Outdoor School Overview
We are a comprehensive enrichment program designed to ignite a love of learning, complimenting any home-based core curriculum. Trusting the innate drive to learn that exists inside of each child, we provide a learning-rich environment where our trained facilitators explore children's interests while allowing them to invent, create and discover their real-life applications.
We are a unique blend of Montessori, Waldorf and the elementary Forest School and believe educating the whole child is essential. We maintain a maximum of a 5:1 staffing ratio where each facilitator has completed a comprehensive training in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). We provide families with optional, at-home SEL activities to compliment the subtle work we do in our program to nurture kids' innate "inner superpowers", designed to grow confidence and resiliency. Currently offered in the Santa Barbara area.
Welcome Explorers! The crux of our program is our Exploration Stations where children choose their own adventures during two designated learning periods each day. Stations are facilitated by our trained staff and content rotates weekly among the following areas:
Explore the five senses, learn about science in a natural setting, and observe and engage with the plants and animals who live there.
Bring your own book or enjoy our carefully chosen literature that celebrates goodness and virtue. Listen to stories or read on your own.
Reinforce basic operations, counting, time, money, practical algebra and geometry through fun games and interactive play.
Travel around the world with us as we explore a different country each week including geography, languages, culture, cuisines, economics and more!
Learn to use watercolors, chalks, dry paints, crayons, pencils, charcoal and other modalities to create beautiful artistic expressions.
Learn how and why certain foods make you feel your best and others don't. No specific diets suggested, just the basic, universal principles!
Develop basic survival skills to be a nature explorer learning how to use tools, knots, how to build shelter, and identify various nature dangers.
Sing songs, listen to music and learn to recognize and appreciate different elements of music including the emotional connection to song.
Interested in continuing a project from home? Or pursuing a topic of your own? We work with you to facilitate other topics of interests.
Every Day Also Includes:
Social/Emotional Learning (SEL)
Learn to recognize and grow your "inner superpowers" with our fun, game-based integration of positive character development.
Build on hiking skills starting with short walks, and growing to optional longer hikes all while growing self-confidence and tenacity.
Arts & Crafts
Paint, draw, sew, gather, collect and assemble crafts and artwork. Every day includes free expression in the form of various arts and crafts.
Games & Free Play
Run and play and create! Kids always enjoy a healthy helping of free-form fun to move their bodies and learn through play!
But what do you do when it rains?
Read our FAQ's to learn more about our rhythms and practices including how to enroll as a Heartland Charter family.
How It Works
Join us one, two or three days a week for outdoor education in various locations throughout Santa Barbara and Goleta, CA. Our 12-week sessions run in Fall, Winter and Spring from September to June.
Fall Registration is Now Open!
September 8th-December 10th, 2021
Accepting Heartland/Inspire funds!
Wednesdays at the Douglas Preserve
Thursdays at Tucker's Grove
Fridays at Steven's Park
Select any 1 day on Application Form
Additional siblings receive 10% off
Select any 2 days on Application Form
Additional siblings receive 10% off