EverWild’s Nature Immersion Programming provides meaningful outdoor experiences and deep nature connection for children and communities. Our classes encompass forest-school and place-based learning philosophies, support the development of ecological literacy and 21st century skills, and organically implement the practice of environmental stewardship skills. Utilizing nature as our classroom children engage in experiential, inquiry-based, and hands-on learning as they move through the rhythm of our day during each 5 hour class. Children are supported by qualified mentors for up to 20 hours per week.
We believe in creating opportunities for children to become passionate and innovative life-long learners with the desire to protect, replenish and care for their environment.
Location & Schedule
Our classes are offered at various nature destinations throughout Topanga State Park, Pacific Palisades, and the local canyons, wetlands, and beaches. Our Los Angeles Classes page will provide more detail on the areas in which you can expect our classes to explore.
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, heavy and persistent rain, 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. Online charter schools 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 State Standards. Your child must be enrolled in one of EverWild’s partnered online charter schools to receive this support.
How EverWild Supports The Whole Child
We keep a 5:1 child to mentor ratio to support the development of each individual as they grow at their own pace. Focusing on the development of the Whole Child includes 21st century skills, environmental stewardship skills, place based learning, and project-based learning. We recognize 21st century skills as collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
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. Placing children directly in nature supports their understanding of the local environment and guides them to discover their place within it. As the child grows, the complexity and richness of their environment and knowledge of a particular place expands in breadth and depth. When a child has a meaningful relationship to nature they feel compelled and driven to care for it, protect it, and replenish it. We incorporate environmental conservation and stewardship skills into each class. We have organically led and have been led by the children to clean our streams and estuaries, to pick up trash from the beach and our canyons, and to support nature in the removal of invasive plants and regrowth of native plants. Aside from planned environmental conservation efforts led by our mentors and visiting community experts, children often utilize their autonomy in our program to create environmental projects and practice environmental stewardship skills in each of our classes.
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 naturally occurring events in nature in collaboration with group members and with the support of qualified 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.
Child-directed and mentor-supported projects organically support the practice of academic subjects. To gain a better understanding of what this may look like and to view a few of the projects we have completed in our program please click the button below.
21st Century Skills
Project Based Learning supports the growth of children's 21st Century Skills including: Collaboration and Teamwork, Creativity and Imagination, Critical 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.