Homeschool Outdoor Program Bay Area, CA

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.

A Homeschool Program: Outdoors

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 we may also utilize our historic Trackers Guild Hall for fine craftwork projects and more. Our expert mentor instructors teach 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 Preschool Rovers Forest School

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 Preschool page.

Trial Days

We want your child to experience our program so your family can decide if it is the best fit for them. For programs with available space, you can begin with a 1-day trial for only $45. 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.

Locations and Times

Berkeley/Oakland Preschool Monday Ages 4-5 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Berkeley/Oakland Thursday 9:00 AM – 3:15 PM
Marin Wednesday 9:00 AM – 3:15 PM
Livermore Thursday 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Fremont/Hayward Friday 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Download our 2014-2015 Information and Pricing Sheet


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Age 6 - 16 $45
Trial Day By arrangement only - Contact us to reserve your day and location
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Age 4 - 6 $50 deposit, Download Info & Full Price Sheet
Berkeley/Oakland - Monday 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Monday with holiday breaks
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Age 6 - 14 $50 deposit, Download Info & Full Price Sheet
Berkeley - Thursdays 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM Thursdays with holiday breaks
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Age 6 - 14 $50 deposit, Download Info & Full Price Sheet
Marin - Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM Thursdays with holiday breaks
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Age 6 - 14 $50 deposit, Download Info & Full Price Sheet
Livermore - Thursdays 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Thursdays with holiday breaks
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Age 6 - 14 $50 deposit, Download Info & Full Price Sheet
Fremont/Hayward - Fridays 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Fridays with holiday breaks

Discounts & Mid-Session Enrollment

Sibling Discount 5% off your total registration fees for siblings enrolling together.

Download our 2014-2015 Information and Pricing Sheet

Charter school member? Trackers is a registered vendor with Hickman, Pathways, and FAME Charter schools. We are also registered with Ocean Grove and Connecting Waters Charter Schools with limitations set on program types students can attend (see pricing sheet)

We offer rolling mid-session enrollment when space is available. Contact Us for more information.

Scholarships

We have scholarship awards available of up to 10%-25% of tuition for families in need. Submit a scholarship application.

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 school year.  Our cancellation policy is as follows:

 

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Potential Guild Activities

Rangers GuildRangers Guild The Rangers Guild are scouts of the forest. Campers train 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 train outdoor fitness arts through fun stealth games. Rangers are also master naturalists, they know the language and sign of all birds, beasts and plants that live in wild.

Wilders GuildWilders Guild Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Campers 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, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric and sew their own clothing.

Mariners GuildMariners Guild The Mariners Guild trains the skills of the water and sea. Mariners may research ocean life and create aquariums and terrariums to learn about aquatic creatures. They could tie knots and even partake in artistic knot work.

Kids may even get an opportunity to help out building a canoe or other traditional skin on frame boat in the wood shop. Most importantly, the Mariners Guild goes fishing and kayaking! While they may not guarantee a catch, campers always have a good time sitting by the shore and casting. With the Mariners Guild you can always count on them to come home with a safe adventure on the water and a tall tale about the "big one that got away."

Artisans GuildArtisans Guild The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of craft and skills. They are storytellers and crafts people. Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity and teamwork.

Artisans also offer incredible craft activities: from safe and successful metal working projects for younger kids to more challenging blacksmithing techniques for older students. Every week we offer free choice woodworking projects, plus campers have the opportunity to express their own story through painting and other art media.

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