Beneath the fragrant boughs of Cedar, Fir, Alder and Spruce, beside the salty lapping song of the Salish Sea, and under the benevolent gaze of the Olympic mountain range, Calyx weaves a deeply alive, developmentally appropriate, and connected community within which the wild imaginations, open hearts and bright minds of our students can flourish.
Calyx Nature School is a learning community for ages 5 – 11 (and growing), supported by a dynamic group of individuals and families – parents, grandparents, educators, and children – working together to create a progressive alternative learning community on Whidbey Island.
Just as our forest finds balance through its web of connections, so Calyx deepens its programs through connecting with community partners, visiting artists, local experts, and local organizations.
Our breadth of connections have included: Service, Education & Adventure (SEA), Washington State Parks, South Whidbey Tilth, Orca Network, Langley Whale Center, Whidbey Audubon Society, Friends of Whidbey State Parks, South Whidbey Elementary School, Young Women Empowered, Whidbey Institute, and Whidbey Camono Land Trust.
Calyx works in collaboration with the following organizations:
Washington State Parks
A unique collaborative agreement with WA State Parks gives Calyx students the opportunity to be junior rangers, and provides an indoor classroom to support our largely outdoor programming in exchange for service to and stewardship for the Park. Calyx staff and students serve as the eyes and ears of the Park, which helps keep the Park open and safe.
Friends of Whidbey Parks
Through our partnership with the Park, our Calyx community is committed to serving as park stewards. We keep the trails clear, help the Friends of South Whidbey State Park group with local efforts, and assist park visitors with directions.