VILDA FIELD BIOLOGY
Ages 9-12 • San Rafael & Petaluma
A homeschool biology class in nature's classroom
We are very excited for this new class that combines the outdoor learning and ecological values of Vilda with a traditional biology class. This is a chance to explore our local environment through a scientific lens with the experienced guidance of Vilda Instructor and biology buff Erin Haugen. We use nature as a laboratory learning from principles of biology and ecology and study the diversity and interactions of plants, animals and microorganisms in their natural environments. We then use our findings as well as current environmental data to design environmental solutions. And true to a Vilda program we approach it through a lens of fun, deep respect for the natural environment and ability to learn from the wisdom of earth based cultures. This is a chance for kids to be a part of using science stories to change the world.
This class may include:
Using 3rd-6th grade biology curriculum in a natural environment
Naturalist knowledge development
Flora and fauna of Marin county
Learning habits of field study and scientific inquiry
Investigating form and function
Growth and development of organisms
Matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems
Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
Natural selection and adaptations
Keeping a field journal of findings
Writing letters of recommendation for the health of the land based on scientific findings
This program meets at a central location and travels to different eco-systems around Marin or Sonoma Counties each week, from oak woodlands, to coastal bluffs and beaches.
PLEASE NOTE: This class is most appropriate for children aged 9-12 who are interested in deepening their naturalist knowledge and can focus on more scientific material. This class will not include as much time for play, games, hiking, social learning, story or wilderness skills as our typical classes. It is more focused than Dirt Time Homeschool and we may be selective in who can enroll in the program as participants will need to follow social and academic expectations in a group setting without struggle. It is intended to help satisfy homeschool biology requirements in an outdoor setting. With all that said, it is also intended to be fun.