Hidden Villa’s Earth Club for Kids

Description

Our newest science, adventure, and play program builds skills needed to connect with nature on a deep level. The club devotes time to species identification, nature journaling, wildlife observation and tracking, measurement techniques, wild food foraging and other survival skills, and many other ‘hard skills’ needed by every naturalist.
Play and adventure are also important at Earth Club! Naturalist Garth’s catalog of nature games is extensive, and playing these games will add additional skills such as moving silently and with stealth, teamwork, close observation, sensory focus, and more. As for adventure, Hidden Villa’s wild lands beg to be explored, and fresh discoveries may await around any curve of the trail! 
 
Application process: In order to provide the best possible experience for Earth Club participants, it is necessary to limit registration to just 8 students per 4-week session. It is vital that each student really wants to be there to sustain the group’s energy - so, we are asking each potential participant to provide a brief explanation of why they want to participate, such as a written note. If writing presents a barrier for any reason, please contact Naturalist Garth to make alternative arrangements! So long as there is capacity, all serious inquiries will have an excellent chance of success.
 
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and the first 8 students meeting its requirements will be accepted into Earth Club. Previous participants wishing to return do not need to apply again - they may register directly.
 
Applications and/or questions may be directed to [email protected] OR by mail to:
Garth Harwood, Senior Naturalist
℅ Hidden Villa
26870 Moody Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 

Price

$200 for 4, 3-hour club meetings.  Scholarship assistance is available according to need.  Please reach out to [email protected] with inquiries.

Good to Know

Scholarship assistance is available as needed.

Each family that registers a student will be invited to send an adult to take a turn as a chaperone and tag along on at least one club meeting per session. A minimum of one extra adult per meeting will be essential for transparency and safety. Our adventures will also maintain radio contact with office personnel at all times for another layer of safety preparedness. A signup sheet for chaperone duty will be available on the first day of each session. 

There is an application process to ensure all students are excited to take part (see above for details.)

This program runs rain or shine. Students should arrive with a backpack containing snacks, water bottle, a sketchbook or journal, pencils, and a change of clothes in case we get wet (Hidden Villa will provide ponchos.)

Students should leave phones and other electronics at home.

Who Is This For?

Motivated students ages 9-12.

Duration

Classes take place on Saturdays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm for 4 consecutive Saturdays.

When registering, please choose the start date for your desired session and this will include all 4 dates in the series.  Series Dates include:

Session 1: January 21, 28; February 4, 11
Session 2: February 25th, March 4, 11, 18
Session 3: April 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class April 15th for Hidden Villa Event)
Session 4: May 13, 20, 27; June 3rd

 

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