Seeds of Love Collective
Seeds of Love Collective was started by Brooke Mitschang to create a community centered collaboration among teachers, children, and families working together to nurture our academic and social-emotional development in connection with nature.
Open Wilderness Literacy & Science (OWLS) Outdoor Education
We work together in the development of Brooke's Open Wilderness Literacy and Science (OWLS) program in which she provides a kind and safe community for neurodiverse learners ages 6-11 to enjoy authentic, hands-on learning experiences outdoors.
We meet at Camp Herms in El Cerrito (three weeks a month) or in the Tilden Nature Area (one week a month) on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students may attend 1, 2, or 3 days a week. They may also be dropped off at 9 am or 11am. Pick up is at 3:15pm.
Our 2022-2023 OWLS groups across Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays consisted of 14 students. Depending on the day, anywhere between 1-8 students were present. Throughout the year, we had: two 6 year olds, three 7 year olds, an 8 year old, four 9 year olds, and four 10-11 year olds.
OWLS Family Experiences
Collective Languages & Cultures
Nature inspires units of inquiry! Literacy skills are practiced and strengthened alongside deep investigations into plants, animals, and fungi. Scientific knowledge is expanded upon through guided reading, novel exploration, and interactive writing that supports academic and social-emotional development.
We love to do various projects engaging with our environment. At Camp Herms, we are able to forage, harvest, and build. We tend to many garden planter boxes and enjoy eating and cooking what we grow. We are able to harvest wood to build fires for warmth and cooking, as well as, to make things like burn bowls.
Family Friday News
Every Friday, Brooke sends home a Family Newsletter that includes:
Daily Community Highlights: animals, games, and projects.
Home Study Connections
Family Friendly Events