Wild Tenders Youth Program

2020/21 details

COVID-19 UPDATES

These are strange and difficult times! We hope that you and your families are navigating this pandemic as well as you possibly can. Sonoma County is currently under shelter-in-place orders, which Weaving Earth is adhering to. Our previously scheduled Open Houses in April and May are canceled — we will reschedule them as soon as we have clarity on when it is safe to do so.

We are currently planning to run the Wild Tenders 2020/21 youth program! If you are interested in joining and haven’t yet applied, please do so as we already have waiting lists for many of our program options.  

Warmly,
Weaving Earth and the Wild Tenders team

FOr youth ages 3 to 16

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.

The Wild Tenders mentors have participated in advanced training in nature connection and Relational Education as well as child development, with an emphasis on how nature has influenced the development of our neurological systems.  They know about sensory processing, executive functioning (attention, emotional regulation, organization, problem-solving), and how a child’s survival-bias (the call to attend to fight, flight and shut down systems) can run the show when they are stressed. They are also trained to track behavior as an opportunity to help a child develop needed skills and they use creative solutions to support development while offering a child as much sovereignty as possible. Above all, our talented mentors emphasize nature as our fundamental teacher, and through the seasons, natural cycles lead the way.

PROGRAMS AND Pricing

WE OFFER TWO PRICE POINTS 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).

The program is the same regardless of which Tier you select. 
Financial Assistance

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 you can also receive financial support via either of two partnering Charter Schools: Compass Charter and Heartwood Charter.

Donations and scholarships
We have a limited scholarship fund and are looking to develop it further this year and into the future. 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.

THE QUAIL

3 to 6-Year-Olds

Our programs for ages 3-6, who we lovingly call “The Quail,” run from 9AM to 1PM. You can apply for our 1-day program (Fridays), our 2-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays), or both to create a 3-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays). 

PRICING DETAILS

1-DAY PROGRAM

Fridays

TIER A:
$2200

TIER B:
$2300

2-DAY PROGRAM

Mondays/Wednesdays

TIER A:
$3750

TIER B:
$4000

3-DAY PROGRAM

MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS/FRIDAYS

TIER A:
$5500

TIER B:
$5900

THE QUAIL

3 to 6-Year-Olds

Our programs for ages 3-6, who we lovingly call “The Quail,” run from 9AM to 1PM. You can apply for our 1-day program (Fridays), our 2-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays), or both to create a 3-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays). 

PRICING DETAILS

1-DAY PROGRAM

Fridays

TIER A:
$2200

TIER B:
$2300

2-DAY PROGRAM

Mondays/Wednesdays

TIER A:
$3750

TIER B:
$4000

3-DAY PROGRAM

MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS/FRIDAYS

TIER A:
$5500

TIER B:
$5900

THE OTTERS

7 to 12-Year-Olds

Our programs for ages 7-12, who we lovingly call “The Otters,” run from 9AM to 3PM. You can apply for our 1-day program (Fridays), our 2-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays), or both to create a 3-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays).

For the Monday / Wednesday Otters program, we will be holding the groups more distinctly by age groups (7-9 and 10-12). On Mondays, the entire Otter group will have a day together. On Wednesdays, the group will be broken up by age/development. Mondays will feature small group time, but when in small groups, they will be grouped into mixed-age interest circles. We believe this design will support the mixed age groups to continue to learn and grow together, while also supporting the youth to be with similar age groups for varied activities and skill levels on a regular basis.

PRICING DETAILS

1-DAY PROGRAM

Fridays

TIER A:
$3050

TIER B:
$3250

2-DAY PROGRAM

Mondays/Wednesdays

TIER A:
$5400

TIER B:
$5800

3-DAY PROGRAM

MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS/FRIDAYS

TIER A:
$8000

TIER B:
$8600

THE OTTERS

7 to 12-Year-Olds

Our programs for ages 7-12, who we lovingly call “The Otters,” run from 9AM to 3PM. Small groups are broken up by both age and interest groups. You can apply for our 1-day program (Fridays), our 2-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays), or both to create a 3-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays).

For the Monday / Wednesday Otters program, we will be holding the groups more distinctly by age groups (7-9 and 10-12). On Mondays, the entire Otter group will have a day together. On Wednesdays, the group will be broken up by age/development. Mondays will feature small group time, but when in small groups, they will be grouped into mixed-age interest circles. We believe this design will support the mixed age groups to continue to learn and grow together, while also supporting the youth to be with similar age groups for varied activities and skill levels on a regular basis.

PRICING DETAILS

1-DAY PROGRAM

Fridays

TIER A:
$3050

TIER B:
$3250

2-DAY PROGRAM

Mondays/Wednesdays

TIER A:
$5400

TIER B:
$5800

3-DAY PROGRAM

MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS/FRIDAYS

TIER A:
$8000

TIER B:
$8600

THE BOBCATS

13 to 16-Year-Olds

Our programs for ages 13-16, who we lovingly call “The Bobcats,” run from 9AM to 3PM. You can apply for our 1-day program (Fridays), our 2-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays), or both to create a 3-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays). 

PRICING DETAILS

1-DAY PROGRAM

Fridays

TIER A:
$3050

TIER B:
$3250

2-DAY PROGRAM

Mondays/Wednesdays

TIER A:
$5400

TIER B:
$5800

3-DAY PROGRAM

MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS/FRIDAYS

TIER A:
$8000

TIER B:
$8600

THE BOBCATS

13 to 16-Year-Olds

Our programs for ages 13-16, who we lovingly call “The Bobcats,” run from 9AM to 3PM. You can apply for our 1-day program (Fridays), our 2-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays), or both to create a 3-day program (Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays). 

PRICING DETAILS

1-DAY PROGRAM

Fridays

TIER A:
$3050

TIER B:
$3250

2-DAY PROGRAM

Mondays/Wednesdays

TIER A:
$5400

TIER B:
$5800

3-DAY PROGRAM

MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS/FRIDAYS

TIER A:
$8000

TIER B:
$8600

upcoming open houses

We are offering three Open Houses in preparation for the 2020/21 program. If you’re new to Wild Tenders and would like to visit the program site and meet some of the mentors, please RSVP for one of these upcoming dates! You do not need to attend an Open House to apply and be accepted. 

OPEN HOUSE #1

THURSDAY MARCH 12
3:30 – 5:30 PM

OPEN HOUSE #2

thursday april 16
3:30 – 5:30 PM

OPEN HOUSE #3

FRIDAY may 22
3:30 – 5:30 PM

READY TO APPLY?