Forest Preschool

Ages 3-5 years old

Available Fall, Winter & Spring

*Currently 2.5 hour class in Idaho, and a 3 hour class in Colorado, but will be a 3 hr class in Idaho for the 2024-2025 school year*

Our Forest Preschool is a great way to offer your 3-5 year old child an opportunity to learn in the forest all year long. We believe nature is the best teacher and landscapes tell endless stories.

Each day we offer unstructured play as an important time for children to socialize, express ideas, problem solve, explore and connect to nature. We take a wellness moment for children to reflect and observe their surroundings. Long periods of exploration and discovery are offered along with a daily activity.

Forest Preschool is an 11 week series available Fall, Winter, and Spring. We are exclusively outdoors and put up our own shelters when it is raining, snowing or windy. We recommend signing up for all three seasons to get the most benefit out of the program. Classes are limited to 10 students.

Parent Handbook

Who is this class for?

  • Children ages 3-5
  • Children who love the outdoors
  • Children who do not have a lot of experience in the outdoors
  • Children looking to develop confidence, independence, emotional identification, and regulation through nature
  • Parents looking for a Whole Child Approach in education
  • Parents looking for a gentler discipline style in a preschool. We follow Janet Lansbury, gentle parenting style approach
  • Parents looking for Waldorf style curriculum
  • Learning through play
  • Child-led learning
  • Alternative to preschools that have children sit for long periods of time
  • No screen education

Idaho

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A peek into a day in the Forest Preschool Class

Arrival and Open Play

Gathering Circle with songs and movement

Nature Hike

Lunch/Snack

Storytelling

Lesson and Activity

Unstructured Free Play

Gratitude Circle

*Structure of class is flexible and will depend on students interests and needs.

Locations

Eagle, ID

Eagle Island State Park

165 Eagle Island Pkwy, Eagle, ID 83616

Boise, ID

Esther Simplot Park

3206 W Pleasanton Ave, Boise, ID 83702

Nampa, ID

Wilson Springs Pond

3209-3507 S Powerline Rd, Nampa, ID 83686

Wheat Ridge, CO

Prospect Park- Clear Creek Greenbelt

W 44th Avenue and Robb Street
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

2023-2024 Calendar

IDAHO ONLY

December 4th – March 8th

(Holiday Break December 20th – January 7th)

(Holiday on January 15th)

(Holiday on February 19th)

IDAHO

March 11th – May 31st (Spring Break March 18th-22nd)

(Holiday on May 27th)

COLORADO

March 11th – May 31st

(Spring Break April 22th-25th)

(Holiday on May 27th)

2024-2025 Calendar

September 9 – November 22

(Thanksgiving Break November 25-29)

December 2 – February 28

(Holiday Break December 23 – January 3)

(Holiday January 20)

(Holiday February 17)

March 3 – May 23

(Spring break March 17-21)