day outings for homeschool kids!
Gray Jays meet every other Wednesday: March 31, April 14, April 28, May 12, and May 26. 5 days of camp!
Pine Siskins meet every other Wednesday: April 7, April 21, May 5, and May 19. 4 days of camp!
9am – 3pm
Trumbull Canyon Camp at F.H. Stoltze site
Wild Homeschool is a day nature program for homeschoolers. We meet through the Fall and Spring seasons to connect with our beautiful natural environment, connect with our community of friends and neighbors, and learn about ourselves.
We’ve been running day camps all summer and we’ve learned a lot about best practices regarding COVID-19. We have learned how to keep connecting to the land, each other, and ourselves even as we wear masks to protect each other. We’ve learned to play tag with pool noodles instead of our hands, and to sit far apart but still be together. We’ve learned how to make tippy-tap hand-washing stations and to sanitize hands before and after games, crafts, and meals. We’ve learned that outdoors is safer than indoors, and that we have the skills to stay 100% outdoors, even without tipis or indoor shelters, safely and comfortably! Well, at least until the snow flies.
So this year we are hosting Wild Homeschool again, with the same focus on nature and connection. Our days change with the seasons but we do have some traditions! We always start by giving gratitude to something that makes our lives better, and we often light a campfire to symbolize the warm center of our community. Sometimes we have survival skills challenges, and sometimes we make nature-based crafts. Most days we take some time for storytelling and songs around the campfire. We always take time to explore the little miracles that nature gives us, whether they are a new kind of bug, a beautiful wildflower, delicious wild plants for tea, or tracks in freshly-fallen snow.
We will be operating in 100% open-air environments and will require masks except at specific times, such as meals, when instructors can keep campers safely more than 6 feet apart. We frequently remind campers to social-distance but acknowledge that distancing is very difficult for children when playing together. We also require that if any family members have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test, that no one from that household attends program. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions on COVID-19 safety.
A note for parents of our youngest participants: We enjoy having a broad age range, as it opens up opportunities for peer mentoring, learning about role modeling, and appreciating the gifts that all ages bring to a social group. With 4-year-olds, we invite a parent along for at least the first day, to gauge how ready the child is to be on their own, and how much they may still need a parent with them. We also prefer to have the parent there if the child will need an afternoon nap or a break while the older participants engage in another activity. After that first day, we will make a decision together about whether the child is ready to be in the program independently, or whether is is more appropriate for a parent to attend with the child. Parents are always invited to volunteer with the program! If a 4-year-old participant is not ready to be independent and a parent is not able to attend program on an ongoing basis with the child, we will issue a pro-rated refund.
The true cost per camper of the Gray Jays 5-day session is $340
The true cost per camper of the Pine Siskins 4-day session is $270
This graph shows past years’ Wild Homeschool funding from all sources, brokend down by fees on the right and fundraising on the left. Fundraising comes largely from private donations. Click here to donate and help get more kids into nature!