“Nature is a fantastic classroom for this age.”

Forest Kindergarten Parent

Fall 2021-Spring 2022

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 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.

Experience rustling leaves, squishy mud, sour lemongrass, fragrant sage and 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 in nature. Children who spend more time outdoors are stronger and healthier as well.

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 connection, and a variety of languages.

There are two sessions of Forest Kindergarten: Fall and Spring. Our Fall 2021 session is 16 weeks long, and our Spring 2022 session is 16 weeks long, similar to the semesters of the academic year.

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

This program offers many correlations to California’s kindergarten state standards, and Earthroots is a state-approved vendor for many local charter schools. Safety and nature connection are Earthroots top priorities.

Letters and numbers will be introduced through oral storytelling and practiced with full body and sensory activities.

The general structure will include circle time, story, main lesson, wilderness exploration, and games.

Parents are required to attend Forest Kindergarten with their child. Parent participants 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.

WHO: Children ages 3-6 with parent/caregiver. We strive to maintain a ratio of no more than 6 students to 1 Earthroots Mentor.

WHERE: Big Oak Canyon, in Silverado Canyon

WHEN: Mondays 9 am – 2 pm
Fall program starts September 13th
Spring program starts January 31st

HOW: Send a deposit of $250 or full payment to hold your spot. Payments are refundable for up to 1 week after class dates are announced.

Please see our Covid-19 Policy for current protocols.

Sibling Policy

Siblings outside the age range of class are welcome to attend with their parents. There is a $20 fee per day for siblings age 2 or older than 6. Payment for siblings outside the age range of class must be received at least one week prior to the date of class. Siblings who are within the age range of class must be registered as a regular participant (3-6 years old).

Forms and payment need 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 the class. Late registration may be accepted if space is available with an additional fee of $25 up to 2 business days before class.

Spring 2022 Pricing

Private Payment Rate
Spring 2022 semester (16 classes):
$1200 per child/$1125 for each additional sibling

Fall and Spring Semesters 2021-2022 (32 classes) paid upfront:
$2200 per child/$2050 for each additional sibling

Please contact [email protected] about monthly installment rates.

Charter School Rates
Spring 2022 semester (16 classes):
$1280 per child/$1215 for each additional sibling
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders

Approved Charter Schools

Drop-In Rate
$80 per child per class
Drop-in classes are available for age-appropriate siblings of children currently enrolled in the class. To schedule a drop-in date please contact Staci Hansen at [email protected]

Scholarships Available

Earthroots is committed to creating nature connection opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) participants. We are offering two full BIPOC Scholarships for this program.

It is Earthroots Field School’s policy and pleasure to make scholarship space available in its programs for those in need.

For more information, email us at [email protected]