What is CITW?

Creatures in the Wild, Inc. is an organization that is own and operated by local Mom Casey Johnson. It all started in November 2016 as an answer to the political climate and Casey’s search for a different style of education for her son who is on the autism . The preschool opened after a year of organizing nature groups, classes and searching out all education on Forest Kindergartens that could be found. Since then CITW has grown, always with the mission of helping families connect with nature and each other.  

This Spring we have a few class offerings such as Forest Stories and Nature Journaling. These are great offerings for children who are in a traditional educational setting and are looking to get outdoors and learn.

Nature Groups are now happening all over the CNY area! Check our calendar below for times and places!


The Woodchuck Hill Field & Forest Preserve

7213 Woodchuck Hill Rd, Manlius NY 

This is a Central New York Land Trust that is comprised of 95 acres of fields, forests and a marsh. The landscaping is wildly varied allowing for many different experiences throughout the year. During the school year we will also plan days to visit different wild areas and libraries in the area.



Our Mission Statement

At our roots, human beings have always been communal creatures and natural creators with a strong connection to Mother Earth.

We strive to bring a sense of balance back to the community and to help ourselves and others reintegrate the wild back into our daily lives.