DIRT TIME HOMESCHOOL

Have you ever noticed how effortless it looks when  you see a master practicing their skill?  Maybe it left you thinking the skill was easy, and you were humbled when you tried it yourself and fumbled awkwardly.  With any new skill we wish to acquire, we must put in the actual "dirt time" (practice) to get it into our bodies.  Our homeschool honors its name by creating time to practice our naturalist skills in a full day spent outdoors, where the mysteries of the natural world spark curiosity.  Our crew of naturalist facilitators and skill specialists use this spark to anchor sharing their knowledge of wilderness skills and local ecology with the kids.  And Dirt Time has a real family feel!  Most participants come back year after year which allows for a deepened sense of community, tradition and place-based knowledge. Dirt Time has been running since 2008, and we look forward to welcoming new additions to our established crew.

Last year was our first year homeschooling, and I found that the best thing I could have done for my girls was to put them into the Dirt Time homeschool program. I feel that the connection they are forming to our Earth far outweighs anything they could be learning in school right now. I am very grateful to Vilda nature mentors for leading [my daughters] in a direction and path that they will someday be able to lead their own children
— Parent of 10 and 13 year old girls

DIRT TIME FOREST (FAIRFAX): MONDAYS

Our original program in its original location. We focus on our core curriculum of wilderness skills and nature awareness at the lakes above Fairfax. A variety of eco tones from redwoods to chaparral and a many year deep naturalist knowledge of the land are perks of this program.

  • When: Mondays, 9:30am - 3:00pm / 17 Weeks: Jan 8 - May 21, 2018 (Dates off: Jan 15, Feb 19, April 19)
  • Where: Fairfax, CA
  • Who: Ages 6-16, split into groups by age
  • Tuition: $1140
    Payment plan and scholarships are available. Sign up for 2 or more dirt time programs and get $100 off - if you plan to sign up for 2 or more dirt time programs, let us know and we'll give you a discount code.
  • Want to try a day first? Contact us.

(Even if registration is closed, signing up mid-session may be possible. Contact us)


DIRT TIME FARM (PETALUMA): TUESDAYS

Dirt time goes to the farm. An ideal landscape, 250 acres of rolling hills and oaks with a swimming pond, creeks, pigs, cows, chickens, vegetable gardens and an archery range. What more could you ask for. We are excited for this one. This day includes our core curriculum plus a focus on farming, homesteading and archery.

Transportation to the farm from San Rafael may be available. Email info@vildanature.org if interested.

  • When: Tuesdays, 9:30am - 3:00pm / 19 Weeks: Jan 9 - May 29, 2017 (Off Feb 20, Apr 10)
  • Where: Tara Firma Farm, Petaluma, CA
  • Who: Ages 6-15, split into groups by age
  • Tuition: $1270
    Payment plan and scholarships are available. Sign up for 2 or more dirt time programs and get $100 off - if you plan to sign up for 2 or more dirt time programs, let us know and we'll give you a discount code.
  • Want to try a day first? Contact us.

(Even if registration is closed, signing up mid-session may be possible. Contact us)