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WELCOME FERN GULLY FOREST FRIENDS!

We provide Waldorf inspired, holistic, outdoor education for preschool children ages 3-7 from 9am-1pm.

 

We focus on experiential learning in nature with stories, singing, music, art, puppetry, and imaginative play. We learn through exploring on our mini-farm and Fern Gully Forest in East Olympia.

 

We create a nurturing environment where children can develop the resilience, creativity, confidence, social skills and emotional intelligence needed to thrive in school and life.

Hours: 9 am - 1 pm Monday - Friday 

We partner with the Community Nature Foundation for outdoor education and conservation to protect community forests.

OUR MISSION

We were founded by a collective of mothers and professional educators with a mission to nurture the whole child in all areas of development, including physical, social, emotional and spiritual, as well as intellectual.

 

We cultivate a community that respects and cares for each other and the environment. We encourage a connection to the wisdom and medicine of nature that will last a lifetime and contribute to a better future.

 

Kids get to learn important life skills, make friends and feel a sense of belonging and confidence to be themselves. 

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DAILY ACTIVITIES

The children’s day is organized into activity sessions with lunch and snacks in between. Learning includes homesteading skills, environmental education, reading and story time, interacting with and caring for animals, tending the garden, imaginative play, nature observation, social emotional skills, as well as yoga and mindfulness practices and plenty of time for artistic and musical expression.

For more details check out the Program Info page here.

CONTACT US

​Phone: 360-305-0021

ferngullyschool@gmail.com

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IMPORTANT DATES

Ongoing Enrollment 

We follow the Olympia School District Schedule for Holidays & Closures

Fall Quarter Begins Sept 6, 2023

  • October 13 - Non-student Day - No School

  • November 10 - Veterans Day - No School

  • 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

December 20-29 - Winter Break - No School

  • January 1-2 - Winter Break - No School

Winter Quarter Begins January 3, 2024

  • January 15 - MLK Day - No School

  • February 19 - Presidents Day - No School

  • Feb 20 - Mid-winter Break - No School

  • April 1-5 - Spring Break - No School

Spring Quarter Begins April 8

  • May 27 - Memorial Day - No School

  • June 18 - Last Day of School

Summer Quarter July 1 - Aug 30

  • July 4-5 - Independence Day - No School

  • Aug 19-23 - Summer Break - No School

WHAT PARENTS SAY

AMY

Thoughtful programming nestled in a beautifully forested area! There are also various play structures and toys for the kids to enjoy. My kid attends once a week and loves it:)

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GINA

We love Fern Gully Forest School! Our 5 year old goes here full time and loves it! The teachers are loving and supportive and provide a great curriculum as well as plenty of free play.

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REBEKA

Great environment for active little ones that love dynamic play and for parents that have read Peter Gray.

The teachers facilitate social and emotional skills that our little ones need to practice and the land the school is on offers a natural atmosphere for exploration and curiosity.

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