"Hi, Debbie (and all)!
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you, I've been unbelievably busy with The Butterfly Garden (our school) and with a fundraiser I've created for the school (I don't know if you remember but…"
"WELCOME, Welcome, welcome! I followed Dodge Preschool and Schlitz Audubon Preschool for a couple of years wishing to do this. I met Ken Finch from Green Hearts Inc. 6 or 7 years ago at an ANCA (Association of Nature Center…"
"No, I haven't filed a 501 c3 yet. I do plan to become a non-profit and have gone as far as picking up a book at my local book store on creating a non-profit but it began to get so detailed and complicated that I put it down and just made a…"
"This sounds like an awesome idea. I've wondered on several occasions how to reach current child care operations to get them on board with getting the kids outside more and what you have developed sounds very promising!
"Hi Janine~ It's so great to hear your enthusiasm and I'm with you! I co direct and teach at an environmental preschool on forest service land, we have 10 aches of mountain woods to explore. As far as getting funding I'm wondering if…"
"I'm loving this conversation! We have play-based programs that we bring into schools, communities and home-schooling programs. Derived from our eco-educational series, Let's Go Chipper Into the Great Outdoors, it's turnkey and…"
"Wow--so happy I found this forum! I have an unbridled passion for what I have found in Forest Kindergartens (nature preschools), and yes, the Secrete Garden is on my list of fav's as well :)
I've been working over the summer to open…"
"I am in love with the Secret Garden Nursery school. A couple of years ago I wanted to create a forest school like this and came up against the state and their regulations there. I did create a school eventually that was nature based…"
"I just joined C&NN Connect and am thrilled to see this discussion and now to join in! I am an educator who, most recently, was the principal of a public elementary school. I have spent the last year raising my one-year-old daughter…"
"I absolutely love, love, love what they are doing at the Secret Garden. Cathy Bache is an inspiration. Had I still been living in Scotland and I would have loved to have been a member of staff.....dream job!!! Although this kind of nursery would not…"
"Thanks for your thoughts on this, Juliet. It's a fascinating school and it's garnered a lot of attention. I wonder if we can get Cathy to join C&NN Connect? Regardless, I'm sure we'll all keep talking about the Forest Schools…"
"Thanks for sharing this Suz
The Secret Garden is a unique set up as it is quite nomadic and the focus is very child-centred and led. This means the children play. There are not structured activities (such as craft sessions, etc.) and staff…"
"Thank you for starting this topic, Debbie. And thanks, all, for contributing.
Here's a terrific story about a Nature Pre-School in Scotland:
This story will probably interest many of you: Secret Garden, Forest pre-school in…"
We have an Environmental Pre-school on 8 achers of Forest Serves land in Aspen Colorado. Our website is <www. wildwoodschool.org> My dream is to get more organic, we do a lot, have a grow dome that enables us to…"
I am Superintendent for the Joliet Park District outside of Chicago. I manage the Pilcher Park Nature Center and the Little Sprouts Nature Based Early Learnign Center. We have a Kids n Nature After School Program where the children from 5 schools come out to PLAY every day. My goal is to give children the chance to learn to LOVE Nature.
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