Forest Kindergarten

Spring enrollment opened on November 15  for current students, and December 1 for new students. Our Spring 2018 semester begins January 2018.  Enrollment for Fall 2018 opens on April 15  for current students, and May 1 for new students.

Delight, discovery, and adventure fill the outdoor days of the Earthroots Forest Kindergarten. Children ages 3-6 are invited to play and learn in the unspoiled beauty of Big Oak Canyon with experienced instructors.  We are excited to host this class on our property in Silverado Canyon! This property, called Big Oak Canyon, is filled with hiking trails and natural beauty. It  is rugged and comprised of a variety of native ecosystems.  Spring water flows year-round on site and the property accesses a creek!  Mature fruit trees are growing in an established orchard.  This site is the perfect place for children to connect with nature.

Rustling leaves, squishy mud, sour lemongrass, fragrant sage, soaring osprey – we know intuitively and logically that the outdoors is the best place for our children. Every sense is stimulated by nature for optimal intelligence growth and development. Outdoor activity also calms and balances excess energy. Your children will sleep deeply and peacefully after a day exploring the creek bed. Children who spend more time outdoors are stronger and healthier as well.

Families are welcome to participate in one day of Forest Kindergarten every week. All classes will meet regularly at  Big Oak Canyon, Earthroots property in Silverado Canyon. New stories and games will be introduced every week, but as children love rhythm and repetition, many songs and hand-plays will be repeated throughout the month. Songs are uniquely chosen throughout the year to blend fun animal lessons, seasonal changes, earth spirituality and a variety of languages.

There are two sessions of Forest Kindergarten: Fall and Spring. Each session is 16 weeks long to match the semesters of the academic year. 2017-2018 Forest Kindergarten will be taught by Rachel Kimball and additional Earthroots Staff.

Sample Circle Songs May 2012 Sept 2012Oct 2012 Nov 2012 Jan 2013 2013 Songs Nov 2013  

Classes fill on a first-come, first served basis.

Enrollment Information and Forms

General Rhythm of the Day
8:45                  Arrival
9:30                  Circle Time
9:45                  Snack
10:00                Wilderness Exploration
11:15                  Journal
noon                 Lunch
1:00                  Story
1:15                   Quiet Sit
1:45                   Closing Circle
2 pm                 Departure

While safety and nature connection are Earthroots’ top priorities, there are many correlations to California’s kindergarten state standards, and Earthroots is a state-approved vendor for many local charter schools.

Letters and numbers will be introduced through oral storytelling and practiced with full body and sensory activities: by drawing with sticks in the sand or fashioned with warmed beeswax.

The general structure will include circle time, story, main lesson, wilderness exploration, and games.  Forest Kindergarten provides a perfect launching point for a homeschooling child’s weekly lesson.

Parents are invited to attend Forest Kindergarten with their child. Parents are encouraged to model exemplary attentive behavior during circle and game times; and also to bring a handwork project and to practice being “benign parental presences” during wilderness exploration times. Independent older children (older than 4 years 9 months) may be dropped off pending instructor approval. Each class will be limited to a small group of adventurous students for a more intimate connection with the local surroundings, other students &  instructors. We recommend parents read Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature to better understand Earthroots mentoring philosophies.

Looking for further descriptions…
– Read Why I love Forest Kindergarten, a blog by parent participant Kristin in 2015.
– Forest Kindergarten blog 2014 here.
– Read about a typical Earthroots Day here at

WHO:  Children 3-6 with parents/care-givers. We strive to maintain a ratio of no more than 6 students:1 Earthroots Mentor

WHERE: Mondays at Big Oak Canyon, in Silverado Canyon

WHEN: 9 am – 2 pm, class is 5 hours

HOW: Send a deposit of $250 or full payment to hold your spot with completed enrollment form (per family) and completed medical and release forms (per person).

  • Register by mail Send check and one Enrollment Form per family and one Medical Release Form per person to Earthroots PO Box 504 Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678.
  • Register by email Send payment via Paypal to  Scan and email Enrollment Form & Medical Release Forms to Please bring hard copies to class.

Forms and payment needs to be received at least one week prior to class. Your registration is complete only when we have received Payment and Forms in our office. Registration is due at least one week in advance of class. Late registration may be accepted if space is available with an additional fee of $25 up to 2 business days before class.


Full Tuition for 1 year (cash or check) $2200 per child.

One semester tuition for one day per week (cash or check) is $1200 per child/$1125 per sibling.

One semester tuition for two days per week (cash or check) is $2200 per child

Please inquire about monthly installment rates.

Charter School Rates 
$1280 per child/$1216 per sibling per semester
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders
Inquiries welcome at

Approved Charter Schools

Drop In Policy $80 per child per class
**Drop-in classes are available for age appropriate siblings of children currently enrolled in class.  To schedule a drop in date please contact Staci Hansen at

Scholarships Available
The application can be found in the right side margin, and at the bottom of this page.

To make a deposit or pay the full tuition, click on the PayPal button below. From there, you can use your PayPal account, or debit/credit card. For more information, go to Registration or call the Earthroots office (949)709-5777