Calyx School is the 347-acre classroom at South Whidbey State Park (SWSP) on Whidbey Island, Washington. Founded in 2011, Calyx works to connect children with nature, community and self, and to nurture the next generation of environmental and social justice leaders by providing low and no cost place-based, nature, and service learning experiences for children and families. Calyx has served more than 300 children through its year-round outdoor learning programs, which include its core school-year program, and 4 weeks of summer camps.
Calyx’s year-round academic programs provide multidisciplinary, nature and arts based learning experiences for ages 5-11 that facilitate deep nature connection and environmental stewardship while supporting the development of traditional academic skills.
As a founding member of the Nature Education Network, Calyx partners with Service, Education and Adventure (SEA) and Washington State Parks, to provide a nature-based, arts rich, service learning environment to support children’s intellectual, physical, and emotional development.
A message from Calyx's co-founder, Lisa Kois