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Homeschool Outdoor Program

The Trackers Homeschool Outdoor Program is comprised of outdoor skills and artisan crafts for homeschooled and independent study students. You drop off your child and we guide them into a fantastic world of adventure and ancient skills.

Outdoor Learning Year-Round

Our courses are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of homeschool families. Trackers programs are conducted almost entirely outdoors, fostering active engagement with the lessons and the land. For some specific projects in Berkeley we may also utilize our historic Trackers Guild Hall for fine craftwork projects and more. 

All students learn skills from all four Trackers guilds:

Rangers Guild
Outdoor Survival, Animal Tracking and The Curriculum of Shadows
Wilders Guild
Wild Plants, Homesteading and The Way of the Wilder: Regenerative Ecological Relationships
Mariners Guild
Fishing and Water Ecology
Artisans Guild
Theater & Storytelling, Fine Craft Work and Leadership

Monday Rovers Forest School Kindergarten and Preschool

We believe that our youngest students are capable of significantly more than they are often given credit for. For our 4 and 5-year-olds we have crafted a careful curriculum that balances outdoor exploration and natural skills. Learn more on our Forest Kindergarten and Preschool page.

Locations and Times for 2016-2017 School Year

Berkeley Forest Kindergarten & Preschool Monday 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Ages 4-5
Berkeley Tuesday 8:45 AM – 2:45 PM Ages 6-14
Fremont/Hayward Wednesday 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Ages 6-14
Berkeley Thursday 8:45 AM – 2:45 PM Ages 6-16
Livermore Thursday 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Ages 6-14
Livermore Friday 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Ages 6-14

Enrollment for new students for the 2016-2017 school year is now open, and will continue on a rolling basis during the year. If your desired program day or location is full, please submit a waitlist request below. Families on our wait list will be notified when spaces open up. A non-refundable $75 deposit will be required to hold your space at the time of registration.

2016-2017 Homeschool Registration Information

Registration

Once registration is open, to secure your space for Fall 2016 we will require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child, per enrolled day. In August, all families will be able to enroll in our monthly payment plan. Your tuition is divided into nine equal payments (less your deposit). Payments are automatically debited once monthly from September – May. Please note that registrations are for a full year; however, we do allow for mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below). If you are unable to provide your deposit now due to financial hardship, please contact us directly so we may make alternate arrangements.

Please note that our groups are based on children's age as of September 1, 2016, and this rule applies for the entirety of our 2016-2017 school year. Children must have turned 4 before the September 1 cut-off to join our Preschool program and 6 to join our other Homeschool programs. We must receive at least one weeks notice to schedule any new students for our Homeschool program.

Tuition Fees and Dates

Download our 2016-2017 Pricing Sheet

Please note that our program begins on Monday September 12th, 2016 and ends on Friday May 26, 2017. There is no Trackers Homeschool during holiday breaks.

Trackers Homeschool will not meet the following dates:

  • November 21 - November 27: Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 12 - January 1: Winter Break
  • January 2 - January 8: Trackers Staff Winter Break Holiday Week
  • Berkeley Preschool Only: January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 20-24: February Break Camps
  • April 3 - April 7: Spring Break Camps

Camps are available for Winter Break, February Break, Spring Break programs. Please visit our calendar to see all of our program dates.

For Livermore and Fremont Homeschool ONLY: Special Fire & Tools classes meet the following dates (requires pre-registration):

  • Fremont: 10/12, 12/7, 2/8, 3/29, and 5/3
  • Livermore: 10/13, 12/4, 2/9, 3/30, and 5/4

Trial Days

We want your child to experience our program so your family can decide if it is the best fit for them. We can schedule trial days in May on a space-available basis. We will begin taking reservations for Fall trial days pending available space on Monday August 22nd. Single day trials are $55. If you then sign up for the program, your total tuition will be pro-rated for the time remaining in our year. Contact Us for more information.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-year cancellations and withdrawals. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the year. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals.
  • For all withdrawals, a $75 withdrawal fee will apply.
  • After the withdrawal fee has been subtracted, we will refund any pre-paid tuition prorated for time not attended.

Potential Guild Activities

Rangers Guild

Rangers Guild

The Rangers Guild are the scouts of the forest. Students train in stealth, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. If you ever loved the books My Side of the Mountain or Lord of the Rings the Rangers Guild is where you want to be.

Rangers may build a shelter, learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, craft simple bows, or play fun stealth games to build outdoor fitness. They can loose an arrow with keen aim and steady eye.

Rangers are also master naturalists. They know the language and sign of all birds, beasts, and plants that live in wild.

Wilders Guild

Wilders Guild

Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Students could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or press apples in the cider press while dancing to fine fiddle music.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in family gardens or even working on fiber arts projects.

They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals over a fire, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric. Through their thoughtful care of the forests and the meadows, the Wilders bring balance cultivation and care of the natural world.

Mariners Guild

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The Mariners Guild trains us in the skills of the water and sea. Mariners may study water ecology to learn about aquatic creatures. They could tie knots and even partake in artistic knot work.

In the Mariner's wood shop, we may build a canoe or other traditional skin on frame boat. Most importantly, the Mariners Guild goes fishing and kayaking! While they may not guarantee a catch, Mariners always have a good time sitting by the shore and casting. With the Mariners Guild, you can count coming home with a safe adventure on the water and a tall tale about the "big one that got away."

Artisans Guild

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The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of storytellers and craftspeople. Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity, and teamwork.

Artisans also share their stories through craft and art: From safe and successful metal working projects for younger students to more challenging blacksmithing techniques for older students. The Artisans also express their own story through painting and other art media; they create beautiful and useful things with their leatherworking and woodcraft projects. Through their craft, stories, and incredible adventures, the Artisans will take you on an unforgettable journey.