Vision

“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.” – David Sobel

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We envision an inclusive, nature-based learning environment where children learn and grow through exploration. As educators and families we aim to foster a lifelong love of learning by honoring the young childs innate curiosity and abilities.


 

Philosophy

We believe the natural environment is an ideal classroom for cultivating the mind, body, emotions, and spirit of every child. The Forest School model gives young children an opportunity to develop a sense wonder for the natural world and fosters compassion and empathy for the earth and all its creatures.

When given the time and space to play, children learn how to draw upon their innate curiosity to observe and make sense of their world. Using an emergent learning approach, we listen and observe children as they play, determine their deep interests, and then offer a plan to help them expand and grow.

Research shows that children who are immersed in nature are healthier, able to think more clearly, have an easier time paying attention, and cope more effectively with stress. Our students will have the opportunity to work through physical challenges and risks of the natural environment to develop independence, self-confidence, and resilience.