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Toddler Forest School

Nurture you and your toddler’s relationship with nature through unstructured play and curiosity-driven learning. Parent or guardian must attend with child.

  • Ages 1 to 4 years old

  • Select Weekdays

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ABOUT TODDLER FOREST SCHOOL

Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between toddlers and nature. Toddler Forest School provides parents and children (ages 1-4) with a safe space to nurture their relationship with nature through unstructured play and curiosity-driven learning. The toddler program prepares students and their families for the adventures awaiting in the longer day of regular Forest School.

Instructors invite participating families to observe the small miracles occurring around us every day. Outdoor play allows the children to honor their strong developmental need to jump, twist, tug, pull, balance, roll, run, climb, dig, sort, build, weave and create. This play also develops fine and gross motor skills, executive function, spatial awareness, balance, coordination, kindness, and empathy. Forest School teaches students to be resilient, self-reliant and confidently inquisitive.


SPRING 2023 Session DATES & Fees

Spring 2023 Fees | $343 per child (19 sessions)

WEDNESDAYS | January 10 through June 5 (except February 21, March 13, and April 3)
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm – SOLD OUT
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm

THURSDAYS | January 11 through June 6 (except February 22, March 14, and April 4)
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm – SOLD OUT
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm

FRIDAYS | January 12 through June 7 (except February 23, March 15, and April 5)
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm – SOLD OUT
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm (ASL interpretation will be provided during this session)


REGISTER FOR Summer 2024

Registration for Summer Toddler Forest School is now open!

Wednesdays | 1:15pm-3:15pm
July 3 – August 14 (7 sessions)

$140


Meet Your INstructors

Kassandra Stymus

Hello friends! My name is Kassandra. I love to spend time with my family, which includes: 2 kids (Jacquelynn & Ivory), 2 dogs (Affina & Musha) & my partner (Kyle). We all love crafting, playing music, story time, organic gardening & wild foraging, hiking & camping.

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Jessie Zeh

Jessie is an artist and educator from Cohocton.  She leads Tinkergarten, foraging, and nature art classes around the area with her two daughters. She is excited to explore the forest with toddler friends!


Terri Burkett

Terri loves time in the woods and time on her farm where she raises sheep, chickens and rabbits. She also enjoys reading books and cooking food from her garden. She can’t wait to meet you and explore Otter Camp together!

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Fall 2023 INFORMATION

WEDNESDAYS | 1/10 – 6/5
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm

THURSDAYS | 1/11 – 6/6
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm

FRIDAYS | 1/12 – 6/7
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm (ASL interpretation will be provided during this session)

*Toddler Forest School is a parent & child program.

PROGRAM Fees

$343 per child

Registration for the Spring 2024 (January-June) session will close on December 1, 2023.