What better way to end the day than sinking into the world of nature. Balancing school structure and tech time with nature time provides children a healthy opportunity to release physical and emotional energy, reflect on the day,  and discover a world that provides joy, mystery and connection. From climbing trees and rock hopping to building shelters and following animal tracks, we are engaged every minute. Watching the clouds go by is a lesson we take seriously!

Ventura After School Discovery

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 1 – Nov. 26 Tuesdays

  • Times: 3:30 – 5:30pm

  • Ages: 6 to 8

  • Location: Ventura area wilds
  • Fee: $220
  • Instructor: Camila Guzman

Ojai After School Discovery

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 3 – Dec. 5 Thursdays

  • Times: 3:30 – 5:30pm

  • Ages: 6 to 8

  • Locations: Ojai

  • Fees: $220
  • Instructor: Tessa Womack

Half-Day Wilderness Connections

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 2 – Dec. 4 Wednesdays

  • Times: 2:00 – 4:30pm

  • Ages: 5 – 7

  • Locations: Ojai

  • Fees: $245
  • Instructor: Tessa Womack

Kids with some wilderness experience might choose to participate in this class that builds on their skills and nature connection. They should have done at least one other Ventura Wild program before, so they are ready to jump into more advanced whittling and building projects, more independent options and more fun! We may go farther and we definitely go deeper into play, discovery and connection. Leadership skills are emphasized and can lead to a youth internship with our younger kid programs and even employment!

Intermediate Skills TUESDAY

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 1 – Nov. 26 Tuesdays

  • Times: 3:30 to 6:00pm

  • Ages: 9 to 15

  • Location: Foster Park and other locations

  • Fee: $245
  • Instructor: Trudy Trudeau

Intermediate Skills THURSDAY

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 3 – Dec. 5 Thursdays

  • Times: 3:30 to 6:00pm

  • Ages: 9 to 15

  • Location: Foster Park and other locations

  • Fee: $275
  • Instructor: Heather King

Family Night Hike

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Program Details

  • Dates: Saturday Oct. 12

  • Times: 5:00 – 8:00

  • Location: Piedra Blanca is 30 minutes out of Ojai

  • Fee: $25 per child 2 and up (ages 0 – 1 and parents free)

Watch the sunset and the stars come out. This is a great way to enjoy your family, meet other families, and walk into a magical world in Piedre Blanca of the Sespe Wilderness.

Ventura Wild Instructors will lead students from on-campus Cub Club into the natural world. We will explore the Ojai Meadows Preserve. We create and hold space for kids to be kids! Nature time is an essential balance to school and tech time, shaping happy healthy intelligent humans. From the wetlands, to the eucalyptus groves, and oak-studded hillsides, young explorers will have the opportunity to connect with a diverse ecosystem and enjoy nature’s playground! Our staff are trained professional outdoor educators with years of experience bringing children and nature together through shared games, stories, sensory awareness and exploration activities.

Meiners Oaks Discovery Club MONDAY

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Program Details

  • Dates: Sept. 30 – Nov. 25 Mondays

  • Mondays 12:40-2:15

  • Ages: 4 to 6

  • Location: Ojai Meadow Preserve. Kids will be picked up at Meiners Oaks Elementary School.

  • Fee: $175
  • Instructor: Camila Guzman

Meiners Oaks Nature Club TUESDAY

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 1 – Nov. 26 Tuesdays

  • Time: 2:15 – 4:30

  • Ages: 6 – 8

  • Location: Ojai Meadow Preserve. Kids will be picked up at Meiners Oaks Elementary School.

  • Fee: $200
  • Instructor: Tessa Womack