“My son has an ever-surprising growing knowledge of our world and its co-inhabitants. Wonderful educational value.”Homeschool Parent, Spring 2018
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, 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.
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 to 1 Earthroots Mentor
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. These policies will be re-evaluated as state guidelines change.
WHERE: Various wilderness, beach, and organic farm locations in Orange and occasionally Riverside County
WHEN: Wednesdays 9 am – 2 pm, dates TBD
HOW: Send a deposit of $250 or full payment to hold your spot. Payments are refundable for up to 1 week after class dates are announced.
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.
FALL 2021 PRICING
Private Payment Rate
Fall 2021 semester (16 classes):
$1200 per child/$1125 for each additional sibling
Fall and Spring Semesters 2021-2022 (32 classes) paid upfront:
$2200 per child/$2050 for each additional sibling
Please contact [email protected] about monthly installment rates.
Charter School Rates
Fall 2021 semester (16 classes):
$1280 per child/$1215 for each additional sibling
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders
$80 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]
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 and those in need.
We’re offering two full BIPOC Scholarships to Black and Indigenous people for this program, in addition to our Needs-Based Scholarship.