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Tuition & Enrollment


Tuition Includes Supplies & Meal/Snacks


Annual Deposit of $100, applied to first month of tuition.

Quarterly Enrollment

Enrollment Requirements

We accept children that are 3 - 5 years old.  Since we enroll quarterly, we can welcome your child whenever they turn three (fall, winter, spring, etc.), so long as there is space  Children must be potty trained to attend. Families will be invited to visit the program or with a teacher before enrollment to ensure a good fit.  Be mindful that children will walk from 1 - 1.5 miles per day (stopping often to play and explore as preschoolers do).



In considering enrollment, we first determine if our program is a good fit for serving your child.  We also value diversity (racial, cultural, language, religious, LGBTQ+ and more). We have consistently enrolled children of various backgrounds and family structures as folks apply.


Free Gear Library

We have a gear library for families to check out items of our required clothing. Please ask!



Purchased from The Olympia Food Coop and Local Bakers and Farmers


We serve “Grab and Go” trail snacks that are available whenever your child needs it.  These are high protein snacks often with nut/ seed butter, flax seeds, chia, coconut, honey and a dried fruit.


2nd Breakfast: At 10:30 we serve a meal that we call “2nd Breakfast” (Hobbit humor alert!)  We find that children are so active at our school that by the time 10:30 rolls around they are in need of a full trailside meal.  Here’s an example of a 2nd Breakfast Menu:


Corn Muffins and Jam


Chickpeas or Beans

Seasonal Fresh Fruit & Veggies

Dried Fruit like Dates or Apricots

Rice Cakes

Nuts or Seeds (Cashews, Almonds, Sunflower Seeds)

And more!


Weekly Schedule

9am - 1pm

Forest Days M/W/F 

Children's Art Studio & Garden Days T/TH


Sample Daily Rhythm (Forest Day)


Welcome song & mindfulness practice

Nature Walk

2nd Breakfast--read aloud/storytelling/ sharing

Forest play and return walk

Goodbye song/ Nature Notes reflections/ stories

Transition home


Sample Daily Rhythm (Art Studio and Garden)

Welcome-- tinkerlab exploration

Welcome song & mindfulness practice

Neighborhood Nature Walk or Garden Activities

2nd Breakfast--read aloud/ storytelling/ sharing

Music & Art explorations offered/ garden play

Tidy Up

Goodbye song/ reflections

Transition home

School Year Calendar 2023 - 2024


Summer 2023:

4 week Session: June 26 - July 21

4 week Session: July 31 - Aug. 25

Summer Holidays: July 4th; Labor Day Sep. 5th

Autumn 2023: Sep. 11 - Dec. 15

Autumn Holidays: Indigenous People’s Day Oct. 9th;

Break Nov. 22 - 24.


Winter 2024: Jan. 8 - March 22nd

Winter Holiday: MLK Jan. 15th


Spring 2024: April 8 - June 21

Spring Holidays: Memorial Day, May 27th;

Juneteenth, June 19th


Summer 2024 Early Summer and Late Summer Sessions TBA

Family Gatherings


Autumn Equinox Celebration--Start of the Year Party

Arts Walk Gathering

Twilight Winter Solstice Lantern Walk

Spring Equinox Celebration

Procession of Species

Summer Solstice Celebration, Graduation--Journey On Ceremony

Other gatherings for trail stewardship, family hikes, lantern crafting, fun and time together...

Rhythm, Schedule & Calendar


Our Forest Preschool Days take place at Squaxin Park and once per week at McLane Nature Trail or Woodard Bay. 

Our Art Studio & Garden is located near the Garfield Nature Trail on the Westside of Olympia.

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