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The Ultimate Guide to Forest Kindergarten Schools in the US

June 30, 2017 7 Comments

FOREST KINDERGARTEN US GUIDE TO NATURE PRESCHOOLS

Forest kindergarten or nature school is often referred to a "classroom without walls" where young children spend their time outdoors in nature creating toys with found objects and experiencing little adventures with their imaginations.

In Germany, Waldkindergraten (forest kindergraten) is common. And lately, in America, the popularity of "out of the classroom and into the woods" preschools and kindergartens is growing as more parents are starting to feel that academics and tests have become the focus rather than non-cognitive, social emotional development and personal growth.

One of the reasons why Mamoo started was to inspire kids to experience a world full of wonder and possibilities through independent self exploration. After receiving many requests for outdoor educational resources, we have come up with our first US forest kindergarten or nature school guide.

We'll be updating this list yearly and will continuously make edits so we can get the best guide available for you. Enjoy.

CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
CONNECTICUT
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
IDAHO
ILLINOIS
MAINE
MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
MICHIGAN
MINNESOTA
MISSOURI
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK
 NORTH CAROLINA
Sacred Mountain Sanctuary (hybrid half of the day is indoors)
OKLAHOMA

FOREST SCHOOL GUIDE US MAP

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7 Responses

Erin Middleton
Erin Middleton

June 15, 2017

Thank you for including Froggy Holler Outdoor Preschool! We are so proud to be part of this community.

Shelley Welch
Shelley Welch

June 07, 2017

Would love for you to include Wildflower School in Chapel Hill, NC at www.wildflowerlearningcommunity.org

Thanks for this list!

Dawn
Dawn

May 23, 2017

Please Include Ann Arbor Forest School in Michigan http://annarborforestschool.com

Brandi
Brandi

April 14, 2017

Thanks for mentioning Raintree School in this US list. We are proud to bring forest school to Missouri!

And for folks wanting to learn more about forest school, Raintree School is hosting the 2nd Annual Forest School Congress of the Midwest, October 2017.

Please keep an eye out for the completion of our documentary of little girls in the forest. Videographer Sara Bonaventura is currently filming for this year-long production. Visit raintreeschool.org for details.

Mary Malka
Mary Malka

March 13, 2017

There is a local grassroots campaign to establish a forest kindergarten here in Palm Beach county, Florida. Please support our efforts. Thank you! https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/urban-forest-lifeways-early-childcare-center/x/16246932

anna
anna

March 07, 2017

thank you for the link! we just looked at your wonderful school. we’ll include your link. thanks! anna

Amber Sawyer
Amber Sawyer

February 21, 2017

Hi! What a beautiful resource! I am one of the directors at Rivers and Roads Nature School and Agile Learning Community in Oklahoma City. I would love to be added to this list we are a member of the Natural Start Alliance and AERO. Feel free to check us out at riversandroadsok.com :)

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