Learn About the Natural World


Embark on a transformative journey with Nature Rangers Wilderness Programs, where children delve deep into the wonders of the natural world through a rich tapestry of immersive experiences. Here’s a glimpse into the dynamic learning opportunities that await young explorers:

  1. Nature Walks: Our nature walks offer children the chance to venture into the great outdoors and connect with the beauty of the wilderness firsthand. Led by our experienced facilitators, these walks encourage children to observe, listen, and engage with their surroundings, as they discover hidden trails, identify native plants and animals, and learn about the delicate balance of ecosystems.
  2. Arts and Crafts: Creativity knows no bounds in our program’s arts and crafts sessions! Using materials sourced from the natural world, children unleash their imagination and express themselves through a variety of nature-inspired projects. Whether it’s building fairy/gnome homes from twigs, sculpting leaf-ordained bowls from clay, or painting landscapes, every arts & crafts session becomes a celebration of the beauty and diversity of nature.
  3. Hands-On Activities: Our program is all about hands-on learning, with a wide array of interactive activities that encourage children to explore, experiment, and discover. From collecting geological samples to sketching the growing cycle of a tree, every activity is designed to spark curiosity and deepen understanding. Through hands-on exploration, children develop critical thinking skills and gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate workings of the natural world.
  4. Nature Lessons: We creatively incorporate a short lesson into each day, relevant to our surroundings, that covers a range of topics, from ecology and conservation to wildlife biology and environmental science. Through well taught lessons, visual examples, hands-on experiments, and demonstrative games, children gain a deeper understanding of key concepts and principles. These lessons empower them to become informed stewards of the environment, equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on the world around them.
  5. Self-Discovery and Free Play: In addition to structured activities, our program also values the importance of self-discovery and free play in nature. Children are encouraged to explore at their own pace, following their interests and passions as they engage in unstructured play amidst the beauty of the wilderness. Whether it’s building forts in the forest, skipping stones by the creek, or simply lying back and watching the clouds drift by, these moments of free play foster a sense of wonder, creativity, and connection with the natural world.

Tracy is the Founder and CEO of Nature Rangers Wilderness Programs. She is a certified Forest School Teacher, nature enthusiast, homeschool mom, public speaker, and a board-certified holistic nutritionist. She holds certifications in Emotional Development, Elementary Montessori, Wilderness First Aid, Leadership and has a Master's Degree from UC Santa Barbara. She currently lives in Santa Barbara with her family.

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