Outdoor In Nature: Outdoor Classes

Nature's Apprentice is an outdoor educational program designed to help young children explore and embrace the natural world. Children enjoy a weekly outdoor adventure which includes nature focused activities such as hiking, games, stories, and art. In addition to our structured activities, we include plenty of time to smell the flowers, feel the moss, and watch the birds. Classes meet weekly, using the local woods, meadows, streams and beaches of Santa Cruz as our outdoor classroom. Nature's Apprentice outdoor classes give kids the opportunity to explore the natural habitats surrounding Santa Cruz. For kids ages 2-5 years http://natureapprentice.com/

Outdoor Science Exploration is a fun-filled educational program with an emphasis on physics, geology, chemistry and biology. This program is available to children during the summer as a summer camp in a different location every day. See Summer Programs.There is also a backpacking trip every summer to the Sierra Nevada. During the school year, Diane Cornell and Irvin Lindsey will challenge your youngsters in their classrooms with special programs to supplement any school curriculum. Call 831-423-5925 for more information.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park Junior Ranger Program at the park, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Call to confirm, 831-338-8860

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations, blacksmithing and ranch baking, specific Saturdays and Sundays, 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1. Call to confirm! 831-426-0505

Wilder Ranch Tour of the Historic Ranch Buildings, Saturdays and Sundays, includes a tour of the 1897 Victorian home, call 831-426-0505

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walk, certain Saturdays at 1:00 pm, a two-hour natural history excursion, bring lunch, water, binoculars, good walking shoes, cancelled in case of rain, 831-426-0505