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Toddler Forest School & Forest Preschool

Nurture you and your child’s relationship with nature through unstructured play and curiosity-driven learning.

  • Ages 1 to 5 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.


2024-25 Session information

Fall 2024 Fees | $260 per child (14 weeks)
Full Year 2024 Fees | $600 per child (32 weeks)
*Members receive a $20 discount for the full year or a $10 discount for the fall
*Families may choose monthly payments or to pay in full
*Limited scholarships are available and that application will be sent to you after registration

THURSDAYS | September 12 through June 5
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm *waitlist only
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm

FRIDAYS | September 13 through June 6
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm *waitlist only
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm

*Break days: Nov 28 & 29, Feb 20 & 21, Mar 20 & 21, and Apr 17 & 18

register:

This link will take you to our new platform, Campsite, to create an account and register for Forest School. If you have used Campsite before for summer camps, you may use your same family portal, but you will need to create different profiles for your children to register for Forest School. Please call us at (585)374-6160 if you have any questions or concerns.

*Toddler Forest School is a parent & child program.

FOREST SCHOOL HANDBOOK

It is critical that families review the parent handbook before registering a child for Forest School. The handbook provides detailed information about Forest School’s core values and guiding principles, along with logistical details regarding food, clothing, weather closures, registration, and more. Please take the time to read through the handbook, and feel free to reach out to our staff with any questions at 585.374.6160.

DOWNLOAD HANDBOOK


ABOUT FOREST preSCHOOL

Forest Preschool is a drop-off, half day program for children ages 3-5 on Wednesdays. Here, children will have the opportunity to squish in the mud, search for salamanders, build, climb, jump and explore the natural landscape. Instructors will support the children’s curiosity and connection to nature through themed activities, with time each day for unstructured play and child-led, nature-led learning.

Forest Preschoolers will develop skills in social interaction, large and small motor skills, and foundational learning through imaginative play, games, storytelling and hands-on explorations. Opportunities for risky play, self-regulation, spontaneity, creativity, resilience, and fun will abound! Forest Preschool helps children move toward the acclimatization and independence that our full day Forest School requires.


2024-25 information

Fall 2024 Fees | $630 per child (14 weeks)
Full Year 2024 Fees | $1,440 per child (32 weeks)
*Members receive a $40 discount for the full year or a $20 discount for the fall
*Families may choose monthly payments or to pay in full
*Limited scholarships are available and that application will be sent to you after registration

WEDNESDAYS | September 11 through June 4
10:00am-1:30pm *waitlist only

*Break days: Nov 27, Feb 19, Mar 19, and Apr 16

register:

This link will take you to our new platform, Campsite, to create an account and register for Forest School. If you have used Campsite before for summer camps, you may use your same family portal, but you will need to create different profiles for your children to register for Forest School. Please call us at (585)374-6160 if you have any questions or concerns.

FOREST SCHOOL HANDBOOK

It is critical that families review the parent handbook before registering a child for Forest School. The handbook provides detailed information about Forest School’s core values and guiding principles, along with logistical details regarding food, clothing, weather closures, registration, and more. Please take the time to read through the handbook, and feel free to reach out to our staff with any questions at 585.374.6160.

DOWNLOAD HANDBOOK


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!

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2024-25 INFORMATION

THURSDAYS | 9/12 – 6/5
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm

FRIDAYS | 9/13 – 6/6
Morning Session: 10:15am-12:15pm
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-3:15pm

WEDNESDAYS | 9/11 – 6/4
10:00am-1:30pm