A Forest Kindergarten Program for Children Aged 3-6
Each day will find us following our interests in different ways as the seasons unfurl and children discover new things and ancient truths. The flow-learning method allows us to not rush through our time together – jumping from one activity into a transition for the next. It gives us time to “just be.” Allowing ourselves the opportunity to be open to what secrets the forest has to share that day.
The naturalists are deeply invested in being aware and present for students as they move through the learning of the day. We have pockets full of songs and games, activities and art, and all sorts of ideas, should they be needed. However, we find that the best kind of learning and playing comes from expanding on something the children are already excitedly exploring. Students will leave each day knowing something that they would like to share with their loved ones once they reach home.
Families will be included in the excitement with a newsletter that will be sent out monthly, detailing some of the highlights from our time together. Sessions will be one month long and run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (following the school district calendar) from 9:00-11:00 am. Our location is a hidden gem, a forested lot tucked at the corner of River Road and Back Loop Road. The property has numerous glacial moraines, berry bushes galore, ponds and creeks, and a truly special ancient glacial erratic. We can’t wait to explore with your child!
What should my child bring?
- In a daypack: Please pack a nutritious snack, water in a sturdy bottle, and a second set of required clothing in a waterproof bag – see parent handbook for more details.
- The child should come wearing a well-fitting, comfortable face mask that covers the nose and mouth, with at least one spare in their backpack.
- Required clothing for the weather (see the parent handbook), and a change of clothes. *If these are hard to come by, just let us know; we may have clothing to loan or give.
What about the bathroom?
We ask that your child uses the bathroom before they arrive. We will have porta-potty on site when needed.
How does tuition work?
Tuition is $280/child/month. However, we proudly offer sliding-scale tuition. If full tuition is not appropriate for your family right now, simply enter the amount you’d like to pay, per child.
Is there transportation?
This year families are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child at the site.
If getting to or from the daily drop off location is a challenge for your family, please reach out to us by phone 463-1500 or email email@example.com.
Will I ever get off the waitlist?
Yes. And soon as a slot becomes open we will contact the next child on the waitlist. If a session is full, please do sign up on the waitlist, and there’s a good chance we can make it happen.
What’s the paperwork?
After registering we have some important paperwork that includes Medical Information, Risk Acknowledgement, and Legal Waivers. It’s all contained in our online Participant Agreement (updated April 2021), which needs to be completed well before the program starts.
(If you’d like to preview the form, you’re welcome to download a review pdf of the Participant Agreement)
Registration is voluntary, so if you don’t agree with the terms there, please don’t register, and instead let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I cancel?
- If you cancel more than 2 days in advance, there’s a $25 cancellation fee.
- If you cancel 2 or fewer days in advance, a refund is only possible if we can fill your spot, and if so there’s still the $25 cancellation fee.
- If you don’t submit a completed Participant Agreement within 2 days of the camp, or if a child is not allowed to participate due to behavior reasons, that is considered a cancellation 2 or fewer days in advance.
- If your cancellation is due to a participant or household member experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, you can opt to be rescheduled for a later week of camp in lieu of a refund.
What is Discovery doing for the pandemic?
We have reviewed and updated our Pandemic protocols as of June 18th, 2021.
Our program will take place exclusively outdoors. We also will be minimizing supplies to avoid touching similar items, and supporting social distancing and mask-wearing when in sustained close contact.
Those with symptoms of COVID-19, or living with someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, will not be able to take part in the program. Upon arrival each day, we will conduct a health screening of each participant. We expect parents and children to answer these questions on a daily basis and let us know if anyone in their household develops symptoms of COVID-19.
Anyone arriving from outside Juneau must have complied with local travel requirements such as quarantine or multiple negative covid test results before taking part in programs.
For the safety of our staff and other participants, we ask that you cover your face at drop off and pick up and maintain at least 6 ft from anyone outside of your household. We also remind you to practice social distancing even when you’re not at camp, to avoid large gatherings, and to keep a record of anyone you have come into close contact with.
What’s expected of my child?
Children are expected to follow directions from the adult leaders in order to keep them and the group safe. Any participants unable to follow safety directions, may be asked to be picked up, stay home the next day, or to not return.