About

Earthroots Field School grew out of a community need for environmentally progressive & conscious, enriching, outdoor, hands-on classes for children and adults in southern Orange County, California. Co-created in 2004 by a small, dedicated group of homeschool families and guided by Jodi Levine, Earthroots Field School has taken root and now serves over eighty families and many private and charter schools in Southern California each season. Earthroots is incorporated as a 501(c) 3 and welcomes leads on applicable grants to enhance our programs and outreach.

Jodi Levine – Executive Director

Jodi has been living and teaching experientially-based environmental education for the past 11 years. Her teaching style incorporates outdoor, hands-on activities that awaken a sense of connection and stewardship between children and the natural world. Her community building skills create the feeling of a small village within Earthroots programs.  Read more about Jodi Levine



Evan Brown – Instructor

Evan has been working with Earthroots for over two years and has inspired countless children on and off trail to engage with the earth in a gentle and profound way. He will be teaching “Plants: Our Breath & Body” and co-teaching Weekly Homeschool Field Classes this season.


Caroline Colesworthy – Instructor

Caroline was born in Newport Beach and attended Orange Coast College, UC Berkeley and Brown University, receiving a BA in English Literature and an MA in Environmental Studies, respectively. After involvement in politics she decided to come back home and get as “far upstream” as she could manage: connecting children securely to Nature so that they might consider it in all they do. She has been teaching Earthroots’ youngest participants since Fall 2009. When she is not leading Earthroots classes she works as the lead Garden Instructor for Anneliese’s Schools and is mom to Izzy, 2 years old, and partner to Greg, also of Earthroots.


Meg Hiesinger – Instructor

Meg assists with Journey After School program and two days of weekly Homeschooling classes, Tuesday and Wednesday. Meg received her undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from University of California at Berkeley and has a doctorate in the History of Science, Technology, and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has designed and taught an original interdisciplinary “Farm-to-School Table” curriculum with a grant from SEEDS Arts and Education and teaches classes for children and adults on cooking from the garden, nutrition, food preservation, and preparing food-allergy friendly healthy cuisine. Meg deeply committed to teaching about nutrition, ecology, and other subjects through hands-on, interdisciplinary programs in the garden and in nature and is excited to work for Earthroots to develop some new avenues for this kind of learning in southern California.


Greg Johansen

Greg is the lead instructor for the After School Ecology Club program at Tustin Memorial Academy.


Deanna Moore

Deanna cob bench SCF

Permaculutre Design Instructor and creator of Chocolatl, Deanna offers her passion for sustainable living, West African Dance & Drum, Whole Food Cooking, cobbing skills and curriculum design to Earthroots Field School. Her teaching is often invisible and profound.

Read more about Deanna Moore


Board of Directors

Deanna Moore, President
Michelle Spieker, Secretary
Lisa Marks, Treasurer
Jodi Levine, Director

Advisory Board

Chris Prelitz, Sustainability Advisor

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