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Kindergarten - Eighth Grade After-School Program

About Our After-School Sessions

Wild Kids was started by a class of 6th graders at Le Jardin Academy in 2008. They convinced their teacher at the time, Christina Hoe, to take them to explore the forest adjacent to campus and, together, they designed a learning culture built on imagination, adventure, compassion, freedom and love of the land. Since then, each age group has been added as a direct result of bold young people demanding that they be included!

Our program is designed to offer students the freedom to make mistakes, create their own way (both literally and metaphorically), and hone their awareness of their surroundings, others and themselves. We specifically do not create structured lessons for each class. Wild Kids is built around exploration, discovery and imagination. It is not a science class or an outdoor survival course.

In Wild Kids, we encourage students to expand their comfort zones by trying new things and making mistakes. We firmly believe that the most solid self-confidence is built on the moments when we must rely on our own ingenuity and communication skills. For our program, this takes the form of teaching through questions and experience. We do not provide students with all of the answers, but guide them through their own problem-solving processes. This may include the following experiences: what to do with an invasive species, how to find the trail, how to build a shelter without man-made objects, how to identify a bird or plant, how to create a game that is safe but still fun, how to climb up a hill without creating erosion, how to keep everyone in the group safe, what to do if you get hurt, what to do about mosquitos, how to run in the forest without tripping, what to do when you make an unsafe choice, and a host of other conundrums that we may come across on our adventures. Allowing students to develop their own solutions and manage their own reactions is perhaps the most important lesson we provide.


Session & Payment Information

Each session is scheduled to run for six weeks. However, sessions generally take 7-8 weeks to complete in order to accommodate school breaks, Holidays and rescheduling due to inclement weather.


K-2nd Grade Wild Kids Session Pricing

  • 2 days/week: $260 (Includes 12 after school adventures and 2 weekend excursions)

  • 1 day/week: $210 (Includes 6 after school adventures and 2 weekend excursions)


3rd-8th Grade Wild Kids Session Pricing

  • 2 days/week: $300 (Includes 12 after school adventures, 2 weekend excursions, and a campout!)

  • 1 day/week: $250 (Includes 6 after school adventures, 2 weekend excursions, and a campout!)


WILD ART SESSION PRICING

  • Full Session :$250 (Includes 6 after school adventures, 2 weekend excursions, and a campout for grades 3rd-8th)


Important Note: Our session fees cover Wild Guide salaries, camping equipment and permits, first aid equipment, insurance, leadership training for our Junior Counselors, and various office related costs.

We do our very best to keep Wild Kids affordable for all families. If you find that the session fee is outside of your budget, please contact our team at wildkidshawaii@gmail.com. We will work with your family to ensure your child is able to participate.