The Nature Nuts Program was established in 2004 at Shadow Lake Elementary School. Since then, the program has expanded to become a registered 501c3 non-profit corporation and includes summer camps as well as a year-round Forest School and a Family Nature Club.
The Lead Instructor, Brenda Running, is a certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher, a Native Plant Steward with the Washington Native Plant Society and a Master Naturalist. She's also been trained in Outdoor Leadership with Washington Trails Association and the Art of Mentoring Children in Nature at Wilderness Awareness School. She has 14 years of experience working with children in outdoor educational settings. She is trained in First Aid/CPR/AED for Adults & Pediatric. All staff members are first aid certified and have cleared criminal background checks. Brenda is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and on the Board of Directors of the American Forest Kindergarten Association. Her background includes working with children in literacy intervention; children with special needs; and as a Family Advocate. Our co-teachers have strong outdoor skills and years of experience working with young children outdoors.