Outdoor Elementary Homeschool Program
California Operations: Santa Barbara
About Our Program
Nature Rangers is a daytime supplemental homeschool program for TK-4th graders designed to awaken and engage their hearts and minds through hands-on nature activities, art projects, nature crafts, scientific discovery, and interest-led exploration.
We are grounded in a spirit of grace and integrity, detached from shifting narratives, and have created a place for kids to learn, have fun and build character. Our days consist of gentle "place-based" nature learning with a 6:1 mixed grade student ratio, where curiosity is the guide to spark interest and further inquiry into an endless supply of topics.
We provide a combination of structured and unstructured activities, balancing facilitated learning, arts & crafts and games with a great deal of child-led discovery and art using nature as a backdrop. We strive to create a warm environment where we speak and educate with love and kindness, while also taking an active role teaching children how to communicate effectively, express their needs, and respect the needs of others.
Welcome Explorers! Exploration Stations are where children learn through hands-on activities during daily activity sessions. We facilitate new content each week covering the following areas over the school year:
Explore the five senses, discover and compare different habitats and ecosystems, and engage with the incredible plants and animals who live there.
Express creativity with different modalities of art including watercolors, acrylics, process art, chalk, oil pastels, colored pencils, nature paint and more.
Develop basic survival skills to be a nature explorer learning how to use tools, knots, how to build shelter, and identify various nature dangers.
Learn the stories and practices and even try making crafts from the Native American cultures from around the Western and Southern United States.
Enjoy nature-based science activities and games. Take advantage of these natural opportunities as we deep dive into our local wilderness.
Use nature as a foundation for arts & crafts creations. Discover how to immerse yourself in the wild to make creative and useful expressions.
Earn Specialist Badges!
Children have the opportunity to become Nature Ranger Specialists by completing tasks and earning badges! Following a short group lesson, kids will be given the option to pursue a set of activities related to the topic, designed to deepen their awareness and familiarity through experience. Different badge opportunities will be available each month.
Now Enrolling for 2023-24 School Year!
Rolling Admissions (Space Permitting)
September 11, 2023 - June 7, 2024
34 Weeks - VIEW CALENDAR
Attend 1, 2, 3 or 4 Days/week*
(*Charter School Approved up to 2 days/week)
Tuition & Payment Plans
Reflects 10% Pay-in-Full Reduction
Prorated rates for joining mid-year
*Heartland approved up to 2 days
But what do you do when it rains?
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