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Wild Roots Half-Day Summer Camps

Wild Roots is an alternative to preschool as you know it.  Wild Roots is an outdoor-based early childhood education program for children ages 3-6. Our program offers an immersive experience in nature with a play-based approach to learning. Our flexible outdoor learning environment allows for an emergent curriculum, with teachers acting as guides, noticing each child’s observations and interests. 

Wild Roots is not a licensed preschool and operates under CDEC’s single-skill exemption. Our curriculum is designed to focus on specific weekly single-skills related to a monthly theme that follows the seasons and rhythms of the Earth. Monthly offerings build upon one another, allowing the school community to grow and strengthen. The summer-only class is offered in 2-week sessions, and runs from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.


Our summer-only class for 2024 will operate in two-week units. You are welcome to join us for one session or register for as many as you would like. Weekly-single skills will vary each session and offerings will build upon one another. 

Summer Session Dates: 
June 3 - June 14 
June 17 - June 28 
July 8 - July 19 
July 22 - August 2

Sample Schedule

When/What Why
10:00-10:15 a.m.

Drop off and Play at Landing Pads
Upon arrival, families will prepare children for the day with toileting, sunscreen application, and layering up for the weather, then helping their child plug into play at our landing pads. Landing pads will rotate based on the weekly single-skill and may include things such as sensory tables full of science investigations, water table, mud kitchen, or play in the fairy forest.  Then we say, “see you soon!” to our caregivers to start our days’ adventures.
10:20 a.m.

Gathering Circle
We join together as a community to sing good morning songs, greet our friends, go over the weather, discuss expectations, and talk about the days’ rhythm.
10:30 a.m.

Snack and Storytime
We fuel up on a snack (brought from home), and read stories related to the weekly single-skill, to set the tone for our day’s explorations. 
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Nature Immersion / Child-Led Play
Perhaps the most important of all, our child-led time spent in nature will look different each day. Children get the opportunity to explore and relate with nature on their own terms and to have uninterrupted child-led play in nature. The possibilities are purposefully endless.
12:30-12:50 p.m.

Children will have the opportunity for an unhurried lunch (brought from home) and time to talk and tell stories with friends.
12:50-1:00 p.m.

Pickup & Head Home
We sing goodbye our friends as we await our caregivers for pickup. We rejoin our families with lost of stories to tell about our day’s adventures. Note: all children must be picked up promptly by 1:00 p.m. 

Registration Info

Registration Process

  1. Initial Questions? Email [email protected] 
  2. Register for one or more two-week session of our summer-only class.
  3. Fill out all required paperwork on Camp In Touch, to finish reserving your child’s spot. Click the link in the email you receive with your registration receipt to start paperwork. 


Full payment for each two-week session is due at the time of enrollment.

Please note, there is a non-refundable 10% administrative fee that once enrolled, will not be refunded for any reason. See the cancellation policy below for more information. 

Half-Day, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: 

  • 5 days/week (Monday - Friday): $575 for a two-week session  

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations requested prior to April 1, will be granted a refund minus a non-refundable 10% administrative fee. The 10% administrative fee will not be refunded for any reason. 

Cancellations requested on or after April 1, and more than three weeks (21 days) of the session’s start date will be granted a 50% refund. 

Cancellations made within three weeks (21 days) of the session’s start will not be granted a refund for any reason. 

Transfer requests will be granted up to three weeks (21 days) prior to the start date of your registered session, pending availability. All transfers must be made to another Wild Roots summer session in 2024.  

Parents wishing to cancel a child from must provide written notification via email to [email protected]. You must include your child’s full name, your child’s age, and the dates of the session you wish to cancel, and cancellation reason.