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Welcome to Wild Desert Kids, where learning takes root in the heart of nature. Our mission is to provide children with the space and freedom to explore the world around them, fostering a deep connection to their natural environment.

Our program is designed to cater to all children, recognizing their innate affinity for the outdoors. Here, they not only flourish amidst natural settings but also discover a profound sense of self and introspection through their interactions with nature.

We are dedicated to enriching your children’s learning journey, nurturing their confidence for future educational pursuits. We firmly believe that parents and caregivers are the foremost educators, equipped with the tools to offer optimal and memorable learning experiences.

Through an immersive hands-on approach, children will delve into nature-based subjects through literature, music, movement, and engaging sensory play with their peers. This holistic approach not only enhances their gross and fine motor skills but also fosters comprehension and critical thinking. It covers fundamental aspects such as language development, color recognition, and the refinement of fine and gross motor skills.

So, what does “nature-based” mean? Our activities revolve around utilizing natural materials that are readily available. We strive for authentic and meaningful learning experiences that can be recreated at minimal to no cost. Whether it’s using leaves and sticks to craft unique art projects or harnessing natural elements to teach concepts like counting, colors, sorting, and patterns, the possibilities are boundless.

As we embark on this exciting journey, we invite you to join us in this season of growth and exploration. We are eager to share the enriching experiences that await you and your children.

We are a forest school in the heart of the desert.

We are seeking passionate and experienced teachers to join Wild Desert Kids, a nature-based forest school located in Henderson, Nevada. As a WDK Teacher, you will play a vital role in creating a stimulating and engaging learning environment for our families, where they can develop a deep appreciation for the natural world through literature, play, movement, and more!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in developing and implementing engaging and hands-on outdoor education curriculum
  • Lead students in a variety of outdoor activities including walks, scavenger hunts, and nature exploration
  • Teach students about the environment around us
  • Foster a love of learning and a sense of wonder in the natural world
  • Create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students

Hourly Rate: $20-25/hr, DOE (1099 Position)

Required Hours: 2-4 hours per week, 8-16 hours per month (dependent on how many classes you teach)

Role Location: Henderson, Nevada (possibly Las Vegas if we open a second class)

Start Date: Mid-January (training day required for all new teachers in January)

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

  • 2-3+ Years of Experience working with children ages 2-6 years (does not need to be teaching experience, specifically)
  • Must have own working computer or laptop with high-speed internet access and printing capabilities
  • Must be able to communicate with WDK Families and Founder via necessary Apps (WhatsApp/BARD/etc.)
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with parents and children
  • CPR / First Aid Certified (or willing to get certified within a reasonable amount of time)
  • Availability on Tuesday, Wednesday, and / or Thursdays for classes
  • Ability to adapt to individual group needs

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

  • Experience with nature-based play and exploration
  • Knowledge of sensory play
  • Active in community
  • Experience creating curriculum

THINGS TO KNOW / PERKS

  • You may not bring your own children to classes you are teaching as it is can be a big distraction for our families, unless it is the walking group. If you have extenuating circumstances, please let me know.
  • Must commit to entire session of teaching 12-16  week sessions. We understand that there may be emergencies or illnesses, however, we want consistency for our families.
  • Field trips (which are typically once per month) and session parties (once per session) are unpaid unless you are leading the field trip.
  • If you’d like to enroll your child in a WDK class you are not teaching, you will receive 50% off tuition for that session. 

Wild Desert Kids meets Monday – Thursday. Our Nature Walking Group meets on Mondays @ 9am. All other classes meet Tuesday – Thursday at varying times.

Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)

  • Fall Session | September – November
  • Winter Session I | December – January
  • Winter Session II | January – March
  • Spring Session | March – May
  • Summer Session | Tentatively Break

(time subject to change based on interactions and interest in the subject/activities etc)

Sample Schedule (Subject to Change)

Please note that Wild Minis meets for 1-1.5 hours, Wild Babes meets for 1 hour, and Wild Littles meet for 1.5 hours.

  • 10:00-10:15 Circle; Welcome song, story time, and discussion
  • 10:15-10:45 Hands on Activity
  • 10:45-11:00 Closing Song/Movement/Clean up

Our home park will be disclosed if hired, but will be in the Henderson area. All locations will be announced and scheduled ahead of classes. An outline of dates and locations will be sent in the Teacher Handbook so you can plan accordingly.

Our meetings can/will take place at locations like Cornerstone Park, Paseo Vista Park, Mission Hills Park, Discovery Park, etc.

While not having one consistent location is not always ideal, it allows for a change of scenery, learning opportunities, and opportunities for a lot more growth with children. It can also be weather dependent.

We may also have 1-2 meetups at Miss Leanna’s house for holiday parties, community service, guest speakers, etc.

This is a parent-child group. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to engage with their child during the activities and lessons. This allows parents to learn ways to teach their child about the world around them in fun and different styles.  Teachers should encourage parent participation in whatever capacity is needed.

We will work together to cultivate trust, respect, gratitude, and friendship in our little learning groups. We will always show respect to each other, the facility and land we explore. Please bring up any issues to us privately so we can work on the best way to handle them if they come up.

Prevention is key and we want to keep our kiddos and their family members healthy this season! We ask all families to keep their child home if they show any of the following symptoms.

  • Fever over 100°F
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Constant runny nose
  • Rash
  • Cough or any symptoms of concern

If you show up to a meetup and you or your child show any signs of sickness, we will ask you to head home to get better and for the safety of everyone else.

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Please note that all teachers are required to be CPR / First Aid Certified for the safety of our kiddos.
Please note we may not be hiring for all age groups at this time, but like to take preference into consideration.
Wild Desert Kids is based in Henderson. We *may* offer a more central class next session in Las Vegas, depending on interest, but it is not a guaranteed class.
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