Through intentional mentoring, we facilitate and evoke curiosity and creativity, helping students cultivate deep connections to nature, community and self.  Interns & Teen Leaders assist in one or several nature mentoring programs, serving students from 3-18 years old.  Each week, interns reflect and share stories of their experiences, and gain deeper understanding of our mentoring techniques through check - in's with the intern coordinator.  

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Natural Leaders Program

The Natural Leaders program is an opportunity for teens to become mentors to younger students by assisting our lead instructors with our nature programs. Teens can assist with our weekday home school program in Santa Cruz (Tues/Wed), Monterey (Tues), or Huddart Park (Mon/Thurs/Fri). Our homeschool programs run Sept. through May.  Teens may also assist with our summer camp programs.  In addition to assisting weekly, under the guidance of lead nature instructors, teens receive training in the Riekes Center methodology and seasonal enrichment training days in nature led by the NLP coordinator. 

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For More Information Contact Ken Clarkson,