We have redesigned our after school programs based on Santa Clara County Public Health orders to provide a safe and fun program for nature connection. After school programs provide students with a balance of unstructured nature play with instruction in nature crafts, stories, tracking, wild edible plants, bow drill/hand drill fire making, shelter building, wilderness skills and more. The program is always held outdoors (only in the case of extreme weather or unsafe driving conditions will alternate arrangements be made). Some common locations are Foothills Park, Arastradero, Redwood Grove, Palo Alto Baylands and Shoreline Park. Fire skills and wild edible plants/gardening are taught at a private garden. All parks are within 20 minutes of downtown Palo Alto. Due to COVID-19 we are no longer using our vans to transport students, so parents drop off directly at parks.
For 2020-21 we will have two groups of 6 children, with each group attending two days a week from 2:00pm to 5:30pm. Mondays and Wednesdays for 2nd - 5th grade students. (Full, accepting for the waitlist) Tuesdays and Thursdays for K-2nd grade students. (Full, accepting for the waitlist) All after school programs will be taught by Pathfinders Director Drew Harwell.