Wild Life Forest Preschool at Earth Native

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The vision of the forest preschool at Earth Native is simple - every child can find themselves in the forest.

Our Programs

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.

Read a few "Stories of the Week" from this school year

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.

PARENT TESTIMONIAL

"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.

VISIT US

If you would like to visit Wild Life, please contact usWe offer visits on select Tuesdays during the school year, by appointment.

Meet the Instructors

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Britt Luttrell is a native of Austin, Texas. Growing up he spent many an afternoon catching bugs or in some treehouse he had built with his nose in a journal.  His father worked for the Texas Agriculture Department and used to take him on ranch visitations where he experienced MASSIVE purple grapes on the trellis and corn fields with more ravens in them than corn. These trips, and others, bound Britt to the natural world in a truly significant way. 

 

Britt loves witnessing the wonders of nature, whether it be giant trees growing on the edges of sheer cliffs or the impossibly perfect adaptations of tiny insects. He loves challenging his body, finding nooks and crannies no person has ever been to before. The stories of an ecosystem captivate him… Are these ants coming or going? Who was here last night? Britt feels so proud to have retained his childhood sense of wonder about the world. He values green belts as much as huge forests and he believes every kid should have a safe place to connect to the Earth and its wildness.

 

Before joining the Earth Native teaching staff, Britt spent eight years practicing, learning, and teaching young people at Nature’s Way Preschool at the Austin Nature and Science Center. He was fortunate enough to study with some leading figures in play-based education, including Tom Hobson (Teacher Tom), International Play Iceland, and others. Britt has held the microphone on discussion panels for the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CINCA) and led countless meetups in the greater community. Between preschool classes, summer camp groups, volunteer days, hiring and training new staff, and international trainings, Britt has shown his city the benefits of playing outside.

 

With nearly a decade of outdoor education experience, Britt knows that the best place for children to learn is in the woods, forests, and wild places. He is eternally joyful that he has the opportunity to continue to give children some of their first great adventures in nature at Earth Native.

Teaches the Box Turtles, Tree Frogs & Hedgehogs

BRITT LUTTRELL - Preschool Director

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Jeannie was born in the Florida panhandle and raised in Kentucky by a fiercely loving single mom who prioritized outdoor education for her and her two sisters. Weekends were spent camping, hiking, and creek stomping. After school she was sent to the woods to play until dinnertime, often creating woodland homes and imagining fairy forests. Her favorite childhood memory consists of her mother leading her and her sisters in a thrilling game of sardines in Death Valley National Park. Jeannie remembers hiding alone in a little nook of the rocks waiting for her family to find her spot and thinking it was absolutely exhilarating!

 

Jeannie’s passion and devotion to nature and environmental education led her to College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. There she would go hike Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park or ice skate across Echo Lake between classes. Unsure of what she wanted to “do” in life, she immersed herself in learning as much as Maine had to offer through working at organic farm, a midwifery apprenticeship, a Waldorf preschool, an art gallery, as well as traveling to Sierra Leone, Morocco, Nova Scotia, Mexico, and more. She found her love for growing flowers while working at the farm, and now grows and sells cut flowers for her community. In her free time you can find her swimming an entire day away with her dog, Wilkie.

 

Jeannie has over ten years of experience working with young children. She has nannied for over 50 families from all walks of life in both Maine and Kentucky. She has worked as the Head Teacher of a Waldorf-inspired preschool in her hometown and most recently was an assistant teacher in a high school special education unit. She believes her calm and gentle nature draws children in to make them feel safe, secure, and loved. It has always been a dream of hers to combine her love of nature and working with children into a position at a forest preschool, and she could not be more thrilled to put down roots in Texas and the Earth Native forest preschool community.

Teaches the Box Turtles, Tree Frogs & Hedgehogs

JEANNIE SUHRHEINRICH

 
 

2019/20 DATES

This program meets every Monday and Wednesday from 

September 4 through May 13 for a total of 63 classes. 

Holiday Breaks  (no classes)

Thanksgiving Break - November 25-29

Winter Break - December 23 - January 3

Spring Break - March 9-20

PROGRAM TUITION: $292 a month*

(Or $2835 total yearly tuition if paying in full at the time of enrollment.) 

Deposit: $300 non-refundable deposit due at the time of enrollment 

*Payment plan based on 9 monthly payments (from Sept-May) and a non-refundable $300 deposit. Total tuition using the payment plan is $2928 - Click to view all payment options

Tree Frogs

Tuition is prorated if joining the program late

4 open spots

2019/20 DATES

This program meets every Friday from September 6 through May 15 for a total of 32 classes. 

Holiday Breaks  (no classes)

Thanksgiving Break - November 25-29

Winter Break - December 23 - January 3

Spring Break - March 9-20

PROGRAM TUITION: $137 a month*

(Or $1440 total yearly tuition if paying in full at the time of enrollment.) 

 

Deposit: $300 non-refundable deposit due at the time of enrollment

*Payment plan based on 9 monthly payments (from Sept-May) and a non-refundable $300 deposit. Total tuition using the payment plan is $1533  Click to view all payment options

Hedgehogs

Tuition is prorated if joining the program late

Program is full

2019/20 DATES

This program meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 

September 5 through May 14 for a total of 63 classes. 

Holiday Breaks  (no classes)

Thanksgiving Break - November 25-29

Winter Break - December 23 - January 3

Spring Break - March 9-20

PROGRAM TUITION: $292 a month*

(Or $2835 total yearly tuition if paying in full at the time of enrollment.) 

Deposit: $300 non-refundable deposit due at the time of enrollment 

*Payment plan based on 9 monthly payments (from Sept-May) and a non-refundable $300 deposit. Total tuition using the payment plan is $2928 - Click to view all payment options

Box Turtles

Tuition is prorated if joining the program late

2 open spots
 

Don't let a little distance get in the way of your child's incredible nature connection experience!

 

We know that Bastrop can be a far drive for some, but our school's campus is amazing and the perfect canvas for this program. We are fully committed to helping facilitate parent carpooling. We already have families enrolled in this coming school year coming from various parts of Austin, Plugerville, Elgin, Red Rock, San Marcos, San Antonio, Paige, Webberville, Burton, Smithville & Dale. 

 
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512-299-8870

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137 Woodview Lane

Bastrop, TX 78602