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FORESTplay

Where Children Come to Play but Learn to Thrive.

Where Childhood Comes Alive!

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FORESTplay is a 5 hour, 100% outdoor, nature immersion program for children 3yrs to 10yrs. We offer play experiences with a low adult/child ratio, small group size and developmentally appropriate age groups. Each day is filled with ample time to play, story time to ignite the imagination, nature exploration to connect with the environment and freedom to relax and reflect in a place of calm and serenity.

 

Rooted in the belief that children learn and develop through play and that nature evokes intrigue and excitement, awe and wonder, peace and calm; River’s Edge Forest Play is the essence of childhood.  With the whole-child in mind FORESTplay focuses on a child’s social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development. The nature based environment inspires, challenges and ignites a child’s curiosity and sense of wonder. Children become confident, resilient, compassionate, creative and kind in this premier child-led, inquiry-taught, natural learning environment.  

Daily Schedule:

9:00-9:30am Gathering and free play

9:30-9:45am Story & Snack

9:50-10:00am Trek to Site

10:00-12:00am Free Play 

12:00-12:30pm Lunch

12:30-1:45pm Exploration & Adventure

1:45-2:00pm Nature Notes, Closure & Pick up

2021-2022 Programs

Registration Opens February 4, 2021

All groups run year long, Sept-May, from 9am-2pm. FORESTplay classes are divided by developmentally appropriate age groupings. This program is a 9 month commitment with a $250 non-refundable registration fee and monthly payments through May. Tuition is non-refundable.

 

Sessions begin the week of September 7, 2021 and run through Monday May 30, 2022.

This is a 34 week program with days off for holidays. A class calendar will be sent after registration.

We maintain a familiar daily rhythm to provide a grounding general structure from which the children freely play. As children spend time in the same forest site each week they develop a sense of connectedness, mastery of environment, and awareness of changes in the forest. This awareness of seasonal and weather changes leads to great child-led, impromptu adventures. Our goals are to tap into a child's sense of wonder about nature and to give them the opportunity to freely explore with all their senses.

Our highly trained Forest Guides are experienced in child development and social emotional learning which brings a unique opportunity for growth and exploring to your child. Through keen observation of each child's strengths and areas for growth, guides invite the child into deeper challenges and new learning experiences specific to the child.

Pioneers

Ages 3-5

2 day a week program from 9-2pm.

Tuesday and Thursday

OR

Wednesday and Friday

Explorers

Ages 6-8

2 day a week program from 9-2pm

 

​Wednesday and Friday

Trailblazers

Ages 3-6 and 7-10

Our only 1 day a week program divided into classes by ages. Runs from 9-2pm.

 

Monday

Little Ones FORESTplay

FORESTplay for children ages 9 months to 3 years of age with a parent or caregiver in attendance. Parents actively engage in the play with the support of a trained Forest Guide to promote sensory rich developmental play opportunities for our littlest ones!

Next 2021 Session:

Fridays 9:30-11:30  

May 7, 14, 21

CONTACT

Teece Nowell Founding Director

PO Box 325

5030 Sudley Rd 

West River, MD 20778

410-703-6157

 

teece@riversedgeforestplay.com

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Nature play experiences that inspire deeper connection to nature, self, and others so children can thrive.

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