Nature Explorers

Annual Nature Programs for Ages 7-12

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This principle holds that a reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health, well-being, spirit, and survival.
— Richard Louv, The Nature Principle
 

 

Young ones who spend extended periods of time in nature are resilient, confident, skillful, healthy, happy, compassionate, truly helpful, and well on the way to expressing their unique gifts.


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Nature Explorers Info:

Days:            Monday

Date:            Sep 09, 2019 - Jun 01, 2020* 

Time:           9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuition:      $1,740 plus $100 Annual Enrollment Fee

Mentors:    Lily Begler, Scott Marlin

Location:   Various

Ages:            7 - 14 (other ages with mentor approval)

*Annual enrollment is required. Monthly payment plans are available. Outside Now is a vendor with Inspire Homeschool Charter.

 

Mondays

Trekking and tracking and mapping and more…school-age children continue on the path of deep nature connection.

Our Monday Explorers are nomads! They climb trees, meander through meadows, and jump the dunes, as we travel to wide open spaces in beautiful San Luis Obispo county. The youthful longing for adventure so alive in this age group is answered through full-bodied experience of the lessons inherent in nature.  Nature connection mentors draw children into a deeper relationship with the elements, the land, themselves, and each other through skillful questioning and the practice of Core Routines of Nature Connection:

  • Sit Spot and Journaling

  • Singing, Storytelling, and Imagining

  • Sensory Awareness Games and Animal Forms

  • Tracking and Timeless Wanders

  • Bird Language and Mapping

  • Native Edible and Medicinal Plant ID

  • Interactions with the Animal Kingdom

  • Use of Field Guides

  • Wilderness Survival Living and Ancestral Arts

  • Sharing Gratitude

Fresh mud, bugs and birds, sage and willow are waiting just up the trail...


Nature Explorers Info:

Days:          Wednesday

Date:           Sep 04, 2019 - Jun 03, 2020* 

Time:           9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuition:     $2,030 plus $100 Annual Enrollment Fee

Mentors:   Lily Begler, TBD, and Petra Teixeira-Apprentice Mentor

Location:  El Chorro Park, SLO

Ages:           7 - 14 (other ages with mentor approval)

*Annual enrollment is required. Monthly payment plans are available. Outside Now is a vendor with Inspire Homeschool Charter.

 

 

Wednesdays

Growing and gathering and crafting and more...those  a step ahead mentor the next circle of young ones.

Our Wednesday Explorers settle in and come to know one place very well. Together we bring forward the cultural elements of a thriving Village, sometimes weaving the littlest Coyote Pups into our days or stretching forward to learn from teens and elders.  Nature connection mentors guide our return to the wisdom of earth-based cultures as we shape a village center and bring it to life through

  • Singing, Storytelling, and Improvisation

  • Naming, Honoring, and Celebrating

  • Growing Food and Feasting

  • Tracking and Mapping to gain Knowledge of Place

  • Being of Service to Community

  • Growing Individual Gifts and Passing these to the Next Generation

  • Crafting and Honing Wilderness Skills

Garden plans, crafts and cooking, tracks and tales are waiting for you around the central fire...

 


Nature Explorers Info:

Days:          Thursday

Date:           Sep 05, 2019 - Jun 03, 2020* 

Time:           9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuition:     $2,030 plus $100 Annual Enrollment Fee

Mentors:   Marcela Ponce and Lily Begler

Location:  El Chorro Park, SLO

Ages:           7 - 14 (other ages with mentor approval)

*Annual enrollment is required. Monthly payment plans are available. Outside Now is a vendor with Inspire Homeschool Charter.

Thursdays

Listening and noticing and tending and more...those who come to know and love a place deeply learn that they belong to the family of all things. They show up to protect and preserve these places for all time for all people.

As more of our young Coyote Pups grew, as children do (and all too soon!), we grew a new day of Nature Explorers for them to step into! On Thursdays, we continue to learn the lessons that live in the hills, creeks, meadows, flora and fauna of our beloved park and the adjacent wild lands. Our place teaches us where to find shelter and what plants to gather to soothe a skinned knee. Our place gives us stories in the tracks the night dwellers leave behind, songs in the wind whistling through holes in rocks, and works of art when the sycamore leaves float over shadows and reflections in Dairy Creek. Here we fill our days by

  • Moving our bodies playing games, dancing, climbing

  • Storytelling, creating rhythms, and singing

  • Adventuring, hiking, playing in the mud

  • Learning the language of the birds, tracking land animals, mapping

  • Gathering food, cooking over a fire, feasting

  • Sharing gratitude, seeking to be peacemakers, tending the wild

  • Learning wilderness skills and ancestral arts, making useful tools and objects

  • Growing our unique gifts, encouraging others, and being of service

Stories of the day, earth arts, wilderness survival skills, and your own nature name are waiting for you around the central fire...