We do have scholarships! To provide nature connection for diverse populations, we want to make our programs available to ALL children, regardless of ability to pay. We would like to assist as many families as possible with a small scholarship fund, so please consider the value of children in nature, and how much you can contribute to your child’s experience. Thanks!
DONATIONS: If you believe time in nature is one of the best gifts we can give our children and our community for a sustainable future, think about making a donation to our scholarship fund! Click here to find out how – and Thanks!
If the cost seems high to you, we want to offer some explanation because we know the challenges of paying for all the good things you want for your children.
We offer a sliding scale and scholarships, allowing our community to participate in bridging the equity gap. Families with the ability to pay more help families that are less able. More than grants or endowments or big donations, we think this is a beautiful way for us to work together as a community to solve a systemic and historical problem of inequity and environmental racism. It used to be beautiful places were for the rich, now we know that the planet needs us ALL to love and care for these places.
OUR COSTS: Mostly our amazing staff! We only want the best. Taking other people’s children into nature is not for the meek! We simply can’t cut corners with safety, and we want to build a program where people are valued and compensated for this work. We are professional educators, providing rich and meaningful experiences for children and families, but also modeling leadership, communication and sustainable living practices in the community.
Leaders are trained to gracefully incorporate their professional skills and knowledge with teachable moments, changes in weather, individual social emotional and physical needs in addition to group dynamics, managing all the risks of being outdoors while delivering dynamic and interactive activities and lessons. Not to mention emails to parents, photo albums and waivers and creating new and exciting curriculum while training new staff and reaching into the community to reach ore families. Registrations, scheduling, hiring new staff, volunteer coordination, grant writing, newsletters and on.
Whew! Like any organization, there is lots to do to grow into our potential. The price reflects these lofty goals, and we hope you will work with us to achieve sustainability and hope for a better future.
We hope you experience the extra special care we take with children and parents, and the resulting relationships and memories, let alone the knowledge and awareness instilled about nature, self and others. We are working on it, and welcome your ideas, concerns and support. Thanks for reading this!
Ventura Wild provides a uniquely “wild” experience, and while exploring creeks and canyons doesn’t require much in costly equipment or supplies, it does require a uniquely qualified staff of leaders, and a 4:1 ratio children to staff! This means we can actually spend time with each child and do real adventuring and real mentoring in real wild places with the unknowns of nature a part of the learning and growing experience.