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Program Guidelines / Agreement



Nature Education Cooperative offers hands-on educational curriculum in science, math, language and the arts using Montessori learning tools, child-led learning concepts and a nature school philosophy. In our beautiful outdoor classroom homeschool parents/caregivers and young children ages 3-7 journey on an empowering collaborative learning experience together. 


Co-Op Flow: 

10:00 am - Arrival Time - Jump right in to our activity stations

10:45 am - Guided lesson by Staff Member

11:30 am - Guided lesson by Staff Member

12:15 am - Guided lesson by Staff Member

1:00 pm -  End of co-op session


Session Schedule:

DBCG's co-op will be held on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Session 1:  Sep 10 through Dec 10 / 13 Classes / $325 Regular / $260 Members / No Classes on Nov 26, 2019

Session 2:  Jan 7 through Mar 31 / 13 Classes / $325 Regular / $260 Members

Session 3:  Apr 7 through Jun 30 / 13 Classes / $325 Regular / $260 Members

CLOSED:  Nov 26, Dec 17, Dec 26 and Dec 31, 2018 



The following policies and procedures have been developed to help our co-op to function smoothly and support our mission of positive, empowering collaborative learning:

Parent/Guardian Participation:  

The Nature Education Cooperative (NEC) is made up of families from a wide variety of backgrounds, united by our shared goal of providing an empowering alternative education in a natural setting for our children. Collaborative learning commences with various tools and projects based on the child's interests and passions. We encourage children to ask questions and freely explore all the tools and projects. If your child desires to roam the garden during a lesson, it is up to the parent/caregiver to support their exploration or gently encourage their child to join the project. 

Parents are asked to be fully engaged in the children's experiences. It is very important and helpful that adults refrain from cell phone use and extraneous conversations until after the class.  We value input from every member participating and welcome your ideas for educational projects.  


Please give advance notice of an absence when possible by emailing There will be 1 makeup day available for any class you cannot attend per session. Additional (1) makeup day issued with a note from a healthcare practitioner.


In order to protect all of our families, please follow these simple guidelines in regards to illness:
- Individuals must be fever-free with temperature below 99.6 (without tylenol or similar medication) for 24 hours before returning to NEC.
- Individuals must also be free of the following symptoms for 24 hours before they can be in a class again: Diarrhea or vomiting, severe sore throat, continuous coughing or blowing nose, undiagnosed rash or skin lesions, and red, itching eyes with discharge.
- Communicable disease: If a communicable disease is diagnosed (strep throat, chicken pox, pink eye, lice, scabies, impetigo, etc.), please notify the class coordinator as soon as possible. Follow physician’s/health guidelines for return to NEC.

Cancellation and Weather Policies:

In the event of extreme inclement weather such as a tropical storm or hurricane, class will be cancelled and a make-up date will be scheduled. Notifications will be as much time in advance as possible via text and email. Please confirm receipt of a class cancellation email.  If we are having moderate rainy weather without lightening, we will be meeting at the garden for class as planned. Please pack rain gear for your child, a change of clothes and a towel.

Fee Policy:

We thank you for your support of DBCG, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and NEC, an educational class offered by DBCG's Science & Nature Program. Fees cover materials and supplies for the class and facilitators. DBCG annual Membership offers you 20% off all our classes, workshops and events.


We understand that some things, such as illness or emergencies, are unavoidable. There are no refunds for pre-paid class sessions. Please see our Attendance Policy for makeup class options.


Once you receive confirmation of your session enrollment, Session Class Packages must be paid in full by end of day August 10th to accept registration. Forfeited placement will automatically defer to waiting list families. No walk-ins please.

Food & Allergy Policy:

If you or your child has food allergies, please let our Director know. We ask that members refrain from bringing nuts to NEC program.  Feel free to snack at any time that you would like during our time together.


NEC requires all families to sign the DBCG Waiver which includes a photo release. NEC may take photographs of students and families at organizational functions for use in newsletters, websites, social media, etc. However, names will not appear next to any photographs which may be used on public sites, social media, or e-mails. 

Non-Discrimination Policy:

NEC is an all-inclusive, secular, apolitical cooperative learning environment open to families seeking a respectful and empowering community. NEC does not discriminate against anyone regarding religion, politics, race, gender, age, educational methods, or other differentiating factors. Discrimination of others from any of our members is not tolerated at NEC programs.

Privacy Policy:

By participating in the NEC program, you acknowledge that your name and email address are viewable by other members and that any relevant information, including contact information, may be shared with class coordinators for the activities in which you participate. Your name and email will be a part of the DBCG mailing list which sends a monthly newsletter announcing garden events and information. If you wish to unsubscribe, please email the word UNSUBSCRIBE to NEC does not share/sell contact information with third parties outside of what is stated here.


Adult Individuals are responsible for their own actions and are expected to act in accordance to NEC’s policies. I have read and understand the policies and terms listed above. By clicking "I agree" I understand that I am accepting placement for my child(ren) in the Nature Education Cooperative. 

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I agree with the terms of the NEC Guidelines and accept placement of my child into the co-op educational program.

If you are new to DBCG, please also sign our liability waiver here: