Tuition Includes Supplies & Meal/Snacks

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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 as preschoolers do).


Prioritization/ Flexibility

We are committed to creating an easy pathway to participation in nature-based preschools for children of color.  Please contact us for more details.


Gear Library

We have a small, but growing, 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 2022 - 2023


Summer 2022:

4 week Session: June 25 - July 22

6 week Session: Aug. 1st - Sep. 9

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

(2 week break)

Autumn 2022: Sep. 26 - Dec. 16

Autumn Holidays: Indigenous People’s Day Oct. 10th; Veterans Day Nov. 11; Thanksgiving 23rd - 25th

(3 week break)


Winter 2023: Jan. 9 - March 24th

Winter Holiday: MLK Jan. 16th

(2 week break)


Spring 2023: April 10 - June 14

Spring Holiday: Memorial Day, May 29th

(1 week break)


Summer 2023 Early Summer and Late Summer Sessions TBA

Family Gatherings 2022 - 2023


September 24th--Family Autumn Equinox Celebration--Start of the Year Party

October 8th--Arts Walk Gathering

December 17th--Family Evening Winter Solstice Celebration

March 18th--Spring Equinox Celebration

June 17th--Summer Solstice Celebration


Our Forest Preschool Days take place at Squaxin Park and occasionally at McLane Nature Trail & Woodard Bay. 

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