Homeschool Outdoors!

Ages 7-12  

Tuesdays 10:00AM-11:30AM


2022 Winter Semester 2 (17 classes)

January:  18, 25

February:  1, 8, 15, 22

March:  1, 8, 15, 22, 29

April: 19, 26

May:  3, 10, 17, 24

Members receive a $5 discount.
The cost is per class and limited to 15 students:
$25 for 1 student (non-members)
$20 for 1 student (members)

*$400 for entire semester (non-members) 

*$320 for entire semester (members)

*Families who pay for an entire semester get the final (seventeenth) class free


January 2022 – Unit 5 – Water

This unit discusses why water is important and how it is used. Also covered are the different states of water, the water cycle, how water can be cleaned, and what springs are like.

Jan 18th How Water Can Be Cleaned – Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park 

Parking Location (no parking fee) 

Jan 25th Santa Teresa Spring – Santa Teresa County Park 

Parking Location (no parking fee) 

February 2022 – Unit 6 – Rocks and Soil

In this unit students discuss differences and similarities of rocks, rock layers, and sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock, as well as minerals and many ways they are used, our need for soil, and layers and types of soil.  They also discuss what animals use dirt for.


Feb 1st Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous Rock, as well as Minerals – Alum Rock Park 

Parking Location (no parking fee) 


Feb 8th Differences and Similarities of Rocks, Rock Layers – Los Alamitos Creek 

Parking Location (no parking fee) 


Feb 15th What Animals Use Dirt For – Anderson County Park 

Parking Location (no parking fee)


Feb 22nd Our Need For Soil, and Layers and Types of Soil – Almaden Quicksilver County Park 

Parking Location (no parking fee)


What better place for your kid(s) to learn and build an affinity for nature than outdoors? Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range and home to burrowing owls, California badgers, endangered tiger salamanders and mammals such as coyote and gray fox everything we need is right here! An outdoor science laboratory, learning through hands-on experiments, observation, and art! What more can a kid ask for, right?


We have 6 year's experience leading homeschool groups associated with Ocean Grove Charter School but also welcome families not associated with Ocean Grove.

"As a long-term homeschool Mom, I can attest that Richard Tejeda is phenomenal with kids and has a special heart for homeschool families! We miss our homeschool classes with him!"


Your Instructors/Naturalists:

Richard Tejeda (aka Mr. Richard) has degrees from West Valley College in Park Management and from San Jose State University in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainable Water Resources. He is the 2020 Environmentalist of the Year, a generalist naturalist and the founder and Executive Director of Saved By Nature. He has worked for CA State Parks, Santa Clara County Parks, Open Space Authority, Monterey Bay Salmon Trout Project, Valley Water and created the homeschool program in 2008 at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy where he taught for 6 years.

Sean Reedy (aka Puma) brings two decades of credentialed teaching, coaching, and advocacy experience in East Gilroy along with a Masters of Science in Applied School Leadership. An enthusiastic hiker, trail runner, and cyclist, Sean has a passion to share nature with others that inspired him to become a University of California Naturalist and certified interpreter.

Homeschool classes run weekly during the normal school year with holidays, and summer off. We are approved with Ocean Grove Charter School!

Students' first day of school:

This is a drop off or hang out program. 

You can join at anytime. 

August 31st, 2021
Students' last day:

May 24th, 2022