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Registration is OPEN! To maintain the quality of our programs, we limit our class size to 15 students.

Classes are held rain or shine. Cancelled if there is the chance of thunderstorms or wind over 12 mph.

Unit 3: Home Sustainable Gardening

Date: November 2nd, 2023

Location: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Lesson #1: Introduction to Gardening

Description: Join us for a discussion about how to grow your own food and a hands on lesson on flower parts and their functions.

Parking: Parking Location (no parking fee)

Date: November 9th, 2023

Location: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Lesson #2: How to Plant a Seed

Description: Join us for a discussion on photosynthesis and hands on lessons on how to plant a seed. 

Parking: Parking Location (no parking fee)

Date: November 16th, 2023

Location: Garden to Table

Lesson #3: Gardening and Compost

Description: Join us at Garden to Table Silicon Valley for a hands-on gardening and composting activity. Food is a fundamental part of everyday life and Garden to Table Silicon Valley believes it should be grown and harvested where we live. In October 2013, Garden to Table Silicon Valley installed 2,500 square feet of raised beds to develop Taylor Street Farm.

Parking: Parking Location (no parking fee) 200 W Taylor St. San Jose, CA 95110 

Date: November 23rd, 2023

Location: No class

Lesson #4: 



Date: November 30th, 2023 11am start time (CLASS FULL)

Location: Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild

Lesson #5: What's the Buzz About Our Bees

Description: Spend the morning with a beekeeper from Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild and learn all about their importance to food production as pollinators. 

Parking: Old Dairy Farm 4945 Frazier Lake Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020

Date: December 7th, 2023

Location: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Lesson #6: Insect Anatomy and Adaptation

Description: Students learn that an insect is divided into three body parts and what each body part contains. They discover the types of mouthparts insects have and learn how that helps insects adapt to their environments.  

Parking: Parking Location (no parking fee)

General Information: 

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

Ages 6-12 (younger and older siblings welcomed)

Thursdays 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Please email before dropping in to ensure space and materials. 

The cost is per class and limited to 15 students:
$30 per student

Per semester:

$540 per student 

*We do take checks made out to Saved By Nature. Homeschool classes run weekly during the normal school year with holidays, and summer off. We are approved with Ocean Grove Charter SchoolThis is a drop off program. (we encourage parents to hike in a group)

1st Semester Begins 2023 (18 classes)

August:  24th, 31st

September:  7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

October:  5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

November: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd no class, 30th

December:  7th, 14th

January: 4th, 11th

2nd Semester Begins 2024 (19 classes)

January:18th, 25th

February: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

March: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th no class

April: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

May: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 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! Homeschool Outdoors is an outdoor science laboratory, where we learn together through hands-on experiments, observation, and art!

"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.


Cindy Medina - Bio coming soon. 

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