Calyx School is the 347-acre classroom at South Whidbey State Park (SWSP). Founded in 2011, Calyx works to connect children with nature, community and self, and to nurture the next generation of environmental and social justice leaders by providing low and no cost place-based, nature, and service learning experiences for children and families.
Calyx Community Arts School began in October 2011. It has served more than 150 children through its year-round outdoor learning programs, which includes its core year-round learning cooperative, summer programs, and an after-school program. Calyx is a collaborative work in progress, with a dynamic group of individuals and families – parents, grandparents, educators, and children – working together to create a progressive alternative learning community on Whidbey Island. It is not an entirely novel idea, we know. Many have dreamt of such a school. A school that is unlike school as we know it. A school that honors and nurtures the whole child. A school that integrates the natural world and the arts in all aspects of learning. A school grounded in the local and embracing the global, while celebrating diversity in all its forms. A school that is inspired by and speaks the many languages of children – the languages of the imagination, art, music, movement, drama, story, the natural world, among others – and uses these languages to foster a love of learning through truly multilingual education.