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 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 strive to cultivate a supportive community that respects and cares for each other and nature. We encourage a connection to the wisdom and medicine of nature that will last a lifetime and contribute to a better future.
We provide a nurturing environment where children get to make friends and feel a sense of belonging and confidence to be themselves.
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, outdoor survival 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.
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
July 4 - Independence Day - No School
WHAT PARENTS SAY
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:)
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.
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.