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Homeschool Programs

There is no better classroom than the outdoors. Irvine offers 11 different field trips that provide students of all ages meaningful outdoor experiences. In addition to those field trip topics, home school groups can work with Irvine to arrange programs tailored to their science curriculum. Learn more from our field trips programs page.

Earth Friends Co-Op

Explorers 2The Earth Friends Co-Op is designed to connect children with nature. We develop a foundation of skills for children ages 5-8 years old through interdisciplinary studies. We promote respect for nature and each other through a nurturing, student-centered environment. Hikes, live animal encounters and open-ended wild nature play are integral to our learning each day.

Three class options invite a tailored approach to home school studies. Science Outside focuses on natural history and scientific investigations (Mondays). Arts Integration explores the intersection of nature and music, visual, art and dramatic play (Wednesdays). Stories from the Wild infuses language, literacy and storytelling concepts with reflection in nature (Fridays). Parents join in twice per semester as part of the co-op agreement.

Spring Semester 2014

Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
February 11 – May 6 (no class on April 15)

Fall Semester 2014

Monday, 1-3:45 p.m.
Earth Friends Co-Op: Science Outside
September 22-December 15 (no class 10/13)

Wednesday, 1-3:45 p.m.
Earth Friends Co-Op: Creative Arts Integration
September 24-December 17 (no class 11/26)

Friday, 1-3:45 p.m.
Earth Friends Co-Op: Stories from the Wild
September 26-December 19

AGE REQUIREMENTS
Appropriate for students ages 5- 8 years old. Students must be age 5 by Sept. 1 turning 6 during the program year (not otherwise eligible for The Nature Preschool). Maximum age is 8 years old. Age requirements are strictly enforced to ensure developmentally appropriate activities and high quality experience for students.

CO-OP PARENT REQUIREMENT
Parents assist the lead educator in the classroom for two classes per semester as terms of the registration agreement. Parent and child arrive 15 minutes prior to class for set up and help with clean-up for 15minutes after class ends.

SEMESTER PRICING
One day/week (12 sessions)  
$350 Members
$425 Non-member

CO-OP ASSISTANCE = 2 classes per semester  

For program details, contact Monica Wiedel-Lubinski via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 443-738-9213.

REGISTRATION
Contact Evelyn Nastos to register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 443-738-9210. You will receive an email to confirm registration along with a co-op calendar and emergency form. Emergency forms are required for each enrolled child. These must be submitted by before participation. No child may attend without a completed emergency form.

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