PO Box 1366, Freeland WA 98249

office: 360.331.4811

calyxcommunityartsschool@gmail.com

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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.

There has never been a more important time to invest in this generation of earth protectors.

Help us reach our $10,000 goal!

A Revolutionary Education

At Calyx, you will find children who communicate with clarity

their vision of a healthy, loving and inclusive 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.

Inoculating Logs with our Favorite Mushrooms

November 6, 2019

With the help of a local mushroom expert (and a kind donation of supplies), Calyx students spend the morning hard at work, drilling, plugging, and labeling mushroom logs!

We are building our knowledge base of mushrooms and how they connect to us, our community, and to the earth.

Mushrooms as Mentors

Fall Term, 2019

Our daily explorations on South Whidbey State Park trails have led us into the world of mushrooms. Student interest in mushrooms and mycelium are prompting a foray of interdisciplinary learning experiences in our forest, indoor classroom and beyond!

Calyx Kids Participate in Climate Action

September 20, 2019

Some of our Calyx families joined forces with Whidbey Island Climate Activists, voicing their concern for clean water and clean air.

As part of our sustainability curriculum, Calyx students learn about how they impact their environment with their actions and words.