Outdoor Education 

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.

2022-2023 Groups

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. 

2022-2023 Families

Some of our families have been homeschooling for years and some of our families have recently started homeschooling. One of our families was travel schooling. We enjoyed hosting students throughout the year on visit days.  Four of our students have graduated to middle school. 

Fall 2023

Our FALL Term groups for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

Sign up for a visit day today! *Receive 50% off your first visit day. **Siblings enrolled together are also eligible for a 5% discount. Email contact@seedsoflovecollective.org to schedule a visit.

OWLS Family Experiences


Collective Languages & Cultures

We practice using words from different languages and appreciate the words people use to communicate. 

Generally, when we start our community meeting, we have practiced the following greetings:

We each take turns welcoming all of us around the circle in the language of our choice.

Cultural Experiences

Outdoor Education

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.

Community Building Games

We also enjoy playing games. Here are some write ups to: 

Camp Herms

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:

For more information, check out our FAQ page. 

You may direct any other questions to contact@seedsoflovecollective.org