Homeschool Nature Programs

Our homeschool nature programs are recognized internationally as being at the forefront of the nature connection movement. We utilize core routines of nature awareness and cultural mentoring techniques to connect kids to the land, themselves, and each other. We offer homeschool nature immersion programs for ages 3 to 18.


2019-2020 Registration

See below for Charter School and Scholarship Details

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN. PLEASE CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS YOU’RE INTERESTED IN.

NEST TO FLEDGE (3-5.5 years old) REGISTRATION

NEWTS (5.5-8 years old) REGISTRATION

KESTRELS (9-12 years old) REGISTRATION

TEENS (13-18 years old) REGISTRATION

GENERAL INFORMATION AND FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT ENROLLMENT CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

Charter School Promo Code Instructions:

If you are planning to enroll in the upcoming year using your charter school funds, please register by selecting “pay in full”, add it to your cart, and once in your cart use one of the promo codes below to reduce the total amount to the deposit required:

  • Nest to Fledge Charter School Promo Code: N2FCharter

  • Newts and Kestrels Charter School Promo Code: NKCharter

  • Teens Charter School Promo Code: TeensCharter

(**IMPORTANT** You can only check out one child at a time when using charter and scholarship promo codes for more than one child.)

  • The promo code provided is used simply to receive your deposit and hold your space in the program while we await for your purchase order to come through. Please send us a receipt of your purchase order submission from your ES by September 1, 2019.  Your deposit will hold your spot until then.  We will update your account to reflect any additional monthly payment you will be responsible for above the charter school monthly amount.

Scholarship Promo Code Instructions:

If you are planning to enroll in the upcoming year using your Scholarship funds, please register by selecting the “pay in full” payment method, add it to your cart, and once in your cart use one of the promo codes below to reduce the total amount to the deposit required:

  • Nest to Fledge Scholarship Promo code: N2FSCH

  • Newts and Kestrels Scholarship Promo code: NKSCH

  • Teens Scholarship Promo code: TeensSCH

(**IMPORTANT** You can only check out one child at a time when using charter and scholarship promo codes for more than one child.)

  • After registration, please take the time to fill out our scholarship application, once we receive the registration confirmation, deposit, and your scholarship application, we will hold your spot in the program. Scholarship application must be filled out in addition to registering through Sawyer or you may lose your spot in the program. More info about scholarship requests can be found on the enrollment information sheet.

JOIN THE WAITLIST!

If a space opens up during the middle of the year, please be sure to sign up for our 2019-2020 WAITLIST so that you may be contacted. To do so, please click on the link below:

Waitlist

For Nature Program inquiries, please email nature@riekes.org. 


NEST TO FLEDGE

3-5.5 years old, plus parent. 9 am to 1 pm. Huddart Park (Woodside) Tuesdays. UCSC Arboretum (Santa Cruz) Wednesdays. Pebble Beach (Monterey) Tuesdays. For classes held in Santa Cruz, the program includes membership to the UCSC Arboretum. More information


NEWTS

5.5-8 years olds. 9 am to 3 pm.  Huddart Park Thursdays and Fridays.  UCSC Arboretum Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Pebble Beach (Monterey) Tuesdays. For classes held in Santa Cruz, the program includes membership to the UCSC Arboretum.  More Information


KESTRELS

9-12 years old. 9 am to 3 pm. Huddart Park Thursdays, and Fridays. UCSC Arboretum Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Pebble Beach (Monterey) Tuesdays. For classes held in Santa Cruz, the program includes membership to the UCSC Arboretum.  More Information


TEENS

13-18 years old. 9 am to 3 pm. UCSC Arboretum Wednesdays. Huddart Park Fridays. For classes held in Santa Cruz, the program includes membership to the UCSC Arboretum.. More information


Our curriculum focuses on the core routines of nature awareness, which include

Plant uses (medicinal, edible, and traditional uses)
Storytelling
Music
Hands-on wild crafting and survival skills
Sensory awareness training
The language of the birds

Hazard identification
Experiential games
Journaling
Tracking
Extended wanders
Sit spots (a spot in nature to visit on a regular basis)


Each program meets once per week for 4-6 hours from fall through spring, for a total of 30 weeks. Our programs run Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in 3 locations: Huddart Park (Woodside)  and UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, and Pebble Beach (Monterey). Each day begins with a large group circle where students share appreciation, and it ends with the “story of the day.” We break into small groups (ratio of 8-9 students per instructor) for hands-on skills training and explorations of the landscape. Parents are invited for opening and closing circles and each season for “family days.”  Our teen program includes two 5-day expedition camping trips (transportation included), and one 3-day campout. The KESTREL program includes two, 3 day camping trips, once in the fall and once in the spring.  The Nest to Fledge and
NEWTS programs include one two-day family campout, usually in mid fall
or spring.



Pricing Information

Prices and schedules are subject to change. To see a list of program prices, download the Riekes Price Sheet here.

Financial aid is available for all of our programs. We seek to provide educational opportunities regardless of income. In addition to direct scholarships, we offer work-trade opportunities through our Community Service program. For more information regarding financial aid, please contact us.


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