Our homebase is Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve but we visit other locations throughout the county. 


Ages 6-12 (but we can be flexible)

Tuesdays 10:00AM-11:30AM

This is a drop off program. (we encourage parents to hike in a group)

You can register at anytime. 

Students' first day:

August 23rd, 2022
Students' last day:

May 30th, 2023

The cost is per class and limited to 15 students:
$25 for 1 student (non-member or subscriber)
$20 for 1 student (member or subscriber)

*$425 for entire semester (non-member or subscriber

*$340 for entire semester (member or subscriber)

*Families who pay for an entire semester get the final (seventeenth) class free. (we do take checks made out to Saved By Nature)


1st Semester Begins 2022 (18 classes)

August:  23rd, 30th

September:  6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

October:  4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

November: 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th

December:  6th, 13th

January: 3rd, 10th

2nd Semester Begins 2023 (18 classes)

January:  17th, 24th, 31st

February:  7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

March:  7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

April: 11th, 18th, 25th

May:  2nd, 9th, 16th, 23th, 30th

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!


We have 7 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!


August 2023 – Unit 1– Salmon & Trout Education Program (STEP)

This unit discusses what a lifecycle is, food webs, water quality and animal migration. The Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project's Salmon and Trout Education Program (STEP) is an experiential, in-depth collection of K-12 hands-on science lesson plans with a salmonid theme, aligned with California and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Richard Tejeda is a certified instructor of the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project STEP program. 

August 23rd 2022 - Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve - The Lifecycle of Salmon and Trout

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August 30th 2022 - Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve - Internal and External Anatomy

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September 6th 2022 - Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve - Salmon Survival Obstacle Course

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September 13th 2022 - Coyote Creek at Anderson - Water Quality Testing

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September 20th 2022 - Coyote Creek at Anderson - Aquatic Macroinvertebrates Collection

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September 27th 2022 - Coyote Creek Parkway Trail - Coyote Creek Homeschool Cleanup

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