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Calyx

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.

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.

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Elements of a Calyx Education

  • We nurture the genius of childhood.

  • Our curriculum is emergent, responsive, anti-racist and interdisciplinary.

  • We emphasize social and emotional literacy, nature connection, community, social justice, and creative practice.

  • We are grounded in the local and embrace the global while celebrating diversity in all its forms.

  • We 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 Happenings
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Saving the Trees

Calyx children continue their collective work on preserving the story of the "Save the Trees" movement, an important piece of South Whidbey State Park history. Two years ago, the children became interested in the movement and after research and interviews wrote, directed, and performed a play telling the "Save the Trees" story from the perspective of the forest animals. This year, the children are designing, facilitating, and recording interviews of individuals involved in the movement as part of a larger project to preserve the oral history of the park. Keep an eye out for our final project - a sound installation in the SWSP phone booth!