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Homeschool Outdoor Program

The Trackers Homeschool Outdoor Program is comprised of outdoor skills and artisan crafts for homeschooled and independent study students. You drop off your child and we guide them into a fantastic world of adventure and ancient skills.

Enrollment open for 2018-2019!

Outdoor Learning Year-Round

Our courses are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of homeschool families. Trackers programs are conducted almost entirely outdoors, fostering active engagement with the lessons and the land. For some specific projects in Berkeley we may also utilize our historic Trackers Guild Hall for fine craftwork projects and more. 

All students learn skills from all four Trackers guilds:

Rangers Guild
Outdoor Survival, Animal Tracking and The Curriculum of Shadows
Wilders Guild
Wild Plants, Homesteading and The Way of the Wilder: Regenerative Ecological Relationships
Mariners Guild
Fishing, Aquatic Plants and Water Ecology
Artisans Guild
Theater & Storytelling, Fine Craft Work and Leadership

Monday Rovers Forest School Kindergarten and Preschool

We believe that our youngest students are capable of significantly more than they are often given credit for. For our 4 and 5-year-olds we have crafted a careful curriculum that balances outdoor exploration and natural skills. Learn more on our Forest Kindergarten and Preschool page.

New: Multi-Day Micro-School

For students age 5 - 14 in Berkeley wanting to extend their learning, we are excited to offer our new micro-school option. All students who sign up for all three days will be grouped together with the same instructor, allowing for more in-depth mentoring and personalization of projects. Parents will be able to collaborate with our staff to link our learning at Trackers to their own home-based independent study. Learn more about micro-school! 

Locations and Times for 2018-2019 School Year

Contact us for availability in any courses still in session.

Berkeley Forest Kindergarten & Preschool Monday 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Ages 4-5
Berkeley Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM Ages 6-16
Livermore Thursday 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Ages 6-16
Livermore Friday 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Ages 6-16

A non-refundable $75 deposit is required to hold your space at the time of registration.

2018-2019 Homeschool Registration Information


To secure your space for Fall 2018 we require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child, per enrolled day.  Choose our easy monthly payment plan, or pay your balance for the year in full by 8/15 for a 5% discount. Charter school payments are not eligible for the discount. However, if you are paying partially by charter school and partially out of pocket, all out of pocket totals paid in full by 8/15/18 are eligible for the 5% discount. 

If you enroll in a payment plan, your monthly payment is your full year's tuition divided by 9. Monthly tuition charges are NOT based on the number of classes in that specific month. This is for ease of accounting and budgeting. Payments are automatically debited once monthly from September - May. Please note that registrations are for a full year; however, we do allow for mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below). 

Please note that our groups are based on children's age as of September 1, 2018, and this rule applies for the entirety of our 2018-2019 school year. Children must have turned 4 before the September 1 cut-off to join our Preschool program and 6 to join our other Homeschool programs. We must receive at least one weeks notice to schedule any new students for our Homeschool program.

Tuition Fees and Dates

Info packet coming soon! 

Our 2018-19 tuition levels are as follows. 

  • Berkeley Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays: 30 program days / $2,160 ($240 per month)
  • Livermore Thursdays or Fridays: 25 program days / $1,525 ($169 per month)
Fremont/Pleasanton and Livermore groups have 5 additional, optional Special Sessions that cover woodcarving and fire techniques. These classes are not covered by several charter schools (see info packet for more details). Students are not automatically registered for special sessions, and must sign up for them separately in Fall. You will be emailed more information about this. 

  • Livermore supplemental sessions: 5 program days on TBD dates / $34 per session 

Please note that our program begins on Monday, September 10th, 2018 and ends on Friday, May 24, 2019. There is no Trackers Homeschool during holiday breaks.

Trackers Homeschool will not meet the following dates (not included in total tuition):

  • Nov. 19 - Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Holiday 
  • Dec. 17 - Jan. 4: Winter Break 
  • Jan. 7 - Jan. 11: Trackers Staff Winter Break Holiday Week
  • Berkeley Preschool Only: January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 18 - 22: Feb. Break Camps
  • April 1 - April 5: Spring Break Camps

Camps are available for Winter Break, February Break, Spring Break programs. Please visit our calendar to see all of our program dates.

For Livermore and Fremont/Pleasanton Homeschool ONLY: Special session classes meet on a series of 5 TBD dates - look for that information this summer.

Trial Days

We want your child to experience our program so your family can decide if it is the best fit for them. We will begin taking reservations for Fall trial days pending available space on Tuesday August 21st. Single day trials are $55. If you then sign up for the program, your total tuition will be pro-rated for the time remaining in our year. Contact Us for more information.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-year cancellations and withdrawals. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the year. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals. All cancellations must be made in writing via email. 
  • For all withdrawals, we will retain your non-refundable deposit as a $75 withdrawal fee.
  • After the withdrawal fee has been subtracted, we will refund any pre-paid tuition prorated for time not attended.

Potential Guild Activities

Rangers Guild

Rangers Guild

The Rangers Guild are the scouts of the forest. Students train in stealth, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. If you ever loved the books My Side of the Mountain or Lord of the Rings the Rangers Guild is where you want to be.

Rangers may build a shelter, learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, craft simple bows, or play fun stealth games to build outdoor fitness. They can loose an arrow with keen aim and steady eye.

Rangers are also master naturalists. They know the language and sign of all birds, beasts, and plants that live in wild.

Wilders Guild

Wilders Guild

Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Students could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or press apples in the cider press while dancing to fine fiddle music.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in family gardens or even working on fiber arts projects.

They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals over a fire, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric. Through their thoughtful care of the forests and the meadows, the Wilders bring balance cultivation and care of the natural world.

Mariners Guild

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The Mariners Guild trains us in the skills of the water and sea. Mariners may study water ecology to learn about aquatic creatures. They could tie knots and even partake in artistic knot work.

In the Mariner's wood shop, we may build a canoe or other traditional skin on frame boat. Most importantly, the Mariners Guild goes fishing and kayaking! While they may not guarantee a catch, Mariners always have a good time sitting by the shore and casting. With the Mariners Guild, you can count coming home with a safe adventure on the water and a tall tale about the "big one that got away."

Artisans Guild

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The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of storytellers and craftspeople. Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity, and teamwork.

Artisans also share their stories through craft and art: From safe and successful metal working projects for younger students to more challenging blacksmithing techniques for older students. The Artisans also express their own story through painting and other art media; they create beautiful and useful things with their leatherworking and woodcraft projects. Through their craft, stories, and incredible adventures, the Artisans will take you on an unforgettable journey.