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Learn and grow in our all-outdoor, immersive Forest Preschool, set in an open-air classroom of meadows, streams, and forest trails.


Morning (9:15-12:00) for:

All 5 days a week (Monday - Friday)

3 days a week (Mon, Wed, Fri)

or 2 days a week (Tues, Thurs)

Afternoon (1:00-3:45) for:

All 5 days a week (Monday - Friday)

3 days a week (Mon, Wed, Fri)

or 2 days a week (Tues, Thurs)

Our Sessions:


Brinton Brook Sanctuary dense woods give way to hidden creeks filled with frogs and turtles, with large stones and winding paths waiting to be discovered.

Marsh Sanctuary the perfect combination of forest and field, creating perfect opportunities for education and adventure.

Prices are standard across all locations and time slots

$860.00 5 days a week

$552.00 3 days a week

$368.00 2 days a week



In Forest Preschool, there is no such thing as a wasted opportunity. We let the lessons of the forest guide our day, and our expert naturalists bring equal passions for childhood education and the outdoors to every session. Whether it's seasonal crafts and games, adventures on the dozens of acres of land we have access to, or exposure to the plants and animals of the region, our commitment is to the idea that the best way to educate a young mind is through tactile experiences and the wonders of the woods.

Please download our most recent Parent Guide for full program details.

We are committed to providing safe, outdoor programs. Learn about our COVID policies here >

A Different
Sort of Classroom

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The Forest offers different lessons to be taught, and therefore our outdoor school approaches the concept of the classroom differently. The children are given an open space where their imaginations can take them as far as they like, and the small class sizes allow us to adapt to the needs of each child. What's more, our focus is cultivating imagination and social-emotional growth. Our expert naturalists are full of knowledge of not just the wild nature of Westchester, but also that of each student. They approach every day with a single intention-- to create a stronger bond between their students and the natural world they live in.


In Forest Preschool, learning happens naturally! Math is used to count gallons of maple syrup or measure sticks for our shelter; literacy skills develop through storytelling and reading activities. But our program also helps children learn key emotional and social skills. Our graduates go on to larger groups or indoor classroom settings with innate self-awareness and self-confidence, and with great communication and teamwork skills.

Our program runs at two beautiful locations, Brinton Brook Sanctuary in Croton-on-Hudson, and Marsh Sanctuary in Mt Kisco - each with over 150 acres of meadows, ponds, boulders, and wooded trails to explore throughout the year. At each site a tent provides light cover from rainy weather and ventilation on all four sides; under this tent is our outdoor "classroom" with sit stumps, books and toys, and a central fire, where the day begins and ends.

Our Garden Our Mt. Kisco location has a garden that we plant, tend, and maintain every year. We're just now in the process of preparing it for this year's seeding, which means the kids are hard at work pulling weeds and reforming the beds with us as we teach them all about the process. See below for a video we made showcasing the different sections of our garden, and check back in later for updates on it.

Staff Our teachers aren't just great preschool educators, they are also trained naturalists with an unwavering passion for the outdoors! In addition to passing a background check and being COVID-vaccinated, our staff is fully trained in safety and first aid, teaching techniques, naturalist skills and ancestral crafts.

Teaching Philosophy The outdoors can be unpredictable, and that is what makes it the perfect learning environment for young kids. Our teachers utilize Coyote Mentoring to encourage students to make their own discoveries and learn from their own experiences. Instead of relying on adults to introduce them to the world, they discover it themselves through hands-on exploration and gentle, leading questions - so they can dive deep and walk away excited. 

climb  •  explore  •   collaborate  •  fish  •  play  •   build  •   experiment  •  touch  •  taste   •    discover  •  compare  •  tell stories  •  create stories  •  make friends

A Day In The Life

Example of a Morning (9:15a-12:00p) / Afternoon (1:00p-3:45p) Session

9:15a / 1:00p  Freeplay Staff lead students in a bird-beak game.

9:30a / 1:15p  Snack and Story Kids sit on tree stumps in our outdoor classroom and eat snack while listening to a story about bird nests. 

9:45a / 1:30p  Adventure Group outing to build bird nests in grove of small trees away from tent, with opportunities to play along the way.

11:30a / 3:15p  Snack and Story Kids return to tent for a second snack, and story about bird migration.

11:45a / 3:30p  Freeplay Kids play freely, often inspired by the day's events.

12:00p / 3:45p  Parent Pickup Teachers greet parents and share stories of the day.



Tuition We offer three options for registration: two days (Tuesdays & Thursdays); three days (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays); or five days a week (Monday-Friday). Tuition is billed monthly at $368, $552, or $860, for a total of $368, $5520, or $8600 per year, respectively. 


Packing List Before the start of the program, we send an email to all participants with the packing list and arrival instructions.

COVID Safety Mask wearing is optional, unless you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive. Read more about our COVID policies here.


Weather Safety Class will occur in sunny or rainy weather. Class is cancelled only due to dangerous weather (temps below 20 F, lightning, high winds.) We do virtual story time during these days, and offer a 50% credit for the cancelled class that we apply to your next month's bill.

If anyone has any additional questions, please email

What People Say

"I know it's good for her, and I didn't necessarily feel that way about other experiences that we were having before this. So that part is huge for me is as a's for the greater cause of who they're going to become."

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