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"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!"

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What better place for your kid(s) to learn and build an affinity for nature than Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve? It sits on the border of South San Jose and Morgan Hill nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountain foothills and the Diablo Range. Home to burrowing owls, California badgers, endangered tiger salamanders and mammals such as coyote and grey 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.


Homeschool classes run weekly during the normal school year with holidays, and summer off. For ages 8-12 and 13-16 but all ages are welcomed. 

Students' first day of school: Sign up above to join our group!

Students' last day: June 11, 2021


Ages 8-12  Tuesday's 9:30AM-11:00AM

Ages 13-16 Tuesday's 11:30AM-1:00PM

The cost is per class $20 for 1 student, $30 for 2 students, $40 for 3 students, $50 for 4 students. Members receive a $5 discount and we're on a sliding scale to help families; a nonprofit dedicated to providing nature for everyone.

We are approved with Ocean Grove Charter School!


While we deliver themed lesson plans to the students parents are encouraged to walk on the beautiful Arrowhead Trail to look for raptors, woodpeckers, wild turkeys, deer, bobcat and so much more! Walking in nature is a fantastic way to stay healthy mentally and physically. Parking is free, bring a lunch so you can hang out at the wooden picnic benches under a 300-year-old Valley Oak. 

When we can we bring in special guest speakers with live animals such as turtles and tortoises, bats, owls, birds, hawks, snakes, and lizards.

Unit 1 – Plant Life

This unit discusses similarities and differences between plants, different plant parts, how different plants make seeds, how seeds grow, and fossils.

Unit 2 – Animal Life

This unit covers vertebrates and invertebrates, animal life cycles with examples of ladybugs and mountain lions, animal adaptations and instincts, animal fossils, and animal tracks.

Unit 3 – Animals and Plants in Ecosystems

This unit discusses environments, ecosystems, and habitats, as well as grasslands, deserts, and tundra. Also covered are animal adaptations, coniferous, deciduous, and tropical forests, as well as freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, and a habitat for mold.

Unit 4 – Animals and Plants Living Together

This unit discusses interactions among and competition between living things. Also covered are food webs, changes and patterns of change in environments, what makes a healthy environment for humans, healthy food for humans, and how we get energy from food, and mushroom spore prints.

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 snowflakes are like.

Unit 6 – Weather

This unit discusses clouds, the atmosphere, how to measure and predict the weather, weather maps, and pollution alerts. It also covers different kinds of storms, such as blizzards, tornadoes, and hurricanes, as well as storm watches and warnings and the effect of carbon dioxide on water.

Unit 7 – 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.

Unit 8 – Changes on Earth's Surface

In this unit students discuss different layers and landforms on the earth.  Students also explore volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, and erosion.

Unit 9 – Earth's Natural Resources

This unit discusses natural resources, what they are and how to manage them, including conservation, landfills, reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Unit 10 – Properties of Matter

This unit discusses what matter is, its states, and how to measure mass, volume, density, and length.

Unit 11 – Changes in Matter

This unit discusses mixtures and solutions, physical and chemical changes in matter, and how we use chemical changes.

Unit 12 – Forces and Motion

This unit discusses motion, position, speed, force, friction, gravity, magnetism, and work.

Unit 13 – Sound

This unit discusses vibration, pitch, and sound waves, how humans, musical instruments, and animals make sound, how we hear sound, and how sound travels through matter.

Unit 14 – Looking at the Sky

This unit discusses how the earth spins, which creates day and night, and how the earth travels around the sun once each year. It also covers the phases of the moon, the constellations, and how the atmosphere gives the sky its blue color.

Unit 15 – The Solar System

This unit discusses the sun, the inner, outer, and dwarf planets, why there is life on Earth, and how a planet's distance from the sun determines its temperature.