- Open:M T W Th F
- Hours:8:30am - 3pm
- Cost:$1,000.00 / month
SUMMER FOREST IMMERSION
True Nature is excited to offer 12 weeks of summer fun for kids ages 3-10 starting in June. See below for pricing and enrollment. *Extended day option available in summer 8:30am-3pm. This includes an outdoor quiet/nap time in the afternoon.
This is a mixed-age program. Daily activities will be adapted to varying skill levels for different aged students.
FALL FOREST IMMERSION
Please contact us if you are seeking preschool care or outdoor enrichment for a homeschooled child and are looking for an amazing outdoor experience!
Our fall program includes opportunities for parents and families to join us one weekend per month to learn and practice outdoor skills together (such as cooking on a fire; basic knife skills; basketry; and more).
OUR PHILOSOPHY AND PROGRAM DESIGN:
For examples of daily activities, see our facebook page www.facebook.com/truenaturekids or YouTube Channel, True Nature Kids.
In all our programs, we deepen our connection to place and build friendships by spending quality time together in the forest. We run through meadows, lay on the forest floor, observe and learn from plants and animals, discover special places, and build shelters.
At True Nature, your child has the unique opportunity to be exposed to some of the most ancient outdoor skills of the human race: basket weaving, wild edible and medicinal plant knowledge, fire skills and fire safety, whittling and basic knife skills (for those that are ready), working with wool and animal skins, and lots more!
These tactile experiences are grounded in a philosophy of process-oriented learning (the experience of learning is more important than the outcome or product created) and a goal of prioritizing the child's emotional and social development and awareness.
We offer a safe environment within which children can explore their interests and pursue what they are drawn to, with a deep commitment to outdoor experience and all things hands-on. Inspired by emergent curriculum and project approach pedagogy, and forest school principles, the activities we do on a given day are born out of the children's interests and facilitated by the teacher. (This is supported by a teacher:student ratio of 1:5 or better.)
Children will be encouraged to participate and try new things but not forced to do anything they don't want to do. There is a balance between guided activities that expose children to new possibilities and spontaneous pursuit of what children are excited about. The role of the teacher is one of facilitator who ensures everyone's safety and health as well as extends and expands children's learning.
PRICING & ENROLLMENT
Enrollment is on a week by week basis with a non-refundable deposit to hold your child’s spot for that week, or enroll your child for all 12 weeks of Summer Immersion to receive one week free!
$250/week, $100 deposit
Full-day Program (summer only):
$350/week, $150 deposit
ALL 12 WEEKS (summer only)
Half-Day Program: $2750
Full-Day Program: $5250
SCHOLARSHIPS: Tuition assistance is available for a parent with teaching or daycare experience who would like to assist with the program.
For tuition information for our fall program, please contact us.
8:30am-9:00am: Dropoff and welcome circle/games9:00am-10:00am: Woods exploration 10:00am-10:30am: Snack time and bathroom break 10:30am-11:30am: Hands-on skills/further exploration 11:30am-11:45pm: Reflection Circle 11:45am-12:15pm: Lunch and Story 12:15-12:30pm: Free play at playground and Pickup
Extended Care Afternoon Schedule:
12:30-12:45pm Free play continued
12:45-1:15pm Bathroom and water break
1:15-1:30pm Calm crafts/songs and Story
1:30-2:30pm Quiet/Nap Time
2:30-3:00pm Calm Crafts and Pickup
Summer Care (Half-Day): $1,000.00
- Kid's song:The Rattlin' Bog
- Kid's book:Thundercake
I grew up on a 15 acre farm and spent many hours as a kid playing in the mud and exploring the woods. Early experiences led me to crave a deeper relationship with the natural environment and I have always felt a strong spiritual connection through nature.
I have also always loved people and yearn to make the world a better place, and this led me to pursue a degree in anthropology. I spent many years exploring the ways ancient peoples have interacted with the land and I continue to actively enrich my own understanding of the First Peoples of this land and integrate that understanding into my work with children.
I named my business True Nature because I believe that connection to both the natural world and the Spirit of Life brings understanding of why we are here and provides a foundation of empowered self-knowledge for children which is the basis for all learning and relationships. In my adventures with children I always encourage and model respect for the aliveness and spiritual essence of all that we encounter and I invite kids to speak life (to self, others, and other beings) and bless each other.
I have worked with children as a nature skills instructor, nanny, and babysitter for over 6 years. I love children because their joy and wonder are contagious, because they are honest and real, and because they are my best teachers and keep me striving to be a better person. My own spiritual walk has led me through many different forms and variations, and now as a practicing Christian I believe faith is activated through loving people which is fundamental to everything I do.
My version of heaven on earth is to be gardening or wild harvesting with children, seeing the spirit of each child light up as they dig, climb, explore, and ask questions along the way - all while getting really muddy!
*Note: Depending on the status of quarantine restrictions and construction projects in Seward Park, we may move to Madrona Park.
This is an all-outdoor program and we will be out in the woods rain or shine! On colder days we will bring or make hot tea. During our time together we will join the plants and animals who call Seward Park their home and experience what it's like to live in the forest. (With a bathroom break!) The park provides phenomenal opportunities to experience and learn about different habitats and to explore and find special places.
Drop-off TBA due to planned construction in Seward Park this summer. Stay tuned for updates!
Depending on weather and interest we may utilize the lakeside barbecues to have a fire and practice basic fire tending skills, cook something for snack, or make tea.
Special attention will be paid to avoid areas with poison oak and to teach children how to identify it!
spring edible plants smoothie
kids don't bounce off the walls when there are no walls!
weaving a basket using English Ivy