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Welcome to Sunbeam 

Earth-Based Learning for the New Generation

West Petaluma, CA 

Every child deserves ample time outdoors to play, explore, and move. At Sunbeam Nature School, our mission is to enable children and their families to get outside and play, celebrating and connecting with the joy and beauty of nature around us and within us.

 

We are a working & learning farm where we practice regenerative agriculture to honor the earth and water.

 

We fight climate change through gardening, shepherding, and community events. We host a year-round, tuition free co-op school for children ages 2 to 6 six years old and classes and camps for school-age children 4.5 years old and above.

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Enrollment Open for the  2024 Summer and Fall!

Our early childhood program for 2-6-year-olds is now a parent Co-op!

The Co-op is comprised of 12 children max each day. The mixed-age groups enable older children to mentor younger children; our ratio of 1:4 enables us to differentiate the learning experiences and work in small groups.

 

We are accepting applications for summer and fall 2024. Families who enroll will pay a monthly membership to cover supplies, materials, and administrative costs, and each family will be required to work three half-day shifts per month with the children, 8:30am - 12:30pm, with an additional four hours of volunteer work per month. The co-op community also collectively decides on the enrichment class budget for each semester.

We offer an afternoon program that incorporates rest time. If you need full-day hours, that is possible! Please message us for details.

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Nature Camps & After School Classes for ages 5-10

Spanish-immersion outdoor play, gardening and farm animals, co-authored creative projects and nature studies!

Offered June 10 - Aug 9 (except for June 19, July 4 & 5)

8:30am - 2:30pm *Extended care available until 3:30pm M-TH

How to Tour

The first step is to apply. You can choose a visit day in the drop-down menu of the registration form.

 

We offer visit days at least once a month, typically on Thursdays at 10:00am or at 1:30pm.

 

You may also RSVP for an upcoming event! 

Feb 25 Sunbeam Community Day:

Work Party and Open House! 10:00am - 1:00-pm

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David Sobel

"What's important is that children have an opportunity to bond with nature, to learn to love it, before being asked to heal its wounds."

