Wild Life Forest Preschool at Earth Native
The vision of the forest preschool at Earth Native is simple - every child can find themselves in the forest.
Tree Frogs - Meets 2 days a week on Monday and Wednesday for a total of 63 class days. Click here to learn more about this program & see open spots.
Box Turtles - Meets 2 days a week on Tuesday and Thursday for a total of 63 class days. Click here to learn more about this program & see open spots.
Hedgehogs - Meets 1 day a week on Friday for a total of 32 class days. Click here to learn more about this program & see open spots.
Wild Life Forest Preschool at Earth Native is Central Texas’s first true forest preschool. Set in the hardwood forests of Bastrop along beautiful Cedar Creek, our forest preschool offers children ages 3-5 the chance to take their first steps towards long term nature connection.
Like forest preschools in Europe and around the world, Wild Life Forest Preschool at Earth Native is play-based, child-led, and earth-conscious. Children learn as the mammals do, by following their satisfaction through play, by challenging their bodies, and by experiencing the patterns of their environment, both natural and social, in a forest they themselves care for.
Numbers are learned by needing more rocks to build a dam. Shapes by squeezing sticks and stones through holes in logs. Colors by climbing the same tree again and again throughout the seasons. Your child will build the foundations of writing, science, math, art, and physical development – even confidence and happiness – by exploring the forest with their friends.
Instructors will guide their exploration by engaging in each child’s curiosities, be it faerie home building, bug catching, or something entirely unthought of. We will stoke their fires, offer wisdom, security, and wonder, the tools of language, but never mandates, or rules without reason. Instructors will follow the children into their forest.
And of course, Wild Life Forest Preschool will make certain your child’s first adventures are considerate, careful and safe. Nature connection, and ultimately all learning, happens best once a comfortable space has been established. We will start with trust, then work our way outward. Our adventures will start small, and just like our bodies, hearts, and minds, get bigger!
The vision of the forest preschool at Earth Native is simple - every child can find themselves in the forest. We believe each child is already equipped with the tools to learn through play, exploration and natural curiosity, and that the best way to bring out the unique spirit of each child is to allow them to be free in the forest.
2019/20 Program Info
Location: Our beautiful wooded campus west of Bastrop, TX at
137 Woodview Lane. click here to read more about our campus
Ages: 3- 5 (Students must be at least 3 yrs by September 2019)
Class Times: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Class Dates: Classes will begin the week of September 2, 2019 and will end the week of May 11, 2020. Check each program's info area for specific dates.
Deposit: $300 non-refundable deposit due at the time of enrollment.
Tuition: Use the above program info links to see program tuition for each program. Payments plans are available for all programs
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Our Teaching Method
At Earth Native, our unique teaching methods center around “Coyote Mentoring”, a method of teaching and learning that is based on education models used by indigenous populations across the world for thousands of years. Our “invisible school” teaching philosophies are based on natural learning cycles that use your child’s passions and natural inspirations as the spark that drives their education in the outdoors.
"My daughter is tiny for her age -- she's below the first percentile. In fact, she's below the .5% percentile! But when I see her on the playground with peers who are not Earth Native kids, she has twice their physical confidence.
Her legs and arms may be much smaller than theirs, but she climbs higher and with sure footing. At her swim class, the instructor commented that she'd never seen a preschooler get the straight leg kick this fast. And after just 3 classes, she was already able to swim short distances -- and ready to take it to the next level.
There's no question that her physical confidence and willingness to embrace challenges come from her experiences at Earth Native. (It's certainly not genetic!) Mr. Britt creates an environment that's challenging, fun, and above all supportive. And that sets the tone for the kids, too, who support and encourage one another. They feel more like a tight-knit family than a preschool class.
She comes home every day covered in dirt and with stories of adventure and discovery. She undoubtedly knows more about the local flora and fauna than anyone else in the family. And she's always happy. It's more than worth the 50-minute drive we make to get there" - Juliana W.