Experiential Education

Registration for the 2019 school year is now open! Please note our updated registration information.

Schools & Groups

Hidden Villa Environmental Education Programs (HVEEP)
Grades Preschool – 6

Our renowned environmental education programs are dedicated to inspiring a sense of wonder and promoting environmental stewardship through exploration of our natural world. Whether you’re looking for a program to meet NGSS standards or just a place to explore in nature, we have dozens of options to meet your needs.

Registration for Fall/Winter programs is currently open.  To register, click on the “learn more” section of the program you wish to order.  You will be directed to an application form and asked to provide three potential dates for your program.  We will do our best to accommodate your needs and will respond within one to three business days to your request.

Please review our new pricing structure located in the “learn more” section of each program. If you have any questions, contact our registrar at (650) 949-8644 or registrations@hiddenvilla.org.

Youth Development Programs (YD)
Grades 7-12 and beyond

Our Youth Development programs inspire young leaders to become agents of change by encouraging respect, empathy, stewardship, critical-thinking, and community engagement.

Our group programs are an opportunity to engage students in hands-on, experiential learning across our farm and wilderness preserve. Our programs can be combined to create multi-day retreats with overnight accommodations in our youth hostel.

Browse our extensive teacher resources for videos, lesson plans, and more!

    Schools & Groups

  • 75-Minute Farm Tours

    Awaken your senses with our 75-minute, hands-on exploration of our working farm! Farm Tours are for Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st Grade students. Tours start promptly at 9:15am and 11am, and run Tuesdays through Fridays.
    Price: Free
    Duration: 75 minutes
  • EdVenture 1: Farm Discovery

    Students in kindergarten and 1st grade will get a hands-on experience that will enrich their learning and activate their curiosity for both science and environmental literacy. This course meets NGSS standard 1-LS1-1.
    Price: Free
    Duration: 3 Hours
  • EdVenture 2: Nature Play Farm Tour

    Students in kindergarten and 1st grade will have the perfect opportunity to safely explore the creek and trails, appreciate the trees, birds, and squirrels, or investigate the wonders that lie beneath a log.
    Price: Free
    Duration: 3 Hours
  • EdVenture 3: Farm & Wilderness

    Students in Grades 2 - 6 will trek through the wilderness, interact with farm animals, and explore our organic garden...all in a single action-packed day!
    Price: Free
    Duration: 5 Hrs at HV + 2 Hr Class Visit
  • EdVenture 4: NatureWise

    Students in grades 2 - 6 will step into another world for a day! Students will practice being scientists as they learn to answer their own questions about the natural world through observation and simple investigations. This course meets NGSS standards LS1 and LS2-1.
    Price: Free
    Duration: 5 Hrs at HV + 2 Hr Class Visit
  • EdVenture 5: Animals and Food

    Students in grades 2 - 6 will connect with the animals and plants that enrich our daily lives. They spend a full day interacting with farm animals and exploring the organic education garden.
    Price: Free
    Duration: 5+/- Hrs at HV+2 Hr Class Visit
  • EdVentures

    Pick from a choice of 5 curriculums, depending on grade level: Animals and Food, Farm and Wilderness, Farm Discovery, Nature Play Farm Tour, and NatureWise.
    Price: Free
    Duration: Time Varies
  • Youth Development: Cesar Chavez Living History

    Teens in grades 7 through 12 will step back to 1965 when Cesar Chavez organized a group of activists at Hidden Villa to plan the largest strike in California’s history. They will discover the historical events leading up to the Delano Grape Strike and the creation of the United Farm Workers union.
    Price: Free
    Duration: Half day or Full Day
  • Youth Development: Dynamic Web

    Teens in grades 7 through 12 will discover the interconnected community of plants and animals that make their home at Hidden Villa. Engage in hands-on environmental science and explore ecological concepts such as adaptation, diversity, interdependence, and energy cycles.
    Price: Free
    Duration: Half day or Full Day
  • Youth Development: Farm and Wilderness for Teens

    Teens in grades 7 through 12 will go on an interactive journey through our organic farm, garden, and wilderness preserve. Visit our humanely-raised production animals, learn about our sustainable farming practices, and experience the wonders of the forest through nature-based activities.
    Price: Free
    Duration: Half day or Full Day
  • Youth Development: Farm to Fork for Teens

    Teens in grades 7 through 12 will do everything from collecting eggs in the chicken coop to gathering herbs in the Educational Garden as Hidden Villa takes cooking from scratch to new depths. Students investigate and harvest farm fresh ingredients, then prepare a delicious treat to share.
    Price: Free
    Duration: Half day or Full Day
  • Youth Development: High Ropes Challenge

    Teens in grades 7 through 12 will learn self-confidence and create a lasting sense of accomplishment on Hidden Villa’s high ropes course. Participants will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone in a supportive environment by navigating our exciting high ropes elements.
    Price: Free
    Duration: Half day or Full Day
  • Youth Development: Service-Based Learning

    Teens in grades 7 through 12 will contribute to the future of Hidden Villa’s land and legacy with a valuable service learning project. Learn transferable skills, cultivate a sense of stewardship, and positively impact your community. Projects vary depending on seasonal needs.
    Price: Free
    Duration: Half day or Full Day
  • Youth Development: Team-building and Leadership

    Teens in grades 7 through 12 will develop teamwork, trust, cooperation, and communication through a variety of small-group initiatives. From warm-up games to complex team challenges, your group will discover strategies to overcome obstacles and accomplish common goals. This program will strengthen your team’s cohesion and help youth discover their leadership potential.
    Price: Free
    Duration: Half day or Full Day