EverWild’s Inclusive Nature Immersion Program fosters eco-literacy in all children including children with learning differences by mentoring the development of 21st century skills and emotional intelligence. In a place-based context, children engage in experiential, inquiry-based and hands-on learning to gain a deeper understanding of their connection to nature. Children are supported by qualified mentors and therapists in an outdoor environment.


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Classes

Enrollment for the 19-20 school year opens to currently enrolled families on June 1st and opens to the public on July 1st.

Wild Lions

Wild Lions are provided qualified therapists and mentors who support children with individual learning differences or individualized learning plans, including but not limited to an IEP or a 504. Qualified therapists are provided by Lindsay Henry, EverWild’s Inclusive Nature Immersion Program Coordinator, and founder of LEAD Education in Santa Monica, CA. Please request a tour prior to enrolling.

Mondays & Wednesdays (ages 5-10)

Drop off: 9am - Pick Up: 1pm

Wild Coyotes

Wild Coyotes will be scheduled in locations mindful to that of the EverWild Hawks as many of our families have children in both programs. Please request a tour prior to enrolling.

Ages 5-7

Monday - Thursday (Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for children enrolled in the Preferred Program only)

Drop off: 10am - Pick Up: 3pm

Wild Hawks

Wild Hawks will be scheduled in locations mindful to that of the EverWild Coyotes as many of our families have children in both programs. Please request a tour prior to enrolling.

Ages 8-11

Tuesday & Thursday (Preferred Program Only)

Drop off: 10:30am - Pick Up: 3:30pm


Location & Schedule

Various Nature Destinations throughout Topanga State Park, the local canyons and beaches.

Our schedule is reflected in the class dates found on HiSawyer.

We plan our adventures based on naturally occurring events in nature, tides, weather, and group interests. For these reasons our schedule and locations are subject to change. Any changes made to the schedule will be emailed to families enrolled within 12hrs to the start of the class (changes will not be reflected on the flyer or website). Our classes continue rain or shine but will cancel if there are any weather warnings or lightening/thunder during the hours of our programming.


How Does EverWild Support Homeschoolers?

EverWild is a vendor for various charter schools that give families the opportunity to apply their charter school funds to financially assist with the cost of our programs. Please visit the following button to learn more about these opportunities.

EverWild also partners with online charter schools to provide children and families with the support of a credentialed teacher, curriculum, online subscription packages, and academic support that is in alignment with the CA Core State Standards. Your child must be enrolled in one of EverWild’s partnered online charter schools to receive this support.


How Does EverWild Focus on Developing the Whole Child?

With our high mentor to child ratio EverWild is able to support the development of each individual as they learn and develop at their own pace. Our program values Place-Based Education, Project-Based learning and 21st Century Skills.

I like EverWild because I am learning about myself.
— S. Clark (age 5)

Why does EverWild Value Place-Based Learning?

Before we can ask a child to help the Earth they must first build a relationship with it. Place-based learning immerses children in their immediate environment allowing them to gain an understanding of and discover their place within the world around them. As the child grows, the complexity and richness of their environment and knowledge of a particular place expands in breadth and depth.

Place-Based Education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in reading and other language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts and other subjects across the curriculum.
— David Sobel

Why Does EverWild Value Project-Based Learning?

EverWild plants the seed for each child to participate in project-based learning by supporting the child and their interests. These projects can be one-off projects (projects that are short and typically begin and end in the same day) or they can become long-term projects. Long-term projects begin when a group or a child's interest peaks in a particular subject area and continues to reappear over the course of multiple days. 

Place-based projects provide the opportunity for gaining more knowledge about the natural environment and supports the development of the child's 21st century skills.  Projects are driven by the group's interests and develop in relation to the theme of the month, our location and naturally occurring events in nature in collaboration with group members and mentors.  Mentors support group projects by providing materials and tools and encourage inquiry to guide the group towards the next step in their project. Children collaborate and learn from one another in a mixed age group allowing for real world situations, social interactions and the practice of 21st century skills.

If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.
— David Sobel- Beyond Echophobia

Why Does EverWild Value Developing a Child's 21st Century Skills?

Project Based Learning supports the growth of children's 21st Century Skills including: Collaboration and TeamworkCreativity and ImaginationCritical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills. Children at EverWild direct and manage their own learning while inspiring and learning from one another; experiencing all roles from leader, supporter, expert, apprentice, and friend. Mentors and parents provide support and resources that aid in supporting the child throughout this learning process. 

I have been asked many times, ‘Why mixed ages?’. Of all the research I have done and experiences I have had I can sum it up with this simple example: When two children of a young age pass a ball back and forth, the game is likely to end quickly due to the lack of aim and ability to catch an off-target pass created by both of the young children. When a younger child and an older child pass a ball back and forth, the game is more likely to continue because the younger child is able to receive on-target passes from the older child and the older child is challenged to dive for the off-target passes from the younger child. We are lucky to see this kind of joy and magic happen every day at EverWild.
— Amanda C. EverWild Co-Founder

How does EverWild Incorporate Academic Subjects?

Academic subjects are found organically through child-led and mentor-supported projects. To gain a better understanding of what this may look like please click the button below.