Fall 2020 programs are running virtually with online and home-based activities.
For Spring 2021, we are planning to have in-person and online programs with home-based activities. Please email [email protected] to be put on the interest list.
“My son has an ever-surprising growing knowledge of our world and its co-inhabitants. Wonderful educational value.”Homeschool Parent, Spring 2018
“Earthroots has done a FABULOUS job in this transition! We hope some online classes continue in the fall for those who are interested.”Homeschool Parent, Spring 2020
Please check back for start date information.
Classes for Fall 2020 (virtual) – Spring 2021 (in-person) will be held on Wednesdays.
Earthroots in-person Homeschool Field Classes meet for 5 hours 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, fishing, 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.
The program locations and schedule are designed to showcase the beauty of Orange County and unique seasonal discoveries of our region. 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.
Throughout the semester and over the course of many semesters, our participants develop strong bonds with each other and grow into a wonderful community. Participants learn how to help one another, model care and kindness for each other and the world around us, as well as build deep friendships that continue outside of our class time.
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.
Spring semester (in-person) tentatively runs January through May (16 classes).
We recommend parents read Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young to get an inside glimpse of Earthroots mentoring philosophies.
Children ages 6-14 years old.
We strive to maintain a ratio of no more than 7 students: 1 Earthroots Mentor
WHERE: Various wilderness, beach, and organic farm locations in Orange and occasionally Riverside County
WHEN: 9 am – 2 pm, field class is 5 hours
HOW: Send a deposit of $250 to hold your spot or full payment with completed enrollment form (per family) and completed medical and release forms (per person).
- Register by mail Send check and one Enrollment Form per family and one Medical Release Form per person to Earthroots PO Box 504 Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
- Register online Select the button at the bottom of this page to complete the registration form online and mail a hard copy or email scanned copy of medical release form. Please bring hard copies of the Medical Release forms to the class.
- Register by email Send payment via Paypal to [email protected] Scan and email Enrollment Form & Medical Release Forms to [email protected]. Please bring hard copies to 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.
SPRING 2020 PRICING
One semester tuition for one day per week (cash or check) is $1200 per child/$1125 per sibling.
To hold your child’s space in a class, please send a Deposit of $250 at the time of enrollment. The remainder of the total class tuition fees due will be paid by the first day of the semester or when agreed upon, in monthly installments starting the first month of the semester. By enrolling as a semester participant, you receive a discounted price because you are committing to the program. In doing so, you agree to pay for each class offered in that semester; you are responsible to pay for all 16 classes. Make the most out of your Earthroots experience, come to class! Please inquire about monthly installment rates.
If you prefer to pick and choose the classes you will be attending, you will need to pay the higher “Drop In” rate.
Charter School Rates
$1280 per child/$1216 per sibling per semester
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders
Inquiries welcome at [email protected]
Drop-In Policy $80 per child per class
Drop-in classes are available for you to attend on an occasional basis, based on space available, however, we do ask that your child plan to attend for a complete topic session (usually 2-4 consecutive classes) so that your child receives all of the information and instruction needed to most completely benefit from our Earthroots programs. We are happy to share with you the topics and weeks that we have scheduled for each semester. Please contact Staci Hansen at [email protected] for more information.
While we love having younger siblings and parents in attendance in our Homeschool programs, and know that everyone benefits from a day exploring with Earthroots, we have a need to acknowledge our increased expenses and ask for your support. In order to accommodate extra family members while keeping a low student to instructor ratios, Earthroots hires extra instructors, challenging our ability to cover our expenses. We respectfully request that family members attending with the enrolled student help offset this higher expense by making voluntary weekly donations. Suggested weekly donation for additional attendees to the Homeschool program is $10-30 per family. Siblings within the age group of the class (ages 6-14) will be considered Drop-In students and charged as indicated above.
Scholarship applications due two months prior to class start date. To apply for scholarships, please visit our scholarship request page.
To make a deposit or pay the full tuition, click on the registration button below. From there, you can use your PayPal account or debit/credit card. For more information, go to Registration or call the Earthroots office (949)709-5777