Weaving Earth’s Wild Tenders youth program is a nine-month nature-based learning journey in which the local ecosystem is the classroom. The woods, creeks, meadows, hills, plants, and animals come magically alive through exploration, interaction, story, and consistent contact through the seasons. This direct experience and meaningful play help our students build their relationship to the land and develop an in-depth, relational knowledge of their ecological home and wild neighbors. We believe this is a foundation for health, well-being, and an ethic of care.
We value curiosity as a guide for growth, and we strive for a cultural environment in which the youth learn to collaborate and support each other. As a part of this cultural environment, we aim to nurture a commitment to equity and socio-ecological justice. Through the seasons, our talented mentors emphasize nature as our fundamental teacher, and the natural cycles lead the way.
Meets Mondays and Wednesdays
Join both cohorts for a Mon, Wed, Fri program
All programs serve 3-6 YEAR OLDS from 9AM to 1PM and 7 AND UP from 9AM to 3PM.
The Wild Tenders teen program is a focused exploration of nature awareness skills, wild-tending, crafting, creativity, and fun. This small cohort will learn from a rotating group of skilled instructors with specialties in tracking, bird language, local ecology, basketry, hide-tanning, animal relationships, storytelling and more. The program is ideally suited for teens who are looking to build bonds with their peers and the local wild landscape, learning from accomplished naturalists and teachers with a deep connection to Sonoma County.
We are offering a 2-tier price point for this program:
TIER A covers basic costs but doesn’t meet all of our organizational expenses (rate of $14/hr).
TIER B covers the costs of running the Wild Tenders program. It is comparable with similar programs in the Bay Area (rate of $15/hr).
We recognize that both of these tiers may still be cost-prohibitive for families. We are committed to making Wild Tenders financially accessible to as many people as we can. At the moment, we offer payment plans and can also provide financial assistance via a partnering charter school. To find out more, please contact Kathleen Lockyer.
We are in the process of developing a scholarship fund to offer additional financial support. If your family can pay beyond Tier B, please consider doing so! Anything contributed above Tier B is regarded as a tax-deductible donation and will be used to support scholarships and Wild Tenders program costs. If you are planning to donate, you can do so at any amount above Tier B.
2- Day Program
TIER A: $3416
TIER B: $3660
TIER C: $3904
TIER D: $4148
1- Day Program
TIER A: $1792
TIER B: $1920
TIER C: $2048
TIER D: $2176
2- Day Program
TIER A: $5124
TIER B: $5490
TIER C: $5856
TIER D: $6218
1- Day Program
TIER A: $2688
TIER B: $2880
TIER C: $3072
TIER D: $3264
Please fill out a separate application for each child you are applying for (no combination applications, please). There is a one-time $30 application processing fee. If you are signing up multiple children, we will only charge you the fee once, not per child/application.
You can fill out a single application and note which programs (1-DAY, 2-DAY or BOTH) you are applying for.