Join us for this 6-part series to learn many of the practices that people have used for thousands of years. Enjoy the beauty of Big Oak Canyon while engaging in fun activities like animal tracking, shelter building, making fire by friction, caring for the Earth and harvesting her abundance with gratitude. Each day will be filled with activities that build a connection to the natural world and to each other. If you are a kid who likes crafts, outdoor games and getting deep into nature, this series is for you.

Ancestral Skills Program

$ 272.00
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Class Description

SHELTER

March 3 (Morning Session), March 24 (Afternoon Session)

Learn one of the most important wilderness survival skills- building shelter out of what you find in nature. 

FIRE & LIGHT

March 17

(morning and afternoon sessions)

Learn ancient techniques of making fire using sticks and how to use a fire outdoors. This class is weather dependent- fire making requires wet weather at Big Oak. If the land is dry, the focus of the class will be sun energy and candle making. 

Note: Class will include fire safety skills.

FOOD

April 7

(morning and afternoon sessions)

Learn how to identify, harvest, and prepare the fresh, green wild plants of springtime. 

TRACKING

April 21

(morning and afternoon sessions)

See the world through the eyes of the animals by reading their stories, tracks, and signs on the land. Get a hands on experience exploring wild animal skins and nature artifacts.  

NATURAL FIBERS

May 5

(morning and afternoon sessions)

Learn about natural fibers such as flax, wool, nettle, and yucca. Practice spinning yarn, cordage making, and wool felting. Make a natural necklace to take home. (Optional- Save and bring pet or human hair, 2 inches or longer, to spin into yarn!)

EARTH’S COLORS

May 19

(morning and afternoon sessions)

Learn about natural dyeing techniques, explore Spring’s palette on a wildflower walk, and naturally dye a bandana (provided) to take home. 

Registration details:

Who: Ages 7-14

When:

Morning session:Wednesdays 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, March 3rd through May 19th

Afternoon session: Wednesdays 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, March 17th through May 19th

Where: Big Oak Canyon (location address will be emailed upon enrollment or upon inquiry.)

Masks are required. Social distancing protocol will be followed. Please see our Covid-19 Policy and Procedures for details.

Pricing:

Full series (6 classes): $272

Partial series (choose 3 classes): $139*

Drop-in (choose 1 class): $48*

*Partial series and drop-in classes are based on space available.

Participants may be dropped off, or, due to COVID-19, only one supervising adult may attend with the registered participant. No unregistered children or siblings may attend. Masks and distancing protocols will be adhered to at all times.

With the intention to open more opportunities for leaders of the future from all backgrounds to come together and learn from each other in peace, Earthroots Field School will always have scholarship space in its programs for people of color. 

We’re offering two full BIPOC Scholarships to people of color for this session of Family Day in Nature- Bird Language in addition to our Partial Scholarships for those in need.  

The deadline to apply for all scholarships is Wednesday, February 17th. 
If you have questions, please email us at: 
[email protected]

Ancestral Skills Program

$ 272.00
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

First Last Age Actions
Registration is not complete until payment is received. Our classes fill on a first come first served basis. New 2021 Medical and Release Form must be completed at least one week prior to the first day of class.
Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.
Billing Details

Total $272.00

Instructor Profile

Shane Brown

Tracker, craftsman, educator, and caretaker of Big Oak Canyon property. Shane also teaches ancestral arts, leads volunteer days at Big Oak Canyon, and teaches Spanish Immersion in Nature at Earthroots Field School. He is dedicated to learning and sharing the skills that it takes to be a human living in deep connection to other living things.

Karen Graham

Karen began her adventure with Earthroots in 2013 with her children in the Forest Kindergarten program shortly after moving to Orange County. Karen was a public school teacher for 14 years in Long Beach, and she has a multiple subject teaching credential and a Master of Education in Dual Language Development. Last year, she volunteered at her kids’ elementary school as the Green Team Coordinator where she ran the school garden with students, organized a Waste Free Wednesday program, and conducted student led composting. 

Jody Levine-Wright

Our Founder and Executive Director Jodi is passionate about sharing the earth’s gifts with children, knowing that they will inherit it all. Jodi has been living and teaching experientially-based environmental education professionally since 1999. Her teaching style incorporates outdoor, hands-on activities that awaken a sense of connection and stewardship between children and the natural world. Her community-building skills create the feeling of a small village within Earthroots programs.