Our programs are open to all who are interested in giving their child a nature immersion experience that will build confidence and leadership, provoke a sense of awe and feelings of stewardship, while having fun learning and exploring out of doors. At the heart and soul of our program is engagement with the natural world. Through hands-on projects and games, guided sensory exploration, and self-directed play, children learn how to overcome adversity, work alongside others, and develop a deeper relationship with nature. Each day children will move between instructor-directed activities and self-directed play, both of which play important roles in the holistic development of a child’s hands, heart, and mind. Children will learn ancestral skills related to seasonal themes from their teachers, as well as have the opportunity to engage with the natural world on their own terms. An authentic connection to nature comes from within – self-directed play provides this opportunity.

Many of the world’s great environmental leaders and activists, such as Rachel Carson and Henry David Thoreau, began their lives playing for long hours outside; discovering frogs, getting dirty, and finding a love and connection with nature. This program is truly a gift we are giving to our children, and the skills and experiences will stay with them for a lifetime. Even if your child is not participating in our nature immersion programs, we invite and encourage you and your children to visit natural settings to explore, get dirty, and take a moment to listen to and learn from the world around us.

Children will be outdoors, in nature, the entire time they are with us. Through a constant hands-on experience with the natural world, we foster deep connections between students and the world around them.

Registration

$30 per day, Registration by quarter or register for the full year and receive an additional 5% discount per child!
When:​ Monday – Wednesday
Where:​ Our program uses multiple sites throughout the community.

Daily Rhythm
Time Activity
8:45 am Drop off and free play
9:00 am Opening Circle
9:30 am Projects, art, free play
10:15 am Clean-up and wash hands
10:20 am Snack and Story
10:45 am Free play or hike and exploration
11:45 am Guided sensory play in the forest
12:00 pm Lunch and free play
12:30 pm Pick up

Our Staff

Instructors come from a variety of backgrounds including education, permaculture, and natural sciences. No matter their educational background, all are experienced and passionate about sharing nature with children. Instructors are certified in CPR/First Aid, epipen administration, and hold state of Oregon food handling certifications. Staff ratios are no larger than 10 students with 2 teachers. All adults in the program have passed full background checks.

Early Learning Forest School Registration

We want to start a new program for early learners; if you are interested in this program, please let us know by filling out the form below.