Early Ecology

"Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature.  Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living."

-Zenobia Barlow


Annual Spring Picnic and Party!

Beaverwood Picnic Site

Joaquin Miller Park

Oakland, CA

Saturday April 28th

12- 2pm

Come celebrate Spring with us! We'll have face-painting, crafts, bubbles, a song circle, and a fired-up grill to help greet the season in style. If you are a current family or prospective family or just friends with anyone involved, you are welcome to join us! Bring something to grill (we'll have some to share too), a blanket to sit on, warm clothes (it can be cold in the redwoods), and be sure to dress your children in clothes that can get properly dirty! You may want to bring a change of clothes too as the creek is often running and any good party includes creek wading.

Please RSVP to info@earlyecology.com so we can have a sense for how many hot dogs to bring. Also, we love providing this party to connect our community and we also love donations too, if you can. Donations go to Joaquin Miller Park. The link below will take you to PayPal where you can contribute any denomination to earlyecology@gmail.com. Thank you so much!


Annual Mother’s Day Family Workshop

Esalen Institute

Big Sur, CA

 Joanna Ferraro & Sean Brennan

This Mother's Day weekend, celebrate and nourish yourself and your family. Esalen is a magical place for adults and children alike. Together we will create a community of families focused on fun, laughter, renewal, and friendship. This will be a memorable weekend of exploration, connection, creative expression, and play. We will build on the group's interests and offer opportunities for families to work and play together and apart.

To register: http://www.esalen.org/workshop/weekend-may-9-11/mothers-day-family-workshop

or call Esalen reservations at:  888-837-2536


Celebrating Fatherhood

Annual Workshop

Esalen Institute

Big Sur, CA

Joanna & Vinny Ferraro

Inspired by Big Sur's wild nature and the heartfelt path of fatherhood this will be a weekend of laughter, exploration and connection. There will be stories around the campfire, games, discussion and time for all to be nourished by Esalen's healing land and waters. We will use Esalen's Gazebo Park School, designed for children to climb, bike, garden, make music, dance, and care for farm animals, as well as the art barn and Esalen's extraordinary and expansive grounds. Whether you have been coming to Esalen for decades or are curious to come for the first time, join us for this special Father's Day experience. Saturday afternoon, we will offer a children's program , during which adults will be free to book a massage, enjoy some solitude or spend time with one another. This program is ideal for families with young child up to age 10. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To register visit www.esalen.org or call Esalen reservations at:  888-837-2536


Joanna Claassen & The Banana Slug String Band

Music & Nature Family Workshop

Date to be posted, check the Esalen website for details

Esalen Institute

Big Sur, CA

Celebrate summer in the land of rejuvenation with a unique collaboration between the Banana Slug String Band and Esalen’s Gazebo Park School environmental education teachers. We will use music, theater, puppetry, poetry, arts, and games to deepen our connection to this magical earth. The program will culminate in a performance by the budding children stars and the Banana Slug String Band. Together we’ll create a community of families to laugh, connect, and renew as we explore dance, family yoga, harvesting and eating delicious organic food, hiking among the redwoods on the Esalen grounds, a night walk, stargazing, and plenty of time to soak in the baths. We will watch the sun set on the ocean bluff and feed the goats and chickens at Gazebo Park School. You’ve been busy all year; take the time to drop into your sense of wonder and reestablish your loving bond with each other and the earth. This workshop is open to children of all ages. Participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To register visit www.esalen.org or call Esalen reservations at:  888-837-2536

Check out the world famous banana slug string band: www.bananaslugstringband.com

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