Photograph provided by Steve Hillebrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wee Folk Forest Kindergarten is a program of Living Arts School.

Located in Boulder County, Living Arts School is Colorado’s folk school. A folk school, also known as a craft school, is a place for “folks” of all ages to pursue a unique and life-changing education–one that focuses on the renewal of traditional living skills, crafts and music, and in deepening our relationship with the natural world. The modern-day application of these practices represents a return to a simpler, more creative way of life. When we take the time to make something with our hands, or to be in nature, we find a delightful surprise: We are, through the process, more connected to ourselves, to our earth and to each other in the spirit of community.

 

Our Mission

As Colorado’s folk school, the Living Arts School is committed to creating a haven for “folks” of all ages to pursue a unique and life-changing education–one that focuses on the renewal of traditional living skills, crafts and music, and in deepening our relationship with the natural world.  We believe that it feels good and is meaningful to make things for ourselves and each other, and that we make new connections to ourselves and our environment by spending time in nature. We seek to enrich our community’s natural, cultural and artistic legacy, and to support a movement of the people towards heart-centered resiliency and awake, aware living.

We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.
— Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder