What better place for your kid(s) to learn and build an affinity for nature than Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve? It sits on the border of South San Jose and Morgan Hill nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountain foothills and the Diablo Range. Home to burrowing owls, California badgers, endangered tiger salamanders and mammals such as coyote and grey fox, everything we need is right here! An outdoor science laboratory, learning through hands on experiments, observation, and art! What more can a kid ask for, right?
While we deliver themed lesson plans to the students parents are encouraged to walk on the beautiful Arrowhead Trail to look for raptors, woodpeckers, wild turkeys, deer, bobcat and so much more! Walking in nature is a fantastic way to stay healthy mentally and physically. Bring a lunch so you can hang out at the wooden picnic benches under a 300-year-old Valley Oak. When possible, we bring in special guest speakers with live animals such as turtles and tortoises, bats, owls, birds, hawks, snakes, and lizards.
Richard Tejeda (aka Mr. Richard) has degrees from West Valley College in Park Management and from San Jose State University in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainable Water Resources. He is the 2020 Environmentalist of the Year, a generalist naturalist and the founder and Executive Director of Saved By Nature. He has worked for CA State Parks, Santa Clara County Parks, Open Space Authority, Monterey Bay Salmon Trout Project, Valley Water and created the homeschool program in 2008 at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy where he taught for 6 years.
Sean Reedy (aka Puma) brings two decades of credentialed teaching, coaching, and advocacy experience in East Gilroy along with a Masters of Science in Applied School Leadership. An enthusiastic hiker, trail runner, and cyclist, Sean has a passion to share nature with others that inspired him to become a University of California Naturalist and certified interpreter.
Homeschool classes run weekly during the normal school year with holidays, and summer off. We are approved with Ocean Grove Charter School!
Students' first day of school:
This is a drop off program.
You can join at anytime.
August 31st, 2021
Students' last day:
May 24th, 2021
Parking is free.
Members receive a $5 discount.
The cost is per class and limited to 20 students:
$25 for 1 student (non-members)
$20 for 1 student (members)
*$400 for entire 1st semester (non-members)
*$320 for entire 1st semester (members)
*Families who pay for an entire semester get the final (seventeenth) class free
Saved By Nature Homeschool Calendar
Semester 1 (17 classes)
September: 7, 14, 21, 28
October: 5, 12, 19, 26
November: 2, 9, 16, 30
December: 7, 14
January: 4, 11
Semester 2 (17 classes)
January: 18, 25
February: 1, 8, 15, 22
March: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April: 19, 26
May: 3, 10, 17, 24
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Unit 1 – Animal Life
This unit covers vertebrates and invertebrates:
Aug 31st - Animal life cycles
Sept 7th - Animal adaptations - Mountain lions
Sept 14th - Animal fossils
Sept 21st - Animal tracks
Set 28th -
Unit 2 – Animals and Plants in Ecosystems
This unit discusses environments, ecosystems, and habitats, as well as grasslands, deserts, and tundra. Also covered are animal adaptations, coniferous, deciduous, and tropical forests, as well as freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, and a habitat for mold.
Unit 3 – Animals and Plants Living Together
This unit discusses interactions among and competition between living things. Also covered are food webs, changes and patterns of change in environments, what makes a healthy environment for humans, healthy food for humans, and how we get energy from food, and mushroom spore prints.
Nov 2nd – Mushroom Spores
Nov 9th – Food Webs
Nov 16th – Owl Pellet Dissection and Prey Identification
Nov 23rd - No class
Nov 30th – Food and Energy
Unit 4 – Plant Life
This unit discusses similarities and differences between plants, different plant parts, how different plants make seeds, how seeds grow, and fossils.
Dec 7th - Plant identification
Dec 14th - Plant a seed and plant fossils
Unit 5 – Water
This unit discusses why water is important and how it is used. Also covered are the different states of water, the water cycle, how water can be cleaned, and what snowflakes are like.
Unit 6 – Weather
This unit discusses clouds, the atmosphere, how to measure and predict the weather, weather maps, and pollution alerts. It also covers different kinds of storms, such as blizzards, tornadoes, and hurricanes, as well as storm watches and warnings and the effect of carbon dioxide on water.
Unit 7 – Rocks and Soil
In this unit students discuss differences and similarities of rocks, rock layers, and sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock, as well as minerals and many ways they are used, our need for soil, and layers and types of soil. They also discuss what animals use dirt for.
Unit 8 – Changes on Earth's Surface
In this unit students discuss different layers and landforms on the earth. Students also explore volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, and erosion.
Unit 9 – Earth's Natural Resources
This unit discusses natural resources, what they are and how to manage them, including conservation, landfills, reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Unit 10 – Properties of Matter
This unit discusses what matter is, its states, and how to measure mass, volume, density, and length.
Unit 11 – Changes in Matter
This unit discusses mixtures and solutions, physical and chemical changes in matter, and how we use chemical changes.
Unit 12 – Forces and Motion
This unit discusses motion, position, speed, force, friction, gravity, magnetism, and work.
Unit 13 – Sound
This unit discusses vibration, pitch, and sound waves, how humans, musical instruments, and animals make sound, how we hear sound, and how sound travels through matter.
Unit 14 – Looking at the Sky
This unit discusses how the earth spins, which creates day and night, and how the earth travels around the sun once each year. It also covers the phases of the moon, the constellations, and how the atmosphere gives the sky its blue color.
Unit 15 – The Solar System
This unit discusses the sun, the inner, outer, and dwarf planets, why there is life on Earth, and how a planet's distance from the sun determines its temperature.