ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS:
Ventura Wild brings children and families into local wild places as a way to rekindle a deep sense of belonging and connection to the natural world. We strive to provide space for each child’s unique gifts and interests to blossom through shared adventure, skill development and play.
We do a lot of playing. Place based and child centered play that provides endless learning opportunities. We also guide and facilitate intentions and awareness by gently offering stories, games, activities and simply modeling our own curiosity and enthusiasm. The Ventura Wild staff act as mentors, teachers and leaders, shifting with the individual and group needs and interests. It is a truly magical experience for all involved.
The leader to participant ratio is 1:4. This ratio is due to the goal of building connections, and to the wild nature of our program including tree climbing, rock walking, swimming holes, creeks, rivers and the ocean. The group sizes are 8 – 12 children. The lead staff make the program daily plans, coordinate with co leaders, and is the point person on communicating with parents.
Our curriculum is developed specifically for each group, flexible to location, season, weather, staff inspirations and teachable moments that flow from mysteries and natural surprises. We are always amazed at how much children grow as learners and as humans when they are alive in the moment.
2020 Spring Programs
Registration Now Open!
“Encourage your child to have muddy, grassy or sandy feet by the end of each day, that’s the childhood they deserve.” ~Penny Whitehouse
HOME SCHOOL CHARTERS: We are working fast to become vendors for Inspire, Sage Oak, Valley Oak and other local charter schools.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS: Click here to read short descriptions, and see a list of destination options.
STAFF: Click here to read about our staff.
TO REGISTER – CLICK ON THE GREEN WORDS OF THE DESIRED PROGRAM