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We believe children greatly benefit from free play, time spent outdoors, and building positive relationships with amazing adult role models -- Wild Child combines all three! With a variety of classes available, we offer awesome ways to connect with nature for kids ages 5 - 15.

Wild Child Freeschool programs create a safe space for kids to learn to interact with a community independently of their parents. As a parent drop-off program, a primary goal during Wild Child's 14-week sessions is to encourage a child's independence and confidence in developing relationships with their peers. Wild Child, Wild Makers, Wild Skills and Wild Projects are full-day nature programs that run from 10am-4pm, and cost less hourly than a babysitter! In addition to providing deep nature experiences, we are committed to helping kids discovering their own unique interests, and how - at any age - they can be involved in creating a better world.

We are deeply inspired by like-minded programs like Trackers or Reikes Nature Awareness, incorporating real survival and homesteading skills into outdoor adventures. Wild Child has more of an emphasis on free play, unstructured time in nature, and a strong emphasis on cultivating joy – helping kids learn to be a positive influence in the world without taking life (or themselves) too seriously. 

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