Wildwood Forest kindergarten

Wildwood Forest Kindergarten is committed to nurturing children's cognitive, social, emotional, and sensory development--as well as their physical and mental well being--by immersing them in nature at an early age. The key component of this approach is unstructured free time in nature, which lays the foundation for a meaningful, life-long relationship to the natural world. This unstructured free time also provides the ideal opportunity to learn how to form healthy collaborative relationships with others.

What is a Forest School

You may be asking yourself, “What in the world is a nature/forest school?” Well, the appropriate way of answering this question is by telling you what Wildwood Forest Kindergarten is not. First, Wildwood Forest Kindergarten will not be inside. By having the five acres of woods behind the ropes course as our classroom the children will be able to explore everyday and learn while doing so, no matter what the weather. They will be able to watch the subtle changes that occur in nature throughout the seasons.

Why a Forest Kindergarten ?

Why Wildwood Forest Kindergarten? In today’s fast paced world, children are losing unstructured free time in the outdoors while at the same time spending more time in regimented activities created by adults. Think of a normal American preschool schedule:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Wildwood Forest Kindergarten is to nurture cognitive, emotional and sensory development in early age children by combining an inquiry based teaching experience with a child-driven curriculum of unstructured free time in nature. As the seasons change, an outdoor immersion experience stimulates creativity, lays a meaningful, life-long relationship to the natural world and allows children to form healthy collaborative relationships with others. Learn, grow, and BE a child in nature at Wildwood Forest Kindergarten!

This is an article on the calming effect of trees on humans. It is our belief that for children who have yet to develop many of the coping skills adults have, the calming effect is just as, if not more important.

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This is an article on 10 big takeaways from a 2017 Nature Pedagogy Conference in Australia with explanations of each takeaway.

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This is an article about a year round nature school in Milwaukee, and the benefits the program has for children’s brain development.

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This is a website extensive news articles, tools, and many additional resources related to the importance of children being in nature.

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This is an article on the importance of outdoor unstructured free play and how forest kindergartens foster early childhood development.

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This is a short video from ABC’s Nightline on Cedarsong Nature School

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