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EdVenture 4: NatureWise


Applications will be processed in the order they are received and we will do our best to accommodate your preferred date(s).  You will receive an invoice and confirmation from us as soon as your order is processed.  

***Please refer to the "cost" section, below, so that you understand the new group pricing system before you place your order.  We no longer require a deposit.  

Step into another world for a day with this wilderness investigation and science exploration. Students will practice being scientists as they learn to answer their own questions about the natural world through observation and simple investigations. Exploring the creek and trails will give students the chance to become immersed in NGSS Life Science 1 and 2 (LS1 and LS2-1) They will compare and contrast plant and animal structures and life cycles including the internal and external structures that function to support survival and growth. They will look for evidence of movement of matter between plants and decomposers while discovering the natural phenomena that allow plants and animals to grow. All of this and the opportunity to feel the joy and wonder of being in nature!

Bringing students to this wilderness program will give them hands-on experiences that you can draw on while teaching back in the classroom. This immersion experience will spark curiosity and help create a deep appreciation for our natural environment.


Kids look at plant parts through microscope

Who Is This For?

NatureWise is for students in grades 2 through 6.

Classroom Visit

As a part of this program, we visit your classroom to help prepare students for their field trip by introducing topics relevant to the farm and garden. The visit is approximately 2 hours and includes an interactive presentation plus science-rich, hands-on learning stations.  

When you receive your confirmation email, you'll see that a Classroom Visit date has been scheduled by Hidden Villa.  If you need to schedule the Classroom Visit for another time, we will work with you to do that.


This program consists of:

A 2-hour preparatory Classroom Visit, scheduled at a mutually agreeable time; and

A visit to Hidden Villa lasting approximately 5 hours on the date you selected. Our typical day is 9am - 2:30pm, however, we can adjust the start time to meet your school and scheduling needs. 


Please note that our fee structure has changed, starting Fall, 2019.  

We no longer charge separately for students and adults.  We now enroll total "participants" in group sizes/units as follows (the cost per unit is $160 for September-February and $176 for March-June).  

If your group size is:             You will be charged for:

Up to 9 people                       1 unit

10-17 people                         2 units

18-26 people                         3 units

27-35 people                         4 units

36-44 people                         5 units

45-53 people                         6 units

54-62 people                         7 units

63-72 people                         8 units

The maximum number of students we can accommodate per program is 64.

Hidden Villa does not mandate a specific student/adult ratio, but strongly suggests limiting it to approximately 8 students to one adult, for the purposes of supervision and support, while also allowing for the most students possible to participate.  Our low adult- to-child ratio provides a safe and well-supervised visit, while optimizing students' educational opportunities.  

The preparatory Classroom Visit is $125 for up to 40 students, and $250 for over 40 students.  

Limited scholarship funds are available for schools with 25%+ of their students eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.  Scholarships are detailed on the registration site.  Scholarship information can be found on the registration site and can only apply to programs conducted September - February.  Funds run out quickly, so sign up early!  


We can accommodate a maximum of 64 students per a time slot. If you need to exceed 64, please contact us at registrations@hiddenvilla.org or (650) 949-8644.

After the opening circle, students will be divided into groups of approximately 8 students.


Hidden Villa is committed to making our EdVenture programs financially accessible to all, as our budget allows.  

If the new unit pricing structure creates barriers to enrollment, please email us at registrations@hiddenvilla.org or call 650-949-9644 to discuss.

How to Apply

To apply, please click on this link or copy it into your browser:  https://forms.gle/pMYaxKsUjf5U8HpU9