About Us

Forest School is a community built on the strength of our diversity, the passion of our individuals, and our relationship with the more than human world. We believe strongly that a mix of diverse ideas, viewpoints, experiences and values is needed for our community to grow and thrive. All positions, programs, courses and sites are open to people of all histories, backgrounds, genders, identities and abilities. Portland Forest School does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, orientation, religion, or ability.

We are a school of community and nature. Students journey outside and into the forest every day. They learn through collaboration with peers and alongside their mentors. Our interdisciplinary curriculum blends academics with hands-on learning, centered around observation in and participation with nature. Students dive into naturalist studies and life sciences, fostering research skills that last a lifetime. Journeying beyond nature play, we live with the seasons, forage for wild foods, and make forest tools and crafts. The students of the Portland Forest School grow with the land, plants, and animals who share our world.

Starting in 2016 With a single Kindergarten class, Portland Forest School has grown into a full K – 8 rich outdoor academic school because of our wonderful teachers and an amazing community of students, families and collaborators.