DIRT TIME HOMESCHOOL

Ages 6-15 • FAIRFAX & Petaluma

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
    18 Weeks: January 7 - June 3, 2019 (Dates off: Jan 21, Feb 18, April 8, May 27)

  • Where: Fairfax, CA

  • Who: Ages 6-15, split into groups by age

  • Tuition:
    Early Bird Discounted Price: $1314
    After Dec 1st Price: $1400
    Payment plan and scholarships are available.

  • 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
    22 Weeks: January 8 - June 4, 2019 (Off Feb 19, April 9)

  • Where: Tara Firma Farm, Petaluma, CA
    Drive Times: Tara Firma Farms is 13 minutes from Novato / 25 minutes from San Rafael / 35 minutes from Fairfax

  • Who: Ages 6-12, split into groups by age

  • Tuition:
    Early Bird Discounted Price: $1460
    After Dec 1st Price: $1540
    Payment plan and scholarships are available.

  • Want to try a day first? Contact us.

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