Creating a world that is kind, gentle and just.
Under the benevolent watch of the old-growth trees at South Whidbey State Park, there is a spark of light, a hopeful new possibility in the making. Here you will find children who communicate with clarity their vision of a healthy, loving and inclusive world. They have the confidence and ability to imagine, create, implement and embody creative resilience and problem solving.
Registration Still Open for
Calyx Backyard Nature Camps!
Join us for 1, 2, 3, or all 4 weeks of Calyx's Backyard Nature Camps using Calyx's successful Online Outdoor School platform.
Calyx Nature Camps combine good, old fashioned outdoor fun, with plenty of time for nature connection, exploration, creativity and discovery. Our mixed-age Nature Camps for children ages 5-10 are led by our experienced educators and mentors.
We are inspired and excited about the possibilities awaiting in our own backyards, and have all kinds of delightful summer fun surprises in store. Calyx will use its Zoom Room as a way to bring our campers together and connect with naturalist mentors, teaching artists and special guests, and as a tool to get our campers outside where they will explore, play, discover and connect with the natural world.
Now, more than ever, our children need to be held, heard, and connected. They must feel connected and safe in their learning. How can we, as educators, administrators, and parents, provide this space for our children? We must anchor their learning times with social & emotional literacy, teach responsively, and be intentional about our use of technology. Calyx has always been grounded in social & emotional literacy, connection, and responsive education. We are happy to share with you our new offerings, responsive to these times.
Special Offerings for Current Times
A Revolutionary Education
At Calyx, you will find children who communicate with clarity
their vision of a healthy, loving and inclusive world.
Calyx provides the critical skills children need to navigate an uncertain future in an rapidly changing world. Calyx connects children with nature, community and self, and nurtures the next generation of environmental and social justice leaders by providing low and no cost, place-based, nature and service learning experiences for children, families and the community. The 347 acres of South Whidbey State Park grounds learning in connection, diversity, stewardship, critical thinking and advocacy.
Creative and compassionate citizens of the earth,
these children truly embody what is possible.
Our naturalist guides, the storytellers, the song carriers - or, what we call, our mentors - tap into the creative potential of their students to facilitate a connection that grows a sense of purpose, an expanded vision of what is possible, and a greater capacity to imagine, and thus create, a sustainable world.
Elements of a Calyx Education
We nurture the genius of childhood.
Our curriculum is emergent, responsive, and interdisciplinary.
We emphasize social and emotional literacy, nature connection, community, and creative practice.
We are grounded in the local and embrace the global while celebrating diversity in all its forms.
We strive to nurture life-long learners and engaged and empowered citizens.
We spend a lot of time outdoors.
We practice critical thinking.
Our rich art curriculum grounds our learning and cultivates powers of creative expression.
We listen deeply to one another, to ourselves, and to the earth.
Calyx Launches Online Outdoor School!
Calyx mentors and children continue to learn together! Our new program uses technology minimally and intentionally to support our ongoing work in nature connection, social & emotional literacy, integrated studies, culinary arts, visual arts, and civil discourse. Mentors continue to work closely with children and families to develop our new program design, ensuring all children have access to the learning being offered and that our families feel supported.
"I just can't say enough about how incredibly well you all have adapted to this situation! People are floored when I explain our routine. So impressive! Thank you!" - Calyx Parent