terra explorers

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.

Terra Explorers & Earth Education


Skills include (but are not limited to):

  • hazard identification

  • navigation

  • animal tracking

  • archery & bow-making

  • proper tool use & safety with knives, hatchets, axes, etc

  • herbal medicine

  • fire-making

  • stealth-movement and camouflage

  • primitive technology

  • 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 10-12  & 12-14  These two groups rotate every other Wednesday 8:35am- 3:30pm

(Students may either meet for pickup at Terra Marin school by 8:35 am or join a San Francisco bus shuttle at the Target parking lot on Geary at 7:35 am taking them to Terra Marin School)


Students will begin their days boarding a shuttle at Terra Marin School. Shuttles will depart at 8:45am and return by 3:30pm for parent pick up. Students will explore a variety of locations between San Francisco and Marin County. These locations include but are not limited to:

  • Rodeo Beach

  • 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 field trip. Preschoolers will return to campus by 12:30pm. There is an optional extended Mandarin program for students until 3:30 pm.

Southern Route for San Francisco and Peninsula Families:

Days/Time/Age Groups^

Fridays from 9:30am-3:30 pm

Group One: Ages 5 - 8.5 yrs old

Group Two: Ages 9 - 13 yrs old

Group Three: Ages 13 - 17 yrs old

^minimum of 6 students required to run


Students will meet their instructors at Huddart County Park, 1100 King's Mt. Road, Woodside to explore the beauty of Santa Clara & San Francisco counties. These locations include, but are not limited to:

  • Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve, Redwood City

  • Huddart County Park, Woodside

  • Pescadero State Beach, Pescadero

  • Wunderlich Park, Woodside

  • San Gregorio State Beach, Half Moon Bay

  • Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Half Moon Bay

  • ...and many others!

Rates & Registration


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, a great way to get more engaged in our larger community of amazing parents and educators.

2020/21 Fall/Winter Session Rates

Mondays in Marin County (ages 6-9) - 20 Sessions ($3,420)

Wednesdays in Marin County (ages 10-12 & 12-14 - every other Wednesday) - 11 Sessions ($1,710)

Thursdays in Marin County (ages 3-5) - 20 Sessions ($3,420)

Fridays at Huddart Park, Peninsula (ages 5-17) - 21 sessions ($3,420)

 *There is a one-time registration fee of $100 charged for registering online. Further scholarships are available based on need.  Late registration can be prorated.

packing list

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.)

  • Personal medications


  • Swim suits

  • Journal

  • Nature projects (unfinished wooden spoons, baskets etc.)

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