Our Terra Explorers offers an off-campus Earth Education Program to homeschool and Terra Marin full-time students (3-14) in the San Francisco Bay Area. This enriching Earth Education program is a perfect adjunct to any customized curriculum. Our highly trained teachers and specialists will engage and guide students in real-life problem solving by using essential questions to spark their curiosity and weaving in critical thinking skills.
why earth education?
Earth education positively affects both academic and social-emotional development. Connection to nature reduces mental fatigue and enhances critical thinking, creativity and collaborative teamwork. Students also learn primitive living skills and better understand global environmental issues. For more information visit childrenandnature.org/research.
Skills include (but are not limited to):
proper tool use & safety with knives, hatchets, axes, etc
stealth-movement and camouflage
and lots of games!
There will periodically be medium intensity hiking (2-6 miles).
when & where
Northern Route for San Francisco and Marin families:
Ages 3-5* Thursdays 8:35am -1 pm or 3:30pm
Ages 6-9 Mondays 8:35am -3:30pm
Ages 8-10 Wednesdays 8:35am-3:30pm
MARIN & NORTH SAN FRANCISCO PROGRAM
Students will begin their day being dropped off at 8:45am and return to school for pick up by 3:30pm. Students will explore a variety of locations between San Francisco and Marin County. These locations include but are not limited to:
Samuel P Taylor State Park, Lagunitas
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley and other parts of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Lake Lagunitas, Fairfax
*Preschoolers are expected to be potty trained and will be exposed to Mandarin during the outdoor class. Preschoolers will return to campus by 12:30pm.
Southern Route for San Francisco and Peninsula Families:
Tuesdays from 9:30am-3:30pm (Oct-Dec) & Fridays from 9:30am-3:30pm (Jan-June)
Group One: Ages 5 - 8 yrs old
Group Two: Ages 9 - 13 yrs old
Group Three: Ages 13 - 17 yrs old
^minimum of 6 students required to run
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO & PENINSULA PROGRAM
Students will meet their instructors at various locations throughout the Peninsula to explore the beauty of Santa Clara & San Francisco counties. These locations include, but are not limited to:
Huddardt Park, Woodside (when open)
El Corte de Madera
...and many others!
Rates & Registration
JOIN THE TERRA MARIN COMMUNITY
As a Terra Marin Earth Explorer Program participant, we invite you to participate in all festivities and events our main campus has to offer. Events include our year-end Earth Ed school-wide picnic (if we are able to gather with COVID-19 protocols), a great way to get more engaged in our larger community of amazing parents and educators. We will update you as we progress through the year and know more about how/if we will be having these community events.
2020/21 Full Year Session Rates
Mondays in Marin County (ages 6-9) - 31 sessions ($6,118)
Tuesdays in the Peninsula (ages 5-17) (October-December); Fridays in the Peninsula (January-June) - 31 sessions ($6,118)
Wednesdays in Marin County (ages 8-10) - 31 sessions (6,118)
Thursdays in Marin County (ages 3-5) - 31 sessions ($6,118)
Fridays in Marin County (ages 6-9) (October-December); Tuesdays in Marin County (January - June) - 31 sessions ($6,118)
2020/21 Fall Session Rates
Mondays in Marin County (ages 6-9) - 10 sessions ($2,616)
Tuesdays in the Peninsula (ages 5-17) - 10 sessions ($2,616)
Wednesdays in Marin County (ages 8-10) - 10 Sessions ($2,616)
Thursdays in Marin County (ages 3-5) - 10 Sessions ($2,616)
Fridays in Marin County (ages 6-9) - 10 sessions ($2,616)
2021 Winter/Spring Session Rates
Mondays in Marin County (ages 6-9) - 21 sessions ($3,502)
Tuesdays in Marin County (ages 6-9) - 21 sessions ($3,502)
Wednesdays in Marin County (ages 8-10) - 21 Sessions ($3,502)
Thursdays in Marin County (ages 3-5) - 20 Sessions ($3,502)
Fridays on the Peninsula (ages 5-17) - 20 sessions ($3,502)
*There is a one-time registration fee of $100 charged for registering online. Further scholarships are available based on need. Late registration can be pro-rated.
Each day, please prepare your child with the following...
Day pack appropriate for their height & weight
24oz. water bottle (or bigger)
Weather appropriate layers (jackets for cooler temperatures, shorts for warmer etc.)
Snack and lunch for the day
Note on snack & lunch: please pack your child's food in non-glass containers as they have a tendency to accidentally shatter during our activities.
Sturdy, close-toed hiking shoes (they may bring sandals/flip-flops on beach days, however)
Epidermal applications (sunscreen, bug spray etc.)
Nature projects (unfinished wooden spoons, baskets etc.)