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About Nature Nuts


Our Story

Since 2004, Nature Nuts has been a family-focused and family-run organization. We support and encourage children’s understanding and appreciation of nature, community and self through a variety of programs.

Through exploration, adventure and creative play, children play together in small groups gaining knowledge of plants, animals, traditional skills and sustainability. Year-round learning takes place on our private, forested property in rural Maple Valley. Early childhood learning has never been so fun!

Our outdoor classroom spaces are nationally recognized as a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat as well as a Nature Explore Classroom. Some special features include vegetable and flower gardens, multiple camps with fire rings, climbing trees and stumps, streams and frog pond, a large grassy field, cable tight-rope challenge, mud kitchen, giant swings, play house, sand box and more. 

Nature Nuts is centrally located and serves children from Maple Valley, Covington, Renton, Kent, Issaquah, SeaTac, Edgewood, Black Diamond and Auburn. 

 Our Staff


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Brenda - Butterfly

Lead Instructor - The Lead Instructor, Brenda Running, is a certified Forest School 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 13 years of experience working with children in outdoor educational settings . She is Wilderness First Aid certified, in addition to Adults and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED for Adults & Pediatric.

Brenda is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Her background includes literacy intervention, working with children with special needs as well as a Family Advocate.

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Colton - Dragonfly

Instructor - With decades spent exploring the local forests, Colton has been involved with our nationally recognized and accredited program from the beginning. In charge of developing our various camps, fire building, safety, and supervision of children Colton can’t wait to get outside to engage with the children every day - rain or shine. He is excited to share his knowledge on all things flora, fauna, bushcraft, and more!

He also coordinates and leads Family Nature Club outings and family camping trips. His commitment to the program goals of inspiring future stewards and way of communicating with children and families of diverse backgrounds has them coming back for more year after year.

Contact Us

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Email: info@naturenuts.org Phone:  (206)  271-8899

Mailing Address/Program location: 25306 SE 184th St. Maple Valley, WA 98038

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