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 Preserve, Redwood Grove, Palo Alto Baylands, Shoreline Park and Thornewood Preserve. Fire skills and wild edible plants/gardening are taught at a private garden. All parks are within 20 minutes of downtown Palo Alto.
For 2021-22 we will have two groups of 6 children, with each group attending 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Wednesdays for 3rd-5th grade students. (Full, accepting for the waitlist) Fridays for K-2nd grade students. (Full, accepting for the waitlist) We pickup students at 1:30pm from Ohlone Elementary School and drop them off at 5pm at Peers Park in Palo Alto. All after school programs are taught by Pathfinders Director Drew Harwell.