About Us

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson


We are a group of committed parents who recognize the importance of preserving the sense of wonder and reverence children experience in the natural world. In our increasingly technological and intellectual culture we see tremendous value in giving young children an experience outside of that momentum – one where they are free to play, be curious and follow their passions.

Our Mission

Orcas Island Forest School is dedicated to providing a play-based, all-weather, outdoor early childhood education program that fosters an intimate connection to the natural world and supports children as they develop physically, socially, and emotionally.

Steering committee members from left Emily Youngren, Andrew
Board of Directors from left to right: Emily Youngren, Andrew Youngren, Hailey Averna, Serena Burman, Victoria Shaner, Sara Lucia, Ken Katz and Heidi Bruce (not pictured)