Learning should be dynamic and experiential…

…and our best teacher in almost every subject continues to be nature’s complex systems, cycles and diversity.

Programs will include exploration and free play with space for  skills including but not limited to: Bow making, whittling, fire kits, cordage and other plant uses, foraging for edible plants, flute and whistle making and shelter building. Time is spent exploring nature to build connections through sensory awareness games, stories, songs and discovering the natural wonders of the moment:  Bugs, water, mud, trees, rocks, sticks, wind, sun, flowers and holes and so so much more to inspire a curiosity and wonder in the world!

All students gain critical thinking and learning skills through “place based learning” in local ecosystems and through independent and group experiences.  Every day we explore wild places around our communities and gain sensory awareness, knowledge, skills and compassion. Our instructors are skilled naturalists, educators and mentors.

Spring Family Celebration!

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  • Date: Saturday, March 16

  • Times: 11:00 – 3:00

  • Ages: All ages welcome!

  • Locations: Ojai River Preserve
  • Fee: $35 per family
  • Instructor: All Ventura Wild Staff
Everyone is welcome to join in our celebration of our TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY offering nature connection to the children of Ventura County! Come meet the Ventura Wild staff, discover local wild places in the spring, and have some fun with your family and community. You and your children can discover how we bring children into nature connection through creating space to just be a kid, facilitating child centered explorations and sharing skills.

Hawks Homeschool

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  • Dates: Mondays, March 25 – May 20 (No class 4/1)

  • Times: 12:30 – 4:00pm

  • Ages: 10-15

  • Locations: Ojai & Ventura
  • Fee: $240.00
  • Instructor: Tba
Nature Craft, Primitive Skills, Wilderness Explorations

This class will offer a variety of nature crafts such as ethnobotany, nature art such as plant dying and whittling, primitive skills like friction fire and shelter building, and explorations into our local ecosystems. We will have on-going projects, time to wander and discover, and skill achievement as desired. This is a participant directed class, with lots of room for creativity, experimentation and play. Some material costs may arise depending on the projects.

Heron Homeschool

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  • Dates: Thursdays, March 28 – May 23 (No class 4/4)

  • Times: 10:00 – 1:30pm

  • Ages: 6 to 11
  • Locations: Ojai & Ventura

  • Fees: $240.00
  • Instructors: TBA

Students discover the challenge and inspiration of learning from life through awareness, investigation and play. Every week we explore wild places around our communities and gain awareness, knowledge, self reliance and social skills. Our instructors are skilled naturalists, educators and mentors, facilitating group and independent activities with games, stories, songs and the teachable moments provided by nature.

Piedre Blanca Family Night Hike

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  • Date: Saturday, March 2 4:00 – 8:00

  • Times: Saturday, June 1 5:00 – 9:00

  • Ages: All ages welcome

  • Locations: 30 minutes North of Ojai

  • Fees: $25 per child 2 and up (parents and age 0-1 free)
  • Instructors: Heather King, Amy Davis
Join us for a lovely 1.5 mile hike to Piedra Blanca (White Rocks) in the Sespe to watch the sunset and the stars come out. We will sing, tell stories and explore. Maybe a game of night sardines or wolf pack. This is a great way to enjoy your family and meet other families.