“Nature is a fantastic classroom for this age.”

Forest Kindergarten Parent

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. Each 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 asked to model exemplary attentive behavior during circle and game times. Parents are also encouraged 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: Tuesdays 9 am – 2 pm

Classes begin on September 13th.

HOW: Click the Register Now button on this page. A deposit of $250 or full payment is required to hold your spot.

Please see our Covid-19 Policy for current protocols.

Sibling Policy

Siblings who are within the age range of class (3-6 years old) must be registered as a regular participant. Siblings outside the age range of class (age 2 or older than 6) are welcome to attend with their parents. There is a $20 fee per day for siblings age 2 or older than 6. There is no additional charge for children younger than 2. Payment for siblings outside the age range of class must be received at least one week prior to the date of class.

Registration Information

Enrollment for Spring Semester begins November 1 for currently enrolled students and November 15 for new students.
Enrollment for Fall Semester begins April 15 for currently enrolled students and May 1 for new students.

Registration information and payment must be received by us at least one week prior to class. Your registration is complete only when we have received payment 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.

Fall 2022 Pricing

Private Payment Rate
Fall 2022 (16 classes): Starting Tuesday, September 13th
One semester: $1296 for first child/$1248 per additional sibling

Full year: $2400 for first child/$2320 per additional sibling

Please contact us at [email protected] about monthly installment rates.

Charter School Rates
Fall 2022 semester (16 classes): Starting Tuesday, September 13th
$1360 for first child/$1312 per additional sibling
Charter school funds are paid monthly via Purchase Orders

Approved Charter Schools

Drop-In Rate
$85 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 us 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]