“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, 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.
*Masks are optional for this class.
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: Tuesdays 9 am – 2 pm
Class meets from September 21 – June 11 (32 weeks) with the following breaks: Thanksgiving break 11/22-11/26 (1 week), Winter Holiday Break 12/20-1/7 (3 weeks) , Spring Break 3/21-4/1 (2 weeks).
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.
Please see our Covid-19 Policy for current protocols.
Siblings outside the age range of class are welcome to attend with their parents. There is a $20 fee per day for siblings ages 2-5 or older than 15. Payment for siblings outside the age range of class must be received at least one week prior to the date of class. Siblings who are within the age range of class must be registered as a regular participant or drop-in (6-14 years old).
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 2022 Pricing
Private Payment Rate
Spring 2022 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
Spring 2022 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]
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.