Ventura Wild Spring 2024 Programs


Spring Registration OPENS Thursday, February 8th!

Registration opens Thursday, February 8th at 9:00 AM. Continue scrolling for registration info and program descriptions.

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How to Register (Spring Session): 

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  • Registration OPENS Thursday, February 8th @ 9:00 AM. Registration CLOSES Sunday, February 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, February 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.

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 SPRING 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 Ojai & Ventura
Coyote Homeschool TUES 9:00 – 1:00 PM 5 – 7 Ojai & Ventura
Big Bear Little Bear TUES 9:30 – 11:30 AM 2 – 4 Ojai & Ventura
Ventura Explorers TUES 3:30 – 5:30 PM 5 – 7 Ventura
Niños y Naturaleza (Bilingual Homeschool) WED 9:00 – 1:00 PM 6 – 10 Ojai & Ventura
Big Bear Little Bear WED 10:00 – 12:00 PM 2 – 4 Ojai & Ventura
Ojai After School WED 3:30 – 5:30 PM 7 – 10 Ojai
Ojai Explorers THURS 3:30 – 5:30 PM 5 – 7 Ojai
Ventura After School THURS 3:30 – 5:30 PM 7 – 10 Ventura
Intermediate Skills SAT 9:30 – 12:30 AM 10 – 13 Various Locations

MONDAY

Age: 7 – 10 yrs

Heron Homeschool

Drop Off
Dates:
Apr. 8 – May 20 (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: 2 – 4 yrs

Big Bear Little Bear

Parent/Guardian + Child
Dates:
Apr. 9 – May. 28 (8 weeks)
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Age: 2 – 4
Max Group Size: 10 participants
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $350
Lead Staff: Sara MacCracken

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TUESDAY

Age: 5 – 7 yrs

Coyote Homeschool

Drop Off
Dates: Apr. 9 – May 28 (8 weeks)
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 9:00 – 1:00 PM
Age: 5 – 7
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $525
Lead Staff: Amy Davis

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TUESDAY

Age: 5 – 7 yrs

Ventura Explorers

Drop Off
Dates: Apr. 9 – May 28 (8 weeks)
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Age: 5 – 7
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ventura
Price: $375
Lead Staff: Melissa Ruiz

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WEDNESDAY

Age: 2 – 4 yrs

Big Bear Little Bear

Parent/Guardian + Child
Dates: Apr. 10 – May 29 (8 weeks)
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 PM
Age: 2 – 4
Max Group Size: 10 participants
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $350
Lead Staff: Gina Gerard

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WEDNESDAY

Age: 6 – 10 yrs

Niños y Naturaleza

Drop Off, Bilingual
Dates: Apr. 10 – May 29 (8 weeks)
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 9:00 – 1:00 PM
Age: 6 – 10
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai & Ventura
Price: $525
Lead Staff: Jenny Jacobs

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WEDNESDAY

Age: 7 – 10 yrs

Ojai After School

Drop Off
Dates: Apr. 10 – May 29 (8 weeks)
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Age: 7 – 10
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai
Price: $375
Lead Staff: David Parziale

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THURSDAY

Age: 5 – 7 yrs

Ojai Explorers

Drop Off
Dates: Apr. 11 – May 30 (8 weeks)
Day: Thursdays
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Age: 5 – 7
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ojai
Price: $375
Lead Staff: Sara MacCracken

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THURSDAY

Age: 7 – 10 yrs

Ventura After School

Drop Off
Dates: Apr. 11 – May 30 (8 weeks)
Day: Thursdays
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Age: 7 – 10
Max Group Size: 12 participants
Location: Ventura
Price: $375
Lead Staff: Melissa Ruiz

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Intermediate Skill Workshops – Registration NOW OPEN


Fire Tending

Age: 10 – 16 yrs

Saturday, Feb. 3rd

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Time: 9:30 – 12:30 PM
Lead Staff: Sarah ‘Trudy’ Trudeau
Age: 10 – 16 yrs old
Location: Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura
Fee: $55 + $10 materials fee

Program Description: Fire is an important tool for survival and a means of bringing people together. Come join Ventura Wild for a workshop focused on the art and responsibility of tending fire. Click here for more information. 

Animal Tracking

Age: 10 – 14 yrs

Saturday, Feb. 17th

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Time: 9:30 – 12:30 PM
Lead Staff: Amy Davis
Age: 10 – 14 yr old
Location: Lake Casitas, Oak View
Fee: $55 + $5 materials fee

Program Description: In this workshop, participants will practice the art of tracking and observation. Come identify tracks and signs left behind by mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians. Click here for more information. 

Medicinal Plants

Age: 10 yrs +

Saturday, Mar. 2nd

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Time: 9:30 – 12:30 PM
Lead Staff: Sara MacCracken
Age: 10 and up
Location: Hayden Preserve, Ventura
Fee: $55 + $10 materials fee

Program Description: Join Ventura Wild to learn about both native and non-native medicinal plants. In this workshop, we will discuss best practices for foraging and learn how to make a tea blend and salve. Click here for more information. 

Hiking & Navigation

Age: 10 – 16 yrs

Saturday, Mar. 17th

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Time: 9:30 – 12:30 PM
Lead Staff: David Parziale
Age: 10 – 16
Location: Pratt Trailhead, Ojai
Fee: $55, NO materials fee

Program Description: Join Ventura Wild to learn about mapping and navigation. This workshop will include a 3 – 4 mile hike, where participants will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice. Click here for more information.