Join Our Team

If you believe learning is a thing that comes from natural curiosity through play and life, then you might be interested in natural learning environments. If you so value your own nature connection you can’t help but share that with others, then please contact us. If you are flexible in your availability and have experience with children ages 2 – 15, then you will fit right in! 

Programs include 8 – 12 children and 2 – 3 staff. Summer programs are mid June – mid July 1 week day camps. Fall, Winter and Spring programs are 8 weeks long and are once a week classes for 2 or 3 hours.

We visit different local wilderness lands around Ojai and Ventura. We explore, play games, develop skills and do activities. We practice the art of questioning, 8 shields leadership mode, and non-violent communication. Through primitive skills, sensory awareness and play we strive to rebuild the natural foundation of belonging and confidence that comes from being in relationship to the earth and each other. 

Ventura Wild is totally dependent on the high level of inspiration and dedication in our staff. With a 4:1 ratio children to adult and a group size of 8-12 children, visiting swimming holes and other wild locations with a variety of hazards, group dynamics and lofty goals, the staff are the cornerstone of achieving our mission with each child and family.

Our Policy: It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out the below application form by clicking on it and submitting.
  2. Or email Ventura Wild at
  3. Or call Heather King, program director, at 805-310-1461.

Projects / Needs / Dreams

JOIN US! We have many projects that need your help. You might find something on this list you want to contribute to as a leader, part of a committee, or a funder. Contact us if any of these spark your interest!

  • Spanish Language Programmas de familias
  • Ventura Nature Center and outside space
  • Research demonstrating outcomes and benefits of children in nature
  • Create a map of wild open spaces and wilderness access
  • Provide transportation from schools to after school programs
  • Partner with State and County Parks to offer facilitated programs and stewardship projects
  • Partner with Sierra Club, Patagonia, REI and other organizations to offer meaningful programs and stewardship projects
  • Inter-generational programs: Grandparents with children, Mother daughter, Women girls, Father son, Men and boys…
  • Leadership training for minority groups
  • Collaborations with health providers to offer nature prescriptions from their expertise (family counselors, therapists, pediatrics…)
  • Collaboration with university credentialing programs to offer internships
  • Youth Eco clubs
  • Neighborhood Nature Watch Groups
  • School programs: outdoor education for all children!