Nature Schools & Programs in Orange County


Nature schools and programs may be full-time or part-time. They may or may not change locations depending on the season and the topic of outdoor study. They are a unique alternative schooling option that is growing in popularity, so we opted to highlight them separately from other site-based programs.


*These summaries have been copy/pasted from the nature schools' websites.


Camino de Santiago Nature School ( Orange County campus) - Camino De Santiago Nature School is designed to be a 4-day per week program. Their Monday through Thursday program is designed to meet basic academic requirements, leaving Friday for students to pursue specific interests and/or enhance their learning from Monday through Thursday. Most homeschooling parents choose to homeschool to allow for flexibility in their child’s learning and Camino De Santiago recognizes and supports that opportunity, need, and decision by offering a 2-day program as well.


Coast Live Oak School - Coast Live Oak offers classes for all ages, outdoors, year-round

in Orange County, California, and surrounding counties by Native Skills expert, Mark Hay. At Coast Live Oak School their classes integrate history and ecology with native and ancestral skills. Founder, Mark Hay has been teaching in classrooms and outdoors since 1993. He has been learning and practicing native and ancestral skills since 1996 and teaching them since 2004.


Earthroots Field School - Earthroots grew out of a community need for environmentally progressive & conscious, enriching, outdoor, hands-on nature connection classes for children and adults in Orange County, California. Co-created in 2005 by a small, dedicated group of homeschool families and guided by