Why Forest School

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.

“I just wanted to write you and let you know how happy we have been with Forest School since [our son] started in early January. It has really exceeded our hopes. [He] is finding it very challenging both physically and mentally and that is exactly what we hoped for.” –7th Grade Parent, Forest School

Experiential education outdoors immerses students in their education in ways that traditional models can’t. With a holistic, learner-centered focus, students become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their mentors and the community. They are encouraged to push their own boundaries through supported risks, teaching them independence, resilience, and perseverance outside of four walls. Skills and lessons are woven together, becoming transferable across environments and connecting students to the world around them.

Lifelong Learning

A kindergarten student may learn about engineering and thermodynamics through building a shelter, or explore pattern recognition by mapping local bird movements. An elementary age student might practice writing and communication by writing their own field guide to local edible plant species. A middle school student may research hand-crafted shelters through history and develop their own design… then build it.

Our goal is to prepare our students for any path in life and empower them to choose a direction that serves their community and the greater world.

At Forest School, we do not just teach students day-to-day: We engage their innate curiosity to learn and inspire them to seek new avenues of comprehension. Students become lifelong learners. When subject matter is made relevant through practical and transferable skills, children are immersed and invested in their education, thereby retaining more and pursuing further study