“My son has an ever-surprising growing knowledge of our world and its co-inhabitants. Wonderful educational value.”Homeschool Parent
Earthroots in-person Homeschool Field Classes meet once a week at various locations throughout Orange County. Experiences may include: hiking to a natural hot spring to study geology, tide-pooling along the coast, tracking animals, learning about watershed health and the water cycle, rainwater harvesting, native plant identification and uses for making tools and shelter, growing food organically, and cooking in the sun oven and over the fire. We eat what we grow and learn how our individual actions impact the world around us.
Participants connect with the natural world as they tie their rhythms to earth’s cycles. There are no “typical days” as the lessons fluctuate to meet the interest of the students present each day along with the spontaneous discoveries at each location. As an example, finding an octopus at the tide pools or animal tracks on the trail often guide the lessons. The rhythms of a day include morning circle, snack, exploration, lunch, journaling, quiet sit, and closing circle.
Topics for each class will be determined by what is happening on the land seasonally. Examples of seasonal markers include elderberries ripening, yucca flowering, bird migrations, and creek flow.
Throughout the semester and over the course of many semesters, our participants build community through the shared experience of living in relationship with earth’s rhythms. Deep friendships are made as children model care and kindness for each other and beautiful mother nature.
As participants gain experience, knowledge, and care for our earth, they are able to share their outdoor skills and nature awareness with family and friends. Homeschool class graduates are often empowered to successfully lead their loved ones on journeys that were inspired by their time with Earthroots..
Each week we explore themes of Wilderness Awareness, Ecological Gardening, Natural Building, Natural Crafts, and Whole Food Cooking through hands-on, outdoor activities.
Children ages 6-14 years old.
We strive to maintain a ratio of no more than 7 students to 1 Earthroots Mentor.
WHERE: Various wilderness, beach, and organic farm locations in Orange and occasionally Riverside County
*Note: OC Parks, CA State Parks and other locations have parking fees not included in the cost of class.
WHEN: Thursdays, 9 am – 2 pm, Starting September 15th
Classes begin on September 15th.
HOW: Click the Register Now button on this page. A deposit of $250 or full payment is required to hold your spot.
We recommend parents read Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young to get an inside glimpse of Earthroots mentoring philosophies.
Registration information and payment must be received by us at least one week prior to class. Your registration is complete only when we have received payment in our office. Registration is due at least one week in advance of the class. Late registration may be accepted if space is available with an additional fee of $25 up to 2 business days before class.
Please see our Covid-19 Policy for current protocols.
Siblings who are within the age range of class (6-14 years old) must be registered as a regular participant. Siblings outside the age range of class (age 2-5 or older than 14) are welcome to attend with their parents. There is a $20 fee per day for siblings age 2-5 or older than 14. There is no additional charge for children younger than 2. Payment for siblings outside the age range of class must be received at least one week prior to the date of class.
Forms and payment need to be received at least one week prior to class. Your registration is complete only when we have received Payment and Forms in our office. Registration is due at least one week in advance of the class. Late registration may be accepted if space is available with an additional fee of $25 up to 2 business days before class.
Private Payment Rate
Fall 2022 semester (16 classes)
$1296 for first child / $1248 per additional sibling
$2400 for first child/ $2320 per additional sibling.
Please contact [email protected] about monthly installment rates.
Charter School Rates
Fall 2022 semester (16 classes)
$1360 for first child/$1312 per additional sibling
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders.
$85 per child per class
Drop-in classes are available for age-appropriate siblings of children currently enrolled in the class. To schedule a drop-in date please contact Staci Hansen at [email protected]
Earthroots is committed to creating nature connection opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) participants. We are offering two full BIPOC Scholarships for this program.
It is Earthroots Field School’s policy and pleasure to make scholarship space available in its programs for those in need.