Hidden Villa will be closed to the public from June 3 through August 3 for the safety of our camp community.

Insects: Friends with Benefits! – April 22 OR May 13


Insects are our friends, and in spite of their sometimes annoying habits, they are absolutely essential to human life. Benefits to humanity include critical ecosystem services such as pollination, decomposition, and sustenance for vast categories of vertebrate life such as birds and amphibians. In this time of world-wide declines in insect populations, Hidden Villa remains a bastion for hundreds of insect species, and this is the time of year when they approach peak abundance and diversity. We’ll find plenty of both as we roam the farm and forest edges, admiring the sometimes bright colors and awesome adaptations of our local insect community. Feel free to bring along close-focus binoculars, a “bug box” or two and/or a net…but please, no killing jars! Everything we interact with will either be observed in the wild, or released at its home afterwards.


Good to Know

1. Heavy rain cancels, as most class activities take place outdoors. Dress in layers for variable weather.

2. Classes may involve 1-2 miles of gentle walking.

3. Masks are optional unless Santa Clara County enters a high risk level.


All Classes in the Seasonal Cycles Natural History Series are $30/person.

If you are an individual planning to take 4 classes in the series, you can sign-up for the Seasonal Cycles Natural History Series Bundle on the previous page for $100 for any four classes. 

Who Is This For?

Motivated students of nature, of any age. Children 12 and younger need to be accompanied by a registered adult.