NATURAL STUDIES Learning PodS
Participate in Project-based and environmental-related lessons that are engaging and fun; all the while weaving in epic primitive living skills and natural history education!
We will offer a vast education outdoors, immersing students in a learning environment, in ways that traditional models can’t. With a whole- child-led focus, students become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their mentors and classmates, and the community. Here students are supported to push their own boundaries through safe mentor led supported risks, thereby teaching them independence, confidence, resilience, and perseverance. By offering more in an outdoor environment, allows children to develop a strong sense of self and a natural love of science, creativity, writing, natural history and more. In this design children are naturally accessing their whole imaginations, incorporating their whole focus, all the while growing into amazing earth stewards.
We are working with our professional and lay leaders to take a balanced and active approach to our natural learning pod planning, while following the Covid-19 Safe County Guidelines.
Here is how BEan can help you on your learning journey through this time:
- We can create a safe private learning cohort/pod for your group of learners on Tuesdays, Morgan Hill, Wednesdays, Cupertino or Thursdays in 2 locations South San Jose or Los Gatos
- Saturday Program is a drop in or buy 1 or more days, we do not have a static pod, and drop ins
- Our Los Gatos location is a private land base in which we have the option for choice masks for the students
- As we have seen throughout this difficult time, the situation continues to evolve at such a rapid pace, so we will offer 4 week and 6 week rotations, depending on the program.
Please trust, we will continue to follow the SC Guidance of stable groups, offering 6 week rotation for students in most programs, children in the same household can be in the same group whenever possible, symptom screening before camp, clear and concise hygiene protocol and plenty of room and outdoor safe space to have for each child. You may read more on FAQ page
Connection. Interaction. Response.
Cultivating children's love of learning thorough wonder, diversity, and the power of nature connection, promoting encounters that highlight our interconnectedness with our fragile and beautiful earth!
We will learn, explore, observe, journal, investigate current environmental topics about our lands, Native cultures, and influential people involved in the preservation of wild places, native plants, native wildlife, water, atmosphere, energy, and human issues in our local lands and beyond.
Here are the Core subjects your child will engage in:
Naturalist History Learning: Life Science, and our Eco Earth Sciences, field guide study, and history.
Language Arts: Reading, Creative Writing, Poetry, Nature Note booking, Eco Journalists
Wild Math Curriculum for your learner
Sciences: Life sciences, botany, sustainability, and food science, earth science, environmental sciences,
Wildlife Tracking: Ecology, wildlife, empathy, pattern recognition, and mapping.
Wild Crafts: Handcraft, materials selection, and sustainable harvesting.
Ecology: Biology, the scientific method, and local ecosystems, regenerative bio studies, botany, wild and medicinal plants
Ornithology (birds)and Bird Language
Village Creation Team leadership, community skills, public speaking by sharing and listening.
Silent Movement Stealth skills, balance, physical exercise through fun and play
*All the while supporting your child's Social - Emotional Development
Here is our general list of our exciting plans as we follow the seasons out on the land:
Stewardship education, connecting us to the earth, the food we eat and ecological harvesting
Nature Awareness skills to strengthen our connection to our world
For more information on How we teach click here
Primitive skills useful for the explorer
Nature Journaling and Science investigations and Writing with nature; discovering the beauty around us
BEan In Nature: Nature Classes & Outdoor Things To Do In The Bay Area!