Curriculum

Let nature work her magic as your child discovers the wonder of planting, 
nurturing and harvesting food both from the garden and from wild lands.

We provide a flexible curriculum to serve your class, group and child's needs.

Reinventing summer camp - Kids in nature put down roots for a strong foundation. 
When kids interact with gardens and wild lands they uncover skills to help them be more observant, respectful and open minded. Nature is a profound teacher of subtle interactions, interacting with nature  allows children's character to grow organically and connect to the worlds natural rhythms. A lifetime of deep satisfaction in  ourselves begins with our connection to the natural world.

Infinite opportunities for inspiration ( choose a curriculum that suits your needs or create your own combination for the perfect garden experience). Menu of topics you may want to include team building, story telling,  native plants and landscapes, gardening, nutrition, hiking, outdoor safety and skills, geology.

Current ongoing programs:
Story telling - Telling stories in nature begins through observation. We work as a group to create a story about the world we observe.  Developing images, interview skills and story telling methods while uncovering our relationship to nature, our diet, health and society. Skills in story telling and image making through drawn images, collage photography and treasure hunts as well as round group narrative development. Learn, listen and develop narrative skills.( $20 for 2 hours, Minimum 5 students)

The Mi-wok grocery store. Take a hike with Daisy Carlson and learn about California natives and the foods of the Mi-wok Indian. Exploring the relationship of modern foods to the foods that were foraged from the wild lands. Explore the dynamics of plastic packaging and the sea.  In this 3.5 hour hike and adventure in the Marin headlands we visit the marine Mammal center, the native plant nursery and the beach while walking to The Park's visitor center to uncover more secrets on the trail. Available with picnic lunch option. This journey will open your eyes to a wonderful and wild world of the Marin Headlands. ($30, Minimum 5 students, healthy lunch $10)

Garden Week.  Sow seeds, transplant starts and harvest vegetables. One week the will give your child a lifetime of food possibilities. Each day on the farm will include a journal entry, a drawing and a personal observation from nature as well as solid engagement with the plant world from propagation to harvest. Mornings 9 - 12 Mid June - July at our Point Richmond Nursery.
($150 per week , Minimum 5 students)

Garden Week Schedule
Day One - Sowing Select vegetables they would like to grow. Sow seeds in portable garden boxes that they can take home on Friday as well as flats for the nursery. Get to know each other.
Day Two - Transplant starts into our garden that have already been planted a few weeks earlier.
Day three - Wondrous weeds walk. Sustainable gardening observation and permaculture principles.
Day Four -Soil, compost, watering, and weeding. Foraging learning about native plants, Indian diets. Make tea from Yerba Buena, discover seeds, tubers, nuts and nutritional equivalents in stores today.
Day Five - Harvest vegetables for pre-lunch snack. Taking home a story, and  a boxed liberty garden These seeds of change are ready to keep your child engaged  all summer  with the miracle of  Sun love and water to create our food. 

2011 ongoing work:
National Parks service : Interpretive walks with class field trips to the lighthouse discovering native plants, and the history of the lighthouse.
Installed educational California Native gardens at  the Marin Headlands Visitor Center and Parks Conservancy native plant nursery.
Facilitated volunteers and students at the Marin headlands Nursery.
Hosted and coordinated Student film project Sponsored by Teens Turning Green, Wholefoods and the California Film Institute. 15 kids 15 movies about food.

Example of custom curriculum with last summers film project
Sponsored by Whole Foods and Teens Turning Green A group of teens made films about their relationship to food that were later screened at the California Film Institute.
Day 1 - An Introduction into the world of healthy food.
Short films will be screened and students will gain some wisdom on the topics and framework of the week.
10 am Welcome students + framework for the workshop (breakfast)
11 am Screening of films
1 pm Healthy Lunch
2:00 Walk to outdoor location to discover  The art of story, telling a story about food
3:00 pm  Making a healthy snack together.
4:00 pm Day ends

Day 2 (august 2) - Developing their story 
Marin Headlands
Students will be taught the framework of how to tell a story. 
A morning hike talking about what we observe and how to frame that in a story. 
Guest Speaker: Daisy Carlson
Task: Journal writing exercise
Start story outline : My food at home
Visit Marine Mammal Center, Native Plant nursery, Hike with boxed lunch to visitor center.

Day 3 (august 3) - Storyboard
Location: Sausalito Office of Teens Turning Green
Students will be taught how to develop a storyboard for their story
Story boards started in Carlson's classthe day before undergo more development
Show + Tell: Professional storyboards
Task: Students to develop a storyboard and review yesterdays interviews.
Food/Field Trip: Tony Tutto Pizza Mill Valley. Noci Organic Ice Cream

Day 4 (august 4) - Making the Movie :
Students will start to work on their film
Guest Speaker: Filmmaker (tbd)
Show + Tell: Film reel
Task: Start shooting film
Lunch : tbd
Field Trip: Green Gulch
(Marin Organic/ Scott Davidson)
(use the weekend to work on film with team)

Day 5 (august 8) Making the Movie: Day 2
Day 2 of shooting; interview, track, music etc
Guest Speaker: Professional Editor
Task: work on film
Field Trip: Whole Foods Market Blithedale (farmers market)
Lunch: Whole Foods Market Blithedale

Day 6 (august 9) Edit- Day 1 Rough Cut


Daisy Carlson in addition to being the CEO of Daisy Arts Inc. has worked extensively in aid and education projects around the world. 20 years of economic development experience with both challenged adults as well as impoverished communities. Carlson has raised funds for and taught at orphanages and schools on four continents which has given her a unique set of interdisciplinary skills.  Carlson's focus on sustainable development  is complimented by  her practice and ongoing studies at Stanford. Carlson recently received her certificate in interpretive training and CPR from the National Parks Service.  She is an active volunteer for the NPS and Parks Conservancy.