The 347-Acre Classroom in South Whidbey State Park
Calyx Community Arts School
An Online Cooking & Geography Program
What role does food play in your world? At a biological level, food provides the building blocks to sustain human life. At a historical level, food has helped determine the landscape of human geography. At a cultural level, food gives expression to a shared identity and an invitation to cultural exploration.
Take a culinary journey around the world with Calyx Cooks this fall as we explore cooking and geography.
We will learn about the origins of common ingredients and everyday fruits and vegetables. We will explore place through the foods and stories linked to those places. We will travel back in time to discover the origins of the foods we love. And we will cook delicious food together!
OASIS and SWAP students welcome!
Calyx Cooks: Around the World
6 Thursdays: 9am (Morning Circle), 11am (Cooking), & 2pm (Closing Circle Tea Party)
October 22 - December 10 (no meeting on 11/5 & 11/26)
Ages: 7-12 (age appropriate adult support is required)
*Calyx will turn no child away for lack of funds. If this fee is beyond your means, please email Maisie
at CalyxAdmin@whidbey.com to discuss sliding fees and scholarship options. More fee information below.
Cook with us! Calyx School students have a tradition of cooking on Thursdays together.
When we switched our program to an online format in March 2020 due to COVID 19, we kept right on cooking, integrating math, science, social studies, literacy and art into our weekly practice.
Now, we invite you to join us as we delve into the culture, history, and biology of our food. We will get to know one another as a diverse community of individuals. We'll cook marvelous food and explore our connections to our food, to one another, and to our earth.
Zoom as an Engaging Tool
Calyx uses Zoom like in and out breaths, coming together to mark beginnings and endings through the day. We provide all prompts, activities and recipes in writing so you and your child can be prepared and make decisions about how much or how little to participate in zoom meetings. We encourage families to be in tune with what works for your unique child and your unique situation and to be in communication with our mentors. Our goal is to minimize passive screen time and to maximize our time moving, exploring, cooking, sharing and connecting.
We will create a container for our experience through rituals and a rhythm that is predictable and consistent, and that will help your child navigate and self regulate through the day. Our goal is to spark curiosity, ignite creativity, and inspire the kind, gentle and just nature warrior in all of us. We will begin and end our learning time together with circle practice via Zoom. Morning circle at 9am (PST) provides an opportunity to come together in community to share song, movement, mindfulness practice, and our feelings as we launch our day together. At 11am (PST), we will return as a community via Zoom with all our ingredients and ready to cook! Calyx mentors will guide children in an interdisciplinary cooking experience, deepening our connections, learning, and relationships with food. We will finish our cooking in time for a lunch break, around 12 or 12:30 (PST). We will reconvene at 2pm (PST) for our Tea Party where we'll enjoy dressing up and exploring the people, places, cultures, and history behind our food. We will then bring our time together to a close around 3pm (PST) with song and story.
Program Fee and Payment Options
The program fee for Calyx Cooks is $300. Checks can be made out to SEA (our fiscal sponsor) and sent to Calyx at PO Box 1366, Freeland WA 98249. Please include a note indicating "Calyx Cooks" and the name of your child with your check. To pay via PayPal, please send payment to CalyxAdmin@whidbey.com and add a $5 service charge.
Calyx turns away no child due to the inability to pay. If this fee is beyond your means, please email Maisie at CalyxAdmin@whidbey.com to discuss sliding fee and scholarship options.
Registration Now Open!
Limited Spots Available
To register your child for Calyx Cooks, please complete the registration form by clicking the yellow button below. Your payment is due at the time of registration.
Checks can be made out to SEA and sent to Calyx at P.O. Box 1366, Freeland WA 98249. Please include a note indicating "Calyx Cooks" and the name of your child with your check.
To pay via PayPal, please send payment to CalyxAdmin@whidbey.com and add a $5 service charge.
Registration will be considered complete upon receipt of payment.