Live camp via Zoom
Monday July 12th 9:00-10:30am and 2:00-3:30pm 
Friday July 16th 9:00-10:30am and 2:00-3:30pm 
Monday July 19th 9:00-10:30am and 2:00-3:30pm
Friday July 23rd 9:00-10:30am and 2:00-3:30pm

Optional check-in Wednesday July 14th via phone or zoom


This is a family-friendly camp. All ages including parents are welcome to join in.


Price: $200 per family

Camp Information

Join instructor Raz Allen for a 2-week nature connection intensive for all ages. The camp consists of a morning and afternoon circle on Monday and Friday via Zoom, with optional Wednesday office hours in our virtual classroom. Contents will be free-standing if you prefer not to participate in the online portion of the course. Instructor phone calls will also be a way to complete the course and receive support without going online.

Your family will be mentored over the course of the week to create a completely personalized natural history guide to the environment around your home. You will also make your own gourd bowls and receive a fire by friction set.

The Natural History Journal project will include:

  • structured observation of insects, trees and birds
  • guided research
  • arts and crafts
  • an opportunity to share your completed Natural History Journal with the group 

This camp will include learning to make fire as our ancestors did, by rubbing sticks together. You will receive a hand drill kit, instruction, feedback and a suggested practice schedule, as well as community support and encouragement in our Zoom classroom (if you choose to participate with us there). If you are able to create a coal with your fire kit by the end of the last class session, you will be inducted into the Coal Circle! 

Also provided will be a set of gourds. We will teach you how to make your own gourd bowls to eat your meal at a closing campout at your home on Friday, July 16th. Maybe you will even be sitting around the fire you make.

This camp will provide you with the experience of a nature retreat from the comfort of your own home. The online sessions and stand alone instruction allow you to progress at your own pace and experience level. Build your nature skills no matter where you live- in the city, the suburbs or in a rural area.

Every family will receive a Zoom link and the following amazing D.I.Y. kits with instructions (mailed to your home or picked up) prior to the start of camp.

Fire by Friction Hand Drill Set

*1 set per family

  • Mule fat spindle
  • Mule fat fire board
  • Instructions

DIY Gourd Bowl Set

*1 set per family

  • Gourds (Kit includes 4 gourds)
  • Sandpaper
  • Saw (optional for an additional fee)
  • Instructions
  • You provide your own masks/bandanas, spoons or scrapers

Natural History Journal 

*1 journal per family

  • One blank notebook to create your Natural History Journal. Prompts and practice pages will be provided.
  • Coloring and writing utensils are not included

For questions, please email [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.

The deadline to apply for all scholarships is 30 days prior to date of class.

About the Instructor

Raz Allen teaches Forest Kindergarten and Homeschool Field Class at Earthroots Field School. She fell in love with Earthroots programs when her then 8-year-old joined a wilderness survival class. Starting first as a class participant, to volunteer and now as a staff member. She loves sharing her love of nature-connection and the traditions of the local Native peoples that were the first stewards and wisdom of Orange County.