“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Come play with your child in local wilderness spots, learning about how to bring your child into nature with safety and also with a child’s sense of adventure and awareness. Enjoy discovering the little things that are amazing to children and all the learning that happens along the way – for everyone! Developmentally appropriate crafts and skills help develop balance, communication and social skills, motor skills and ignite our natural curiosity and joy of discovery. Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself!

Big Bear Little Bear YOUNGER-Parent/Child

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 1 – Nov. 26, Tuesday

  • Times: 9:00 – 11:00am

  • Ages 2 – 3 (0-1 siblings free)

  • Location: Various local wilderness spots around Ojai and Ventura

  • Instructor: Sara MacCracken

  • Fee: $185

Big Bear Little Bear OLDER - Parent / Child Explorations

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 1 – Nov. 26, Tuesday

  • Times: 9:00 – 11:00am

  • Ages 4 – 5 (0-1 siblings free)

  • Location: Various local wilderness spots around Ojai and Ventura

  • Instructor: Camila Guzman

  • Fee: $185

Children growing into some independence will enjoy this opportunity to join our small 4:1 ratio child to adult groups to explore, play and connect in natural settings. There are so many opportunities for natural learning activities from watching bugs to climbing on logs, walking on rocks to finding walnuts and acorns. We wander into nature discovering all the diversity of experience and then settle into a lovely sense of belonging and joy. Through games, stories, songs and the magical teaching moments presented by nature, your children gain awareness, knowledge and skills that last a lifetime.

Early Childhood Nature Discovery Wednesday

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 2 – Dec. 4 Wednesdays

  • Times: 1:00 – 3:30

  • Ages: 3 – 4

  • Instructors: Sara MacCracken
  • Fee: $235
  • Location: Wild spaces in Ojai and Ventura

Early Childhood Nature Discovery Friday

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Program Details

  • Dates: Oct. 4 – Dec. 6 Friday

  • Time: 9:00 – 11:30am

  • Ages: 4-5
  • Fee: $235
  • Location: Wild spaces around Ojai and Ventura
  • Instructor: Trudy Trudeau