Forest School rolling admissions is now open for the 2019-2020 school year. Fill out the form below to join in the adventure! 

Forest Kindergarten

This program is for children ages 3 to 6. This is the original CITW class — (the “OG” if you will) and she is filled to the brim with magical child-led education. We follow an emergent curriculum that surrenders to the interests of the children as we aide in discovery and learning. This is a perfect class for children who have been “redshirted” to allow for more time to mature and develop their executive function skills for another year before starting traditional kindergarten in a public school.  

Class meets primarily at the Woodchuck Hill Field & Forest Preserve, Mondays and Wednesdays 9 am to Noon.  

Tuition for Forest Kindergarten is $175 per month. (Discounts made for siblings and lump sum payments)

New added location starting in November!

Creatures North

new location in Baldwinsville starting November 5th

(location is shared after sign up)

Forest Kindergarten

Ages 3ish to 6ish

Tuesdays & Thursdays /// 9am to Noon

Open house and Sign Up:

October 29th at 10am

Class starts Tuesday November 5th!

Tuition will be $175 per month

Open House & Sign Up:

Come and meet the teachers and ask all of the questions!

We will be going over daily rhythms, procedures and all of the fun little details. Please print out the forms below and bring the papers, along with the first months tuition in cash, to Open House. Spaces are going to be super limited in this first class and this is the only way to save your child’s space. 

Forms For Registration for Creatures North:

Emergency Contact & Health Information:

Student Information Form:

Liability Waiver:

Student Information Form:

Media Release Form:

We are so looking forward to getting starting in this second location!


Admissions is rolling throughout the school year. If you would like to register your child, or if you have any questions please fill out the contact form below.

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More about our programs…

There are no worksheets or iPads here as we are 98% outdoors. Instead we have science-backed, hands-on interactions with the elements in our natural world. This approach still fulfills all preparation requirements for a child’s future education (and then some). Here are some of its wonderful features:

  • Significant health benefits. Being outdoors is essential for mental and physical well-being. Exposure to the elements boosts immunity and children grow strong as they are encouraged to run, take healthy risks, and climb.

  • Fine & gross motor skill development. A motor skill is simply an action that involves your child using their muscles — forest preschool provides plenty of exercise and movement.

  • Enhanced executive function skills. Executive function is responsible for a number of skills, including:

    • Paying attention

    • Organizing, planning, and prioritizing

    • Starting tasks & staying focused on seeing them to completion

    • Understanding different points of view

    • Regulating emotions

    • Self-monitoring (keeping track of what you’re doing)

  • Hands-on experiences. The forest provides countless opportunities for hands-on learning experiences and discoveries. All children naturally become explorers and artists. They draw with sticks on the ground, they mix soil and water. The children are free to experiment, prove or disprove their own theories.

  • All materials used — pine cones, twigs, shells, fallen leaves, flowers, branches, pebbles, etc. are naturally produced by our environment and can be recycled & returned to where they originally came from.

  • Children see that everything around them is living, progressing from one stage to another, and coexisting in harmony.

  • Sensory experiences. Every single aspect of learning in nature influences and generates sensory experiences and involves all senses in the learning process.

  • One of the most effective ways for children to experience and learn to appreciate silence is in the forest or on the bank of a lake. It creates nothing but stillness, mindfulness, and peace.

  • We follow your children’s interests and boost their curiosity — they may choose to build a forest house or fort, study trees, investigate, study content of the soil. Their interest is our ultimate motivator.

  • Educational benefits. There is not one concept or subject that isn’t possible to teach using the natural environment: our subjects include science, biology, math, language, art, geography, chemistry, astronomy, technology, and more. All of the STEAM subjects will be thoroughly covered.

  • Nature has no walls. Children are free to roam within established and familiar safe boundaries and are able to assess and determine their optimal learning environment.

  • With so many loose parts around them inviting them to see an abundance of possibilities for creative play, children seem to have much fewer reasons for being unhappy with each other. When conflict does arise, children resolving their conflicts and misunderstandings with more independence and less influence from adults.

  • It’s hard to be passive in nature. Even children who tend to be indifferent when it comes to learning in a classroom setting will inevitably absorb and benefit from the stillness and moments of mindfulness that nature brings and end up participating in learning activities.

If you would like more information about how your child will be prepared for Kindergarten please click here