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Forest Kindergarten


Sensory awareness - exploring with all of our senses

Nature skills - animal tracking, plant i.d., fire-building

Hands-on gardening - fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, pumpkins


Year-round, school day program for children ages 2-7

At Nature Nuts, children have fun exploring the forest with friends from treetops to dirt and puddles with slugs and bugs and birds and squirrels in between. In addition to the forest, we also have extensive gardens for children to learn to grow their own vegetables and flowers. We believe that hands-on learning is the best educational approach for children. Being outdoors provides them with not only fresh air; it encourages imaginative play, creativity, hand-eye coordination, balance, physical strength and mental clarity.

Our unique setting and very low class size allows children the freedom to lead the way, to go on an adventure, without the climate of fear that is so common these days.


Private vs Public Space

“For special places to work their magic on kids they need to be able to do some clamber and damage. They need to be free to climb trees, muck about, catch things, and get wet—above all, to leave the trail.” Pyle, 2002

September 2019 to June 2020:  Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday  -  Mornings (9:00 - 11:30) or Afternoons (12:30 - 3:30) 

Nature Nuts Camp,  25306 SE 184th St, Maple Valley, WA

Ages 2-7 Potty trained - (Limited exceptions can be made for toddlers or children with special needs. Please inquire for specifics.)

Morning Classes $245/month (5 hours/week) - Afternoon Classes $295/month (6 hours/week)  

Maximum 8 students and 2 teachers - 4:1 Student/Teacher ratio. 





Class Size?

2019-2020 School Year

We encourage you to come visit Nature Nuts and learn more about our nationally recognized program.

To ensure that this would be a good fit for all, families who wish to apply need to first bring their child for a tour. You’re invited to let your child play their way through our variety of camps and outdoor classroom areas, ask questions, and get to know more about what it’s like to enroll in an all outdoor school.

If you’re preferred class is full, please consider visiting us anyway to get on the waitlist as openings do occur throughout the school year.


Summer Camps


A day at camp

A typical day of active learning could include hiking, finding signs of wildlife, catching bugs, climbing trees, stewardship skills, building forts and LOTS of games. Our summer camps run Monday-Thursday 10:00-2:00 and campers bring a sack lunch. In addition to deciduous and coniferous forests, we have extensive gardens for children to explore and learn to grow their own food.  Camps are limited to only 12 kids per week, so they will fill-up quickly.

Camps are open to kids of all abilities and backgrounds, ages 2-7


- Safety in nature

- Plant and animal awareness

- Nature Games

- Naturalist skills

- Gardening