Upcoming Events

  • Sunbeam Storytime and Fundraiser at Grand Central Petaluma!
    Sunbeam Storytime and Fundraiser at Grand Central Petaluma!
    Sat, Jun 15
    Petaluma
    Jun 15, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Petaluma, 226 Weller St, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Jun 15, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Petaluma, 226 Weller St, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Come listen to picture books that celebrate summer and purchase some farm stand goodies! All proceeds will go toward the costs of feeding and sheltering our chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs.
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  • Sunbeam Open House
    Sunbeam Open House
    Sat, Mar 09
    Petaluma
    Mar 09, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Mar 09, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Are you curious to find out more about our unique approach to outdoor learning in collaboration? Visit our farm school to learn what it means to us to belong to a community that is committed to preserving a child's right to freely explore, take risks, solve problems, and be connected to the earth.
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  • Community Work Day: Build out the Chicken Surrounds
    Community Work Day: Build out the Chicken Surrounds
    Sun, Feb 25
    Petaluma
    Feb 25, 2024, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Feb 25, 2024, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Would you like to come do some creative, resourceful building with us? Would you like to learn how to keep chickens safe in West Petaluma? Then this work day is for you! We're calling all volunteers to help us with some handy jobs, as well as some mud maintenance and materials organization.
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  • Community Education: Play is Learning!
    Community Education: Play is Learning!
    Wed, Nov 08
    Artaluma
    Nov 08, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Artaluma, 145 Keller Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
    Nov 08, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Artaluma, 145 Keller Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
    Come join us for the second in our community education series, all about play! Let's define what play is, what it isn't, and why it's invaluable to human development, as we explore our varying comfort levels with certain types of play.
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  • Dia de Los Muertos at Sunbeam!
    Dia de Los Muertos at Sunbeam!
    Fri, Nov 03
    Petaluma
    Nov 03, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Nov 03, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    We invite you to join us in a family-friendly, inclusive celebration of a meaningful holiday in the Mexican culture: Dia de los Muertos! Children and adults of all ages are welcome! Guided by our beloved Ms. Raquel Macias, this will be a lighthearted and beautiful event.
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  • Community Education: Outdoor Play and Learning Spaces
    Community Education: Outdoor Play and Learning Spaces
    Wed, Oct 04
    Artaluma
    Oct 04, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Artaluma, 145 Keller Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
    Oct 04, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Artaluma, 145 Keller Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
    Why is the outdoor environment a child's best teacher? What is the importance of movement, loose parts and open-ended materials? We will explore these child development foundational concepts at our first parent education night at Artaluma!
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  • Community Farm Day: Celebrate Fall Equinox + Climate Action!
    Community Farm Day: Celebrate Fall Equinox + Climate Action!
    Fri, Sep 22
    Petaluma
    Sep 22, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Sep 22, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Celebrate our love for the earth! Join us at our farm school to Tinker with "Magic Trash" (recycled art) with Ocean as our theme. Take a walk through Sunbeams' project work, learn about fall planting in our garden, and join us on the hill for reflection on the Equinox.
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  • Day of Climate Action: Make Art from "Magic Trash"
    Day of Climate Action: Make Art from "Magic Trash"
    Fri, Sep 15
    Petaluma
    Sep 15, 2023, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Sep 15, 2023, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Family Friendly Event in support of the Global Fight to End Fossil Fuels: Come tinker and make recycled art with us - ART-ivism! We are open to the community from 9am to 11am. Bring your recycling and let's make something beautiful.
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  • Parent Education Evening: Exploring Space through A Child's Perspective
    Parent Education Evening: Exploring Space through A Child's Perspective
    Thu, Sep 07
    Petaluma
    Sep 07, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Petaluma, 4456 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Sep 07, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Petaluma, 4456 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Why the natural environment is a child's best teacher We are collecting donations for this event, on a suggested sliding scale of $15-35. You can donate at paypal.me/sunbeamnatureschool. Thank you!
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  • Parent Education Evening: Exploring Space through A Child's Perspective
    Parent Education Evening: Exploring Space through A Child's Perspective
    Wed, May 31
    Petaluma
    May 31, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Petaluma, 4456 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    May 31, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Petaluma, 4456 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Why the natural environment is a child's best teacher We are collecting donations for this event, on a suggested sliding scale of $15-35. You can donate at paypal.me/sunbeamnatureschool. Thank you!
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  • Spring Equinox Work Party
    Spring Equinox Work Party
    Sun, Mar 19
    Petaluma
    Mar 19, 2023, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Mar 19, 2023, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Many hands make light work! Please join us for a fun and restorative day of making our site sparkle in the new spring season.
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  • Movement Storytime with Ms Shawna
    Movement Storytime with Ms Shawna
    Sat, Mar 11
    Grand Central Petaluma
    Mar 11, 2023, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Grand Central Petaluma, 226 Weller St, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Mar 11, 2023, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Grand Central Petaluma, 226 Weller St, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Saturday Storytime at Grand Central, with a movement theme!
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  • Family friendly Dia de los Muertos
    Family friendly Dia de los Muertos
    Fri, Nov 04
    Sunbeam Nature School
    Nov 04, 2022, 4:00 PM – Nov 05, 2022, 6:00 PM
    Sunbeam Nature School, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Nov 04, 2022, 4:00 PM – Nov 05, 2022, 6:00 PM
    Sunbeam Nature School, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    The Sunbeam learning community is creating an altar that honors the animals that we have lost, in our families and in the world: animals en peligro de extincion. Come view and add to our altar, decorate a paper skull mask, feed our sheep, and enjoy food and drink from Taqueria Los Campos.
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  • Equinox Rain Party + Gear Swap!
    Equinox Rain Party + Gear Swap!
    Sun, Sep 18
    Petaluma
    Sep 18, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Sep 18, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Let's play in the rain! Bring your gently used, no longer needed rain gear for a clothing swap. (Note: Event will be canceled if thunder storms are predicted.)
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  • Sunbeam Open House
    Sunbeam Open House
    Tue, Sep 06
    Sunbeam Nature School
    Sep 06, 2022, 5:30 PM – Sep 07, 2022, 6:30 PM
    Sunbeam Nature School, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Sep 06, 2022, 5:30 PM – Sep 07, 2022, 6:30 PM
    Sunbeam Nature School, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    We welcome you to come and tour our space, get a feel for us, get questions answered, and meet fellow community members! This family-friendly event is for all enrolled families (current, summer, next year) as well as for prospective families.
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  • Sunbeam Nature School Open House
    Sunbeam Nature School Open House
    Sun, Jun 05
    Sunbeam Nature School
    Jun 05, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Sunbeam Nature School, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Jun 05, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Sunbeam Nature School, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    We welcome you to come and tour our space, get a feel for us, get questions answered, and meet fellow community members! This family-friendly event is for all enrolled families (current, summer, next year) as well as for prospective families.
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  • Sunbeam Nature School Community Work Day
    Sunbeam Nature School Community Work Day
    Sun, May 29
    Petaluma
    May 29, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    May 29, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Petaluma, 1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Sunbeam Nature School has a lot of projects that need the community's help! Let's dig in and get our hands engaged. This is a family-friendly event.
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  • Coffee Social & Family Story Time
    Coffee Social & Family Story Time
    Sat, Mar 26
    Grand Central Petaluma
    Mar 26, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Grand Central Petaluma, 226 Weller St, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Mar 26, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Grand Central Petaluma, 226 Weller St, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA
    Ms. Shawna is facilitating Grand Central's Saturday Story time, all are welcome to attend! Grab a yummy treat and drink from inside, and bring your own blanket to the back lot, overlooking the Petaluma River turn basin and downtown, for stories and songs that celebrate family.
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Contact Us

1002 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952

4157450377

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