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LOCAL-ORGANIC-FREE RANGE EDUCATION IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS!


ALL OUR YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS ARE 100% OUTDOORS!

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FOREST SCHOOL COLLECTIVE PROGRAMS below

HAMPSTEAD NC @ PUDDLE JUMPERS NATURE PRESCHOOL 

LELAND NC @ PUDDLE JUMPERS FOREST SCHOOL

JACKSONVILLE NC @ ELEMENTAL FOREST SCHOOL

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THEY HELP EXPLAIN WHY THE FOREST SCHOOL COLLECTIVE WAS CREATED!

​​AT THE FOREST SCHOOL COLLECTIVE WE ARE FIERCE DEFENDERS OF RESTORING CHILDHOOD IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS!

We believe curiosity is to be encouraged and celebrated! We feel the preschool years are made for first friendships, creative expression, open ended, child initiated play, exciting discoveries, being exuberant & full of movement, laughter & happiness!

The forced inactivity levels & confinement in germ ridden indoor spaces is sadly the norm in most preschools. This is truly an unhealthy and outdated approach. Nature Preschools and Forest Schools are a wonderful place to practice and learn the life skills needed before entering a public, private or homeschool program. Learning in a Happy, Active Natural Environment can help your child to succeed in school and most importantly in life. We are the Guides and Guardians of CHILDHOOD!

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  • Hands-on learning integrating Science, Literacy, Math and Art. 
  • Best suited for Independent Adventurous Learners.
  • Environmental Education in our beautiful 5-6 acre Living Classroom!
  • We only shelter during “UNSAFE” weather.
  • Potty training is Not Required for enrollment.
  • Children should be allowed to train when ready not as a prerequisite for preschool.
  • Wonderfully low-class sizes far below the industry standard.
  • Weather appropriate outerwear for all seasons is required.
  • Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Montessori integrated learning. 
  • We welcome many Military families at Puddle Jumpers. 
  • To honor our Military & First Responder we offer a 10% discount on tuition. 
  • We offer a 10% sibling discount on tuition.
  • Only one discount per family applies.
  • American Forest School Association Member
  • National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat
  • EFRANS Member
  • Eastern Region Association of Forest & Nature Schools
  • Eco-Healthy Certified Preschool
  • NC Toxic-Free Certified Preschool
  • Member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance 
  • Featured by The Natural Start Alliance
  • Audubon Society Certified Bird Habitat
  • Member of NAAEE
  • North American Association for Environmental Education
  • NAEYC Member
  • Nature Explore Participant
  • Growing up WILD curriculum 
  • Project Learning Tree curriculum

2022/2023 CLASSES

year-round PRESCHOOL dates: AUGUST 1st-june 30th

WE ARE closed for the month of july annually 

2'S CATERPILLAR CLASS

Class Time:
9 am to 12 pm

2'S GRASSHOPPER CLASS

Class Time:
9:15 am to 12:15 pm

3'S BUMBLEBEE CLASS

Class Time:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

3'S DRAGONFLY CLASS

Class Time:
8:45 am to 12:45 pm

4'S BUTTERFLY CLASS

Class Time:
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

4'S LADYBUG CLASS

Class Time:
8:15 am to 12:15 pm

5'S FIREFLY FOREST KINDERS

Class Time:
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

VISIT US FOR A TOUR

Would you enjoy visiting one of our locations to learn about our program?

If so, please complete the form below to schedule a tour with one of our program directors. During Family tours children must be in attendance to continue the enrollment process. Tours last approximately 20 minutes. 

HAMPSTEAD
LELAND
JACKSONVILLE
2 DAYS
3 DAYS
5 DAYS

APPLICATION

  1. Fill out aplication below.
  2. Pay application fee of $50.
  3. Your application will be processed within 3-5 days.
  4. We will email you regarding  availability & next steps.
  5. All Payments are Non- Refundable.
APPLICATION FEE PAYMENT
HAMPSTEAD
LELAND
JACKSONVILLE
In Gratitude, The Forest School Collective Team

FINALIZING ENROLLMENT

  1. You receive your enrollment packet!
  2. You will receive a welcome email.
  3. You will receive an invoice for 1st month’s tuition & registration fee.
  4. You have 48 hours to pay & reserve your child's spot or it will be released. 
  5. Payments are Non-refundable.

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