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
The 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
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.
One day/week (12 sessions)
CO-OP ASSISTANCE = 2 classes per semester