In Forest Kindergarten, nature is the teacher. Earthroots instructors are skilled mentors who guide children into deep, meaningful, outdoor play, while providing hands-on, inquiry based explorations in nature.

This summer version of Forest Kindergarten will have the same components of our regular Forest Kindergarten program.

Children ages 3-6 are invited to play and explore in the unspoiled beauty of Big Oak Canyon,  a 39-acre property located on shared ancestral lands of the Juañeno Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation and neighboring Tongva/Gabrieleño and Payómkawichum/Luiseño tribes in Silverado Canyon. This land includes 200+ year old oak trees, diverse native flora, flowing creeks and ample intact ecosystems, for children to observe and explore. 

Children will develop their sensory awareness as they listen to bird calls, compare plant features, squish in mud, or splash in the creek. Songs, stories, games, and activities will connect to seasonal observations and local ecosystems. 
Our hope is that participation in this program will foster a life-long love of the natural world!

Camp Details

Who: Children ages 3-6 attending with a parent or guardian
*Siblings under the age of 2 may accompany the parent and the paid participant free of charge.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays June 4, 6, 11, 13, 9:00-1:00pm
Where: Big Oak Canyon (Silverado Canyon)
Price: $238 for 4 days

*Siblings who are within the age range of the class (3-6 years old) must be registered as a regular participant. Siblings outside the age range of class (age 2 or older than 6) are called ACORNS. We invite ACORNS to attend with their parents. There is a $30 fee per day for siblings ages 2 years old or older than 6. There is no additional charge for children younger than 2 years old. Payment for ACORNS must be received at least one week prior to the date of class.

What to bring

  • Water in reusable water bottle
  • Piece of diced fruit for shared snack (preferably organic)
  • Personal snacks and a lunch
  • Backpack
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Sunscreen and a sunhat

Scholarships Available

Earthroots is committed to creating nature connection opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) participants and families in need. 

Meet the Instructors


Angela Capps

Angela Capps loves nurturing and encouraging children’s natural imaginations. As an Earthroots teacher and theatre instructor, Angela appreciates that nature connection is essential for the soul.

After studying theatre and improv at South Coast Repertory and Improv Olympic, she received her early childhood education teaching certificate and began teaching preschool music and children’s theatre. 

 A homeschooling mom of two from Mission Viejo, she developed her fascination with nature as a young child camping with her family in remote locations.  At Earthroots, Angela enjoys combining her love for the creative arts with the beauty of the outdoors. She believes that when spending more time in nature, children (and adults)  have the opportunity to slow down, find more joy and realize that nature is for everyone!

Macy Pilkington

Macy Pilkington is all about empowering children to trust themselves, to trust each other, and to trust that the world is beautiful and safe. This southern California native grew up in the shadow of Saddleback Mountain. As soon as she could drive, the canyons became her sanctuary. Her search for nature led her to spend countless nights under the stars in Holy Jim Canyon, hiking the trails around Blackstar, and admiring the rural charm of Modjeska and Silverado canyons.

Deepening her skills in youth education, outreach, and empowerment on a permaculture farm in Hawaii, Macy had the opportunity to become focused on her personal objective of finding new and inventive ways to help steward our beautiful planet. At Earthroots Macy is excited to use her experience and love of nature to inspire families to relax into the world around them, to deepen their skills of observation, and to never stop asking questions.  She believes that the best way to heal our planet is to empower children with love and nurturing for themselves and the ground beneath their feet.