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Outside School


Outside School


K-12 forest school in the East Bay

Offering an alternative education model that respects humans and their interactions with the environment. Learning is child led and teacher supported. 

School Year and Summer Camp Programs

Year-round, mixed-age program fosters social relationships, connection with the natural world, empathy, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

Education is 100% outdoors in the East Bay at beautiful Alvarado Park at the hub of El Cerrito, San Pablo, El Sobrante, and Richmond, California.

We will explore and adventure, make discoveries and observations, and experiment with newfound knowledge while being immersed in the environment and witnessing life’s cycles.

We will make decisions that are the best for the health and safety of individuals and the group. Much will be decided by democratic processes such as discussion and voting. Curriculum is driven by our explorations, discoveries, and group members’ interests.

We strive to be light on the land. Materials use will be minimal and may include nature journals and pencils, rulers, knives for cutting and learning to carve, and twine. I typically bring a story book and field guide along each day.

We will leave sites better than we found them. We will participate in projects such as litter removal, invasive plant abatement, and species documentation.

Small group size in the outdoors helps social relationships develop at a natural pace. Low tuition rates allow me to bring Outside School to as many families as possible.

Enrollment is limited to no more than eight children in kindergarten through 12th. grade (5-18 years old), with no minimum number of children.


The perfect adjunct for homeschool, independent study, and privately tutored students looking for nature-based education and socialization.

School begins the day after Labor Day, follows Berkeley Unified School District holidays, and ends the second Thursday of June.

-Tuesday through Thursday

-9:00 - 3:00 (Drop-off by 9:15, pick-up as early as 2:45)

-$800/month for September - June

As of today, enrollment is available for:

-2019-2020 (late sign-ups okay!)


Special Programs

A limited number of spaces may be available for programs that run for less time than the normal school year program, but run on the same daily, calendar, and tuition schedules.

As of today, enrollment is available for:

-Tuesdays Only, 2019-2020, $350/month for September - June

-Monthly Program (September 2019, October 2019, November 2019, December 2019, January 2020, February 2020, March 2020, April 2020, May 2020, and/or June 2020), $1200/month


Schedule is for five consecutive weeks beginning the week after the Independence Day Holiday.

-Monday through Friday

-9:00 - 3:00 (Drop-off by 9:15, pick-up as early as 2:45)


As of today, enrollment is available for:

2020: July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7

Enrollment Information

For policies, information on how to enroll, and a link to the application please click:

Outside School is fully taught by its founder, Heather Taylor. She is an experienced, professional outdoor educator and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician who has spearheaded and published her teaching methods.

Children learn through play, conversation, and direct experience. Heather stands ready for when she’s needed, provides scientific background and stories, and shares her excitement in children’s discoveries.

For calendars covering 2019-2021, please click here:

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