terra explorers

Our Terra Explorers offers an off-campus Earth Education Program to homeschool, students in virtual learning 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


Skills include (but are not limited to):

  • hazard identification

  • navigation

  • animal tracking

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

  • herbal medicine

  • 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:

Days/Time/Age Groups


  • Kindergarten- 2nd grade 8:45am -3:30pm


  • 7th & 8th grade 8:45am-3:30pm


  • Preschool* 8:45am -1 pm or 3:30pm (2 options)

  • 6th grade 8:45am-3:30pm


3rd-5th grade 8:45am-3:30pm


Students will begin their day being dropped off at Terra Marin School 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:

  • Rodeo Beach

  • Alice Eastwood

  • 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 to get settled in before their 1:00pm pick up. 

** If you would like to transport your child to and from the class locations each week, that is also possible.

Southern Route for San Francisco and Peninsula families:

Days/Time/Age Groups^

Tuesdays from 9:30am-3:30pm (Oct-Dec, 2020) & Fridays from 9:30am-3:30pm (Jan-June, 2021)

  • Group One: Ages 6 - 8 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 various locations throughout the Peninsula to explore the beauty of San Mateo & San Francisco counties. These locations include, but are not limited to:​​

  • Huddardt Park, Woodside (when open)

  • Skyline Ridge

  • Russian Ridge

  • Los Trancos

  • Windy Hill

  • El Corte de Madera

  • ...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 (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.


2021 Winter/Spring Session Rates

Mondays in Marin County (Kindergarten-2nd grade) - 21 sessions ($3,502)

Tuesdays in Marin County (7th/8th grade) - 21 sessions ($3,502)

Thursdays in Marin County (Preschool & 6th grade) - 20 Sessions ($3,502)

Fridays in Marin County (3rd-5th grade) - 20 sessions ($3,502)

Fridays on the Peninsula (Kindergarten-12th grade) - 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.

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

  • 2 Masks

  • Hand sanitizer 


  • Swim suits

  • Journal

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