Wee Folk Forest Kindergarten is a "rain or shine" outdoor preschool/kindergarten in the greater Boulder area for children ages 2 1/2 to 6, and children 0 to 2 1/2 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.
Photograph provided by Ethan Jones