Earth Friends

The Earth Friends home school program is designed to connect children with nature. 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.

Our class options invite a tailored approach to home school studies. Courses may be taken separately or as a suite. At the culmination of each semester, your child will have documentation for his/her home school portfolio.

Review our Earth Friends Brochure for full descriptions. Classes for the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 Catalog are:

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AGE 5 – 8:

Creative Arts and Storytelling in the Wild
This exciting class offers children creative invitations to explore the scientific inquiry process through literature and the arts. Poetry, Native American stories, folk tales, clay work, journaling, dramatic play and music will guide us each day. Child-led investigations encourage deep curiosity as we explore the rich diversity of plant and wildlife habitats at Irvine.
Ages: 5-8 years old
Times: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Fall 2018 Dates:
Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Dec. 11 (no class on 11/20)
Spring 2019 Dates:
Tuesdays, Feb. 26 – May 28 (no class on 4/16)
Prices$375 / session for Members; $455 / session for Non-members

Science in a Trail Bag
Exploration of our woods, wetlands, streams, meadows, and ponds provide children limitless opportunities to investigate hidden nature gems. The tools we pack or find in our special class trail bag will help fuel our creativity with hand-on/minds-on investigations!
Ages: 5-8 years old
Times: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Fall 2018 Dates:
Wednesdays, Sept. 12 – Dec. 12 (no class on 11/21)
Spring 2019 Dates:
Wednesdays, Feb. 27- May 29 (no class on 4/17 ) 
Prices$375 / session for Members; $455 / session for Non-members

The Art and Science of the Land
We will discover the fascinating secrets of Irvine by exploring and replicating eco-artists like Holt, Smithson and Goldsworthy, among others. The children will blend ephemeral art, STEM and natural materials, with environmental forces such as wind, water and sunlight! Sketching, sculpture, and photography will teach us the science behind each location, and enhance our connection to the land.   An optional field trip to the Baltimore Visionary Arts Museum will be offered.
Ages: 5-8 years old
Times: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Fall 2018 Dates: 
Thursdays, Sept.13  – Dec. 13  (no class on 11/22) 
Spring 2019 Dates:
Thursdays, Feb. 28 – May 30  –  (no class on 4/18)
Prices$375 / session for Members; $455 / session for Non-members

 

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AGE 9 – 14:

The Art and Science of the Land (Fall 2018)

We will discover the fascinating secrets of Irvine’s 200+ acres of land by exploring and replicating eco artists like Holt, Smithson, Goldsworthy, Christo, Shilling, Long, Kidner and more. The students will blend ephemeral (non-permanent) art, STEM and natural materials with environmental forces such as wind, water and sunlight. Throughout the 13 weeks, we will generally make use of environmental science, integrating information from biology, physics, plant science, soil science and physical geography. When we investigate and create sculptures or installments, we will make use of human geography, by studying topography maps and thus, enhancing our own mapping and math skills. We will document our work with photographs and sketches which we will add to our journals. In this unique study of environmental arts, we will decipher the possible damage that could be inflicted on the land vs the “cause no harm” approach of sustainable arts. An optional filed trip to the Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore will be offered.
Ages: 9-14 years old
Times: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Fall 2018 Dates:
Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Dec. 11 (no class on 11/20)
Prices$375 / session for Members; $455 / session for Non-members
Spring 2019 Dates:
Tuesdays, Feb. 26 – May 28 (no class on 4/16 ) 
Prices$375 / session for Members; $455 / session for Non-members

 

WINTER 2019 SEMESTER FOR CHILDREN AGE 5 – 11:

Winter Session: Winter Patterns in Nature
Hiking throughout Irvine’s woods, meadows and waterways in the wintertime, we will see the natural world differently! Without color and blooms, we will explore the fascinating new patterns of nature. Content areas may include winter mammals and birds, hibernation and adaptation, geometric patterns, tracking, ice sculpture and ice painting, and water play in winter.
Ages: 5-11
Times: 1:00-4:00
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays
January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31; February 5, 7
Prices: $240 / session for Members; $280 / session for Non-members