Community Stewardship Program
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!
In 2010, a group of third graders proposed that a Lower School Wild Kids session be created. In 2012, a group of high schoolers proposed that a High School Wild Kids session be created. And, in 2014 a group of Kindergarten parents proposed a Kindergarten Wild Kids session. Today, Wild Kids includes students from every grade level, Kindergarten through High School Seniors!
Each aspect of our program involves the current Wild Kids and Wild Kids alumni. They are engaged in decision-making, logistics, website design and maintenance, inner-island trip planning, Montana trip planning, community service and activism, guiding after school groups and guiding summer trips to Montana. Founding member, Aaron Tod, who graduated from Le Jardin Academy in May, 2015, summed it up,
"No one understands and believes in our vision more than we do. We are the ones who should run the program. Wild Kids is for everyone, at every age, and, if you're part of the program, you're part of building it, running it and sharing it with others."