Wee Folk Forest Kindergarten is a "rain or shine" outdoor preschool/kindergarten in the greater Boulder area for children ages 3 to 6, and children 0-3 in our Parent/Tot program. We are inspired by the Waldkindergartens and Forest Schools of Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland, where children spend the early years of their education in entirely outdoor settings. There are enormous benefits for children who attend forest kindergartens, ranging from social-emotional and sensory-motor health, to a richly developed sense of place, and active imaginations.

When observed, these children convey an empowerment uncommon for their age, and a contentment that will make anyone "run for the forest".

Wee Folk Forest Kindergarten is a program of Living Arts School, Colorado's folk school.

The child with a positive ecological identity has a sense of belonging in knowing that he or she is a part of nature versus separate from it, a sense of wonder in being in touch with what is beautiful and awe-inspiring in the natural world, and a sense of security (or healing) found ‘in the repeated refrains of nature- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter’ (Carson, 1965).
— Ruth Wilson

 

Photograph provided by Ethan Jones

 
 
A participant carves a spoon during a Living Arts School adult workshop.

A participant carves a spoon during a Living Arts School adult workshop.

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Learn about Living Arts School and our many offerings for "folks" of all ages in Boulder County, including adult workshops, a homeschool enrichment program on a farm and summer programs for early childhood and grades-age campers.

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Children in a German Waldkindergarten. Photograph provided by Gregor Sticker - Waldkindergarten Duesseldorf

Children in a German Waldkindergarten. Photograph provided by Gregor Sticker - Waldkindergarten Duesseldorf

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Our program serves children ages 3 to 6, and we opened "our doors" in Fall 2017. Get your questions answered and learn more about how to secure your child's spot in our unique program.

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