November 2022 – Unit 3 (Classes Are Held Rain or Shine)

You’ll “Fall” in love with this inspirational introduction to animal migration. We’ll visit the Monarch Butterfly Natural Reserve, create a display board, canvas art, learn about the Pacific Flyway and take a closer look at courtship displays. 

November 1st 2022 - Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

The Great Migration

Students learn about seasons and create an animal migration map. 

Parking Location (no parking fee)

As the Earth’s axis tilts away from the sun it causes our seasons to change. Autumn brings colder temperatures, crisp breezes, and rain. Fish, insects, birds, and mammals instinctually know it is time to migrate. This doesn’t just happen in California; they make an invisible criss cross pattern of lines around our planet. Fall is here, and the Great Migration is taking place.

November 8th 2022 - Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Courtships and the Pacific Flyway

Students learn about cranes, ducks, geese, their differences and similarities. 

Parking Location (no parking fee)

The Sandhill Crane is well known for its courtship dance! Facing each other, members of a pair leap into the air with wings extended and feet thrown forward. Then they bow to each other and repeat the performance, uttering loud croaking calls. Courting birds also run about with their wings outstretched and toss tufts of grass in the air.

November 15th 2022 - Natural Bridges State Beach

Monarch Butterfly Natural Reserve

Students observe monarch butterfly clusters and learn of the conditions needed during their migration.

Parking Location (no parking fee if you park outside)

We’re west of the Rockies so our local population migrates to the Coast of California and southwest to Mexico. Their migration is the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world! Just like salmon they make their way hundreds or thousands of miles using only natural instinct.

November 29th 2022 - Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Whale Migration in California

Students learn about local whale species and paint a whale on a canvas.

Parking Location (no parking fee)

Humpback Whales occur in Monterey Bay from late April to December. During this period, the whales are here to feed on anchovies, sardines, and krill. Humpbacks work as a team when hunting for schooling fish. In Monterey Bay they lunge feed and off the Coast of British Columbia and Alaska they can be seen bubble-net feeding. Once underwater, several humpbacks encircle the fish with a "bubble net"—making the fish believe they are trapped in a net of bubbles. 


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


Ages 6-12 (younger and older siblings welcomed)

Tuesdays 10:00AM-11:30AM

Drop-ins are welcome, register anytime during the semester. 

The cost is per class and limited to 15 students:
$25 per student

Per semester:

$450 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 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!

"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.

Leslie Anido - worked for the Santa Clara County Office of Education 37 years, including more than two decades as a special education teacher at Blackford Elementary School, which sits on the border of Willow Glen and Campbell. Her classroom served children from school districts across the county.

Elexis Padron - Coming Soon....