Mountain Kids! Wildschool Online

“When we, as guides, can provide an atmosphere of sensitive discovery and direct experience, nature is able to change people’s lives spontaneously, in wonderful ways.” ~ Joseph Cornell, Sharing Nature with Children

Your children will embark upon a magical journey of deep sensory engagement, learning the wisdom of the natural world by awakening their innate animal senses through wonder-filled teaching stories, experiential activities and projects. We will follow the circular path of the moon in her many phases as we in turn become rabbit, deer, owl, racoon, dog, tree and river  ~ learning the secrets of each.

Wildschool Online Ages 6-11

Wednesdays, 1-2 pm & Fridays 10-11 am, all MDT

Each day will incorporate sharing, movement, singing, story, animal study, and time for a sit spot or a hands-on activity.

Wednesdays we will also introduce our animal of study for the week, one of our senses through story, and our photo challenge of the week.

Fridays we will include a sharing circle, and time to work together on our animal track books and other activities. An important part of nature mentoring Is the ability to share our direct experiences and observations.  Fridays are an opportunity for the children to show & tell us what they have been observing through their words, drawings, photographs and other findings.

Tuition: $150 for 12 classes over six weeks, $10-15 drop-in, suggested donation 

To reserve your free class email katie@sfmountainkids.com

To make a donation for drop-in classes, please use Paypal: katie@sfmountainkids.com

Wildschool Online Ages 4-6

Wednesdays 11-11:45 am MDT

Each Wednesday will incorporate sharing, movement, singing, story and dress-up!

Tuition: $75 + tax, six-class session, $10-15 drop-in, suggested donation

To reserve your free class email katie@sfmountainkids.com

To make a donation for drop-in classes, please use Paypal:katie@sfmountainkids.com

Supplies Needed:

  • Nature Journal
  • Colored Pencils
  • Access to a phone, tablet or computer
  • Space to move!

Parents will receive weekly, concise resources to aid in supporting their child(ren) to delve more deeply throughout the week.

How does it work?  Your child will need access to a backyard, arroyo, park, even a window or a view from a balcony.  Children should be set-up in a space where they can move around and place their device down to be hands-free. 

If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID or otherwise, please reach out and let me know what you can afford. We would love for all children who are interested to be able to join us.

Winter Hikes Part 1: Diablo Canyon

The Diablo Canyon Recreation Area is a wonderland of black rocks, dramatic cliffs and sand. It is worth the bumpy drive along the washboard road to get there.

Directions are below. You will see the towering rock faces as you get near. As you begin your walk, you might see some little dots on the sheer rock cliff face above you.  These dots are people who climb this massive rock: remarkable and inspiring, and for those who prefer to stay close to the ground, downright scary.  Luckily, you will be on solid ground, and it makes climbing the big black boulders below seem very safe by comparison. 

With little ones you will prefer to stay in the sandy, beach-like wash that navigates between the sheer face on your right and the pile of boulders on your left.  The canyon narrows and then opens up, widening and eventually reaching the Rio Grande. You can walk down as far as you desire, which is often not too far with kids who love to create their own games and play, jumping off the big rocks. There is usually spring of water seeping up from the sand which makes for a fun play spot.

If your kids are a little older and you have confidence scrambling over big rocks with them, you can walk up the black rocks on your left and go as far as you feel comfortable.  I have been to the tippy-top of the mesa with some confident climbers in the 9-12 year-old range.  If this is your cup of tea, it’s a blast: inspiring confidence and memorable moments. If you are a nervous mom or dad, you may want to keep the kids on the down low.

I have seen rattlesnakes here in the summer, so do keep your eyes peeled and don’t stick your hands into dark places. Winter should not be an issue, but it is getting warm, so look for them sunning themselves. They will not bother you if you don’t disturb them.

How to Get There: Take Highway 599, get off at Camino La Tierra (Las Campanas exit), and then drive until you see Old Buckman Road on the right. Take the right and you will see a trailhead and parking area after seemingly endless miles of washboard road. You will pass some of our city wells along the way, which in interesting to point out to the kids, and talk about where our water comes from. Total drive from downtown is about 45 minutes or so.