank you!

Ventura Wild

Ventura Wild rekindles a deep sense of belonging and connection to wild places by nurturing awareness, knowledge, skills and stewardship in the natural world. We are an education program of Ventura Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our registration fees cover the cost of running the program and that’s it. Our team of highly experienced and skilled outdoor educators are simply here to share the joy and love of nature while tending and protecting our environment.

Click to learn more about our programs and teaching philosophy.

The lands we visit are the traditional and ancestral homeland of the Chumash People.

VENTURA WILD Fall 2024 PROGRAMS DAY TIME AGE LOCATION
Forest Preschool Programs MON – FRI 9:00 – 1:00 PM 3 – 5 West Ventura
Heron Homeschool MON 9:30 – 1:30 PM 7 – 10 Visits Ojai & Ventura locations
Coyote Homeschool TUES 9:15 – 1:15 PM 5 – 7 Visits Ojai & Ventura locations
Ventura Explorers TUES 3:15 – 5:15 PM 5 – 7 Ventura
Ojai After School WED 3:30 – 5:30 PM 8 – 10 Ojai
Niños y Naturaleza (Bilingual Homeschool) WED 9:15 – 1:15 PM 6 – 10 Visits Ojai & Ventura locations
Big Bear Little Bear WED 9:30 – 11:30 PM 2 – 4 Visits Ojai & Ventura locations
Ojai Explorers WED 3:00 – 5:00 PM 5 – 7 Ojai
Stepping Stones (Rite of Passage) THURS 3:15 – 6:00 PM 11 – 13 Visits Ojai & Ventura locations
Ventura After School THURS 3:30 – 5:30 PM 7 – 10 Ventura
Hawks Homeschool FRI 9:30 – 1:30 PM 10 – 12 Visits Ojai & Ventura locations

MONDAY

Age: 7 – 10 yrs

Heron Homeschool

Drop Off
Dates:
Sept. 9th – Oct. 21st (7 weeks)
Day: Mondays
Time: 9:30 – 1:30 PM
Age: 7 – 10
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $475
Lead Staff: Amy Davis

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TUESDAY

Age: 5 – 7 yrs

Coyote Homeschool

Drop Off
Dates: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22 (7 weeks)
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 9:15 – 1:15 PM
Age: 5 – 7
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $475
Lead Staff: Amy Davis

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TUESDAY

Age: 5 – 7 yrs

Ventura Explorers

Drop Off
Dates: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22 (7 weeks)
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Age: 5 – 7
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ventura
Price: $325
Lead Staff: Melissa Ruiz

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TUESDAY

Age: 8 – 10 yrs

Ojai After School

Drop Off
Dates: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22 (7 weeks)
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Age: 8 – 10
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai
Price: $325
Lead Staff: David Parziale

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WEDNESDAY

Age: 2 – 4 yrs

Big Bear Little Bear

Parent/Guardian + Child
Dates: Sept. 11 – Oct. 23rd (7 weeks)
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Age: 2 – 4
Max Group Size: 10 participants
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $325
Lead Staff: Sara MacCracken

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WEDNESDAY

Age: 6 – 10 yrs

Niños y Naturaleza

Drop Off, Bilingual
Dates: Sept. 11 – Oct. 23 (7 weeks)
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 9:15 – 1:15 PM
Age: 6 – 10
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $475
Lead Staff: Jenny Jacobs

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WEDNESDAY

Age: 5 – 7 yrs

Ojai Explorers

Drop Off
Dates: Sept. 11 – Oct. 23 (7 weeks)
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Age: 5 – 7
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai
Price: $325
Lead Staff: David Parziale

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THURSDAY

Age: 7 – 10 yrs

Ventura After School

Drop Off
Dates: Sept. 12 – Oct. 24 (7 weeks)
Day: Thursdays
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Age: 7 – 10
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ventura
Price: $325
Lead Staff: Melissa Ruiz

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THURSDAY

Age: 11 – 13 yrs

Stepping Stones

Drop Off, Girls Rite of Passage
Dates: Sept. 12 – Dec. 5 (7 classes)
Day: Every other Thursday
Time: 3:15 – 6:00 PM
Age: 11 – 13
Max Group Size: 8 female-identifying youth
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $450
Lead Staff: Sara MacCracken & Thrive Wellness

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FRIDAY

Age: 10 – 12 yrs

Hawks Homeschool

Drop Off
Dates:
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20 (7 classes)
Day: Every other Friday
Time: 9:30 – 1:30 PM
Age: 10 – 12
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $475
Lead Staff: Amy Davis

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