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Inspiring a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world.


If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. … It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate. 

- Rachel Carson
  The Sense of Wonder

Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program teaches students to respect their natural world by using methods that encourage sensory exploration and experiential learning in a farm-and-wilderness environment. Balanced with age-appropriate scientific investigation and topics that address Next Generation Science Standards, our programs are designed to promote both discovery and continuing curiosity for the environment.

Demonstrating the interconnectedness of life.

Becoming aware of the relationship of all living things to other living things is the key to knowing ourselves. It is the basis for understanding the intricate web of life.

- Josephine Duveneck, Founder

While exploring our organic farm, we encourage children to connect with the sources of their food and we explore ways in which animals and plants are part of our everyday lives. Our wilderness trails provide the perfect classroom to see how the balance of ecosystems depends on the relationships of their plants and animals.

Instilling a caretaker ethic and providing tools for action.

At Hidden Villa, we believe that a caretaker ethic for all life naturally arises from an appreciation for the environment. Recognition of the interconnectedness of living things helps us understand that our own actions affect life all around us. Our teaching philosophy involves three progressive concepts: awareness, care, and action. We begin by teaching awareness and respect for the natural world, then progress to the ethic of caring for it. Finally, we explore actions that can be taken to improve our world. Students develop an understanding of the small ways in which they can be stewards of the environment. Our aim is to inspire students towards actions that will benefit our environment and one another.

Pre-K to 1st Grade

2nd to 6th Grade