Nature Sage Program

Nature Sages

Grade: 7th-9th

Class Size: 10 (Friday class is 20 with two instructors)

Class Duration:  3 hours, 25 mins  

Class Tuition: $489/8-week session (includes food for one overnight campout)

 Campout Note: There is one overnight campout each session in lieu of regular class, usually Week #7.  The campout may be at Sienna Ranch or will be within a one-hour drive.  Exact dates will be given closer to the start of each session.   

*Connecting Waters Charter School does not cover the overnight so please be prepared to pay $61 and Connecting Waters will cover the remainder of the class.

Sienna Ranch’s Nature Sages Teen Program is designed to deepen each student’s connection with nature while building an individual sense of self and purpose. Through hands-on creative projects we will build skills related to survival, nature connection, homesteading, and ancient arts. By fostering an awareness of the outside world, we will build connections to our inner experience through personal reflection and group activities. Nature Sages will have the opportunity to grow as leaders and mentors by facilitating activities for our younger students- the Explorers and Junior Ranchers. Hiking, team building activities, and animal interactions/care will be regular aspects of the program as well. There will be opportunity to directly apply learned survival skills in the campout held once a session.

Nature Sages is open to all levels of experience. Whether you have grown up at Sienna Ranch or you are joining us for the very first time- everyone is welcome!

Students in the program are:

  • Able to hike minimum two miles with a full backpack
  • Able to sit and participate in group discussions
  • Able to focus on a project for up to an hour
  • Excited to challenge themselves in new ways
  • Willing to work hard on projects that benefit the Ranch community
  • Stoked to spend a night camping at the ranch or offsite
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty


Make your day at Sienna Ranch last a little longer! Extensions are 1 hour in duration and directly follow the Friday Nature Sages Class. Our staff will guide students from one class to the next in order to ensure a smooth transition. You can register for Extension Classes during the class registration process. *Note* Extensions only meet 7 times since there is no extension held the day of each campout.

Nature Sages Apprentice Extension

Grade (as of September 2019): 7th-9th 

Class Size: 10 students


1) *NEW* Thursday Extension: 1:30-3:20pm. $263* / 8-week session 

Thursday extension is open to students enrolled in any of our Nature Sage classes (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday). Thursday morning Nature Sages wishing to enroll in Apprentice Extension must enroll in Ranch Connection also.

2) Friday Extension: 2:00-2:55pm. $139* / 8-week session 

Friday Apprentice Extension is only open to students enrolled in Friday Nature Sages

*Credit available if apprentice volunteer agreement is fulfilled by assisting in holiday and summer camps; more information upon applying. If original tuition is paid with Charter School Funds Sienna Ranch will provide families a Sienna Ranch Credit to be used for any future programming desired. 

Nature Sages Apprentice Extension focuses on developing leadership skills under the careful mentorship of Sienna Ranch instructors. Apprentice Extension students may find themselves working in our scholarship garden, honing their naturalist skills, learning how to lead games and tell stories for younger students, and engaging in discussions and personal reflection on their leadership style and values. Sages will also be mentored through what it means to be an instructor’s assistant at the ranch, while having fun at our favorite spots around the property. Apprentice Extension is geared towards preparing students for being assistants in Sienna Ranch camps, however being an assistant is not a requirement.

NOTE: Thursday Apprentice Extension is a longer class, so Thursday Apprentice Extension students will go deeper into mentorship and leadership skills. Thursday Apprentices will get the opportunity to directly mentor younger Explorers students while being observed and mentored by their Sienna Ranch instructor.

Pottery Extension

Grade (as of September 2018): 5th-9th 

Class Size: 8 students

Class Duration: 1 hour, offered Fridays 2-2:55 PM

Class Tuition: $139/8-week session

Pottery students will learn basic hand building techniques while drawing inspiration from the natural landscape and ranch life surrounding us. We will touch upon elements of design, texture, balance, and fundamentals of construction and glaze application.  Any level of clay experience is welcome. Projects will be designed to cumulatively build skills and inspire creativity. Pottery Extension is offered Fridays only and requires enrollment in Friday AM Explorers (Grades 5-6) or Nature Sages (Grades 7-9).  See more info about our Pottery Program here.

Market Farming Extension and Produce Box

Grade (as of September 2019): 5th-9th

Class Size: 4 students

Class Duration: 1 hour, offered Fridays 2:00-2:55 PM

Class Tuition: $172/8-week session (This price includes four bi-weekly take-home produce boxes)

Ever wanted to know how real farmers grow food for market? In Market Farming Extension we will learn real farm techniques such as efficient planting, crop selection and rotation, organic pest management, and natural soil care. By the end of this class, participants will be able to plan, manage, harvest and prepare produce for the market or the table.

Every other week we will harvest a personalized farm produce box to take home for dinner. Each bi-weekly produce box will contain about three fresh bundles of greens to share with your family, as well as other seasonal gems such as chicken eggs, red radishes, fruit, or flowers to brighten your home, see picture below for an example. The included produce box cost goes to the Emilie Inman Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Meet the Instructors:


Anna grew up on an orchard in Oregon City, OR. As a child she loved writing songs, climbing trees, eating wild edible plants, and pretending to be a “tree doctor”- bringing trees plant medicine when they got nicked by the tractor. To this day all of those things still bring her joy! That’s why she’s so grateful to spend each day at Sienna Ranch. Anna went to Cornell University to study environmental science and education, always knowing she wanted to share her wonder and love of song and nature with children.


Eliot grew up playing in the creeks and parks of Franklin, Indiana. He studied English Literature and Philosophy/Religious Studies at Elmira College in New York and then spent the next 6 years traveling around the country (and the world) studying and teaching environmental education, including stops at High Trails Outdoor Science School in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California and Hava v’ Adam, an ecological farm in Modi’in, Israel. He believes that spending time outdoors is important, and that everyone should learn a little bit about how to grow their own food and cook it, too. His hobbies include: making music, cooking, hiking, gardening, scrabble, frisbee, watching football and just being outside.


Classes are eight weeks long.  Join us for one session, or register for the full year.

Registration opens Wednesday May 15th, 2019!

Before registering, please read and understand our refund and discount policies.

2019-20 School Year Dates

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Sep 1-Oct 26 Oct 27 -Jan 11 Jan 12-Mar 7 March 22-May 23
no class 9/2 no class: 11/25- 12/1; 12/23-1/5 no class: 1/20 no class: 3/30-4/5