students thrive in a model of authentic learning. In this hands-on, rich, thematic, choice-based curriculum learners engage
in authentic assignments and tasks that benefit the natural environment while absorbing deep and lasting lessons about environmental
These days many gifted children express fear that the world is becoming too polluted
and that nature is being destroyed. Engaging in activities that actually benefit nature help gifted children to process their
feelings and provide a way to empower them. Learning by doing is a model by which most gifted learners internalize knowledge.
This program immerses the student in a learning experience of environmental science, art and humanities. Students also discover
the impact small choices can have on big things such as our oceans, our communities and the world at large.
The primary theme of this curriculum is the hands-on project of restoring an urban creek. Students learn about the
importance of watersheds in the environment and how to protect them. They learn about native plants and invasive species. They
learn in-depth about soil and water. Learners see and experience wildlife up close and personal. This program is deeply rich
in biology, biodiversity and ecology, with forays into social justice, humanities and art along the way.
Ample research shows the benefits of a nature immersion program, while less popular in the United
States, hundreds of successful Forest Schools operate in Europe, Australia and other countries. You can
learn details about all that here: Forest Schools.
This program is consistent with our philosophy and mission to follow and serve the interests of gifted students.
For years our students have demonstrated a high engagement and interest in nature, wildlife, ecosystems and the
natural world. We see students come alive and at the same time centered and focused in the woods. We've
seen this in all of the many classes we've presented in nature from the very inception of our program. In
classes such as:
"Creek to Bay"
of the Watershed"
"Biology and History of Redwoods"
"Bio-diversity of Salamanders"
The BLC Forest School engages learners with direct connections and authentic learning experiences with
the world in which we live. Experiential learning curriculum imparts deep meaningful and life long lessons
about how individuals can participate as change agents and advocates for our forests and other vulnerable ecosystems.
Our program has access to 90,000 acres of Regional Park Lands here in the East Bay and nearby beaches
as well! October and November you will find us at the beach exploring tide pools and learning about the ocean
with our marine biologists. See link at right "Ocean Adventures" for more details. Click here for details on enrollment.