Packing List & FAQs
What Wild Kids Need for Weekday Hikes
Day pack (small backpack)
Shoes that you don't mind getting muddy
Clothes that can get dirty (we encourage long pants to protect from the ever vigilant mosquitoes!)
Plastic bag (grocery)
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
Wild journal (for 3rd grade and above)
A positive attitude and open mindset!
Optional: Camera, Binoculars, Compass, First Aid Kit (Our Wild Guides carry First Aid Kits, but some kids like to carry their own. If your child brings a First Aid Kit, it should only include basic wound care: bandaids and antibiotic cream.)
Wild Art Participants: Wild Art Journal for sketches and scrapbooking
Wild Art Participants: Wild Art Box: Include an assortment of the following: pencils, erasers, colored pencils, markers, roll of scotch tape, small bundle of string, a glue stick, small scissors, water color (optional), 2-3 paint brushes that can get dirty
What Wild Kids Need for Weekend Hikes
Everything that you bring on weekday hikes
Two full water bottles
What Wild Parents Always Need During Wild Kids Sessions
Plastic bag for muddy shoes
Old sheet or towels for muddy kids
What Wild Kids NEVER Need
Nice clothes that you really care about keeping clean
Brand new shoes
An enormous backpack
Moans, groans or phones (seriously, no cell phones*)
*If your child has a cell phone, he or she may keep it in his or her school backpack and get it after the hike. Our Wild Guides carry phones for communication with parents.
WHAT DO WE DO IN WILD KIDS?
Twice a week after school for two hours, we explore the land adjacent to Le Jardin Academy’s campus and enjoy mud slides, scavenger hunts, hiking, tree climbing, making up games, building shelters, creating nature-based art, camouflage activities, scouting for trails, tracking birds, and searching for the magical forest elves known as "Little Greenies." In addition to our after school adventures, we invite families and friends to join us on three different weekend excursions, including various hikes on the island, snorkeling with marine biologists, and community service projects that are centered around environmental stewardship. To culminate each session, we host a family camp-out at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe.
If you have a wild imagination, a wild spirit, and care about wild places, then Wild Kids is for you!
WHO CAN JOIN?
Each session is designed for multi-age groups. However, we also hold sessions for specific grade levels. Keep an eye out for session flyers and registration!
We usually combine 3rd-4th graders and K-2nd graders for our Lower School sessions.
For our Middle School sessions, we combine 5th-7th graders to help bridge the transition from lower school to middle school. 8th grade students are paired with 9th grade students to help bridge the transition from middle school to high school.
Any child on O'ahu is eligible to join!
WHERE DO WE MEET?
Our meeting locations are listed on our session calendars and may vary depending on the time of year. However, regardless of exact location on campus, we always meet at Le Jardin Academy after school and then venture into the forest together.
Our weekend meeting locations are listed on our session calendars and vary for each session.
WHaT TIME DO AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES START and end?
K-2nd grade students: we start at 2:35 and finish at 5:00pm.
3rd-5th grade students: we start at 2:50pm and finish at 5:15pm.
Middle School students: we start at 3:30pm and finish at 5:30pm.