Forest Gnomes

Interested in the Forest Gnomes? There are still spots available for the 2019-2020 Gnomes Year.

Join us at an Open Program Day on October 30, November 13, or November 27 to learn more. See below for details and to RSVP.

Our year-round Waldkindergarten program is for pre-school-aged children that takes place in the forest: a classroom without walls, changing with the seasons. With an emphasis on seasonal rhythms, physical and social development and personal growth, the Forest Gnomes will help little ones to be more in sync with themselves and the natural world.

The Forest Gnomes is a year-round, two-day program. Nature is our best teacher and Gnomes are outside in all weather, through the Fall, Winter, and Spring. With a minimum amount of structure, Free Play is the order of every day in the woods where exploration and imagination guide the activities of the Gnomes.

  • 7:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Gnomes must be 3 years old by June 15 of the year they enroll
  • Monday/Wednesday Session, Tuesday/Thursday Session
  • All programs run 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Forest Gnomes run in sync with the academic calendar from September to June
  • 2018 Program Fees: $4,100 for Monday/Wednesday, $4,250 for Tuesday/Thursday.
  • Registration for 2019/2020 Gnomes opens in January 2019.
  • We highly encourage attending a Program Open Day and the Parents Open House.

Open Program Days: A chance to see the Gnomes in action and ask questions of the Teachers. Feel free to bring your potential gnome along but child attendance isn’t mandatory. The Open Program Day is for parents to really get a sense of whether or not this is a good fit for their kid.

  • Wed October 30th 9:45-10:30 am
  • Wed November 13th  9:45-10:30 am
  • Wed November 27th  9:45-10:30 am

Please email [email protected] to RSVP.

  • Attend an open program day
  • Submit application and application fee
  • Claim the spot with a deposit ahead of the start of programs
  • Enrollment for returning families begins on January 21st, 2019
  • Enrollment for new families begins on January 28th, 2019

2019 Forest Gnomes Application Form

Click here to see some FAQs about the Forest Gnomes.

Still have questions? Email [email protected].

What Gnomes Families Are Saying:

“The canopy of trees above, the pine needles beneath their feet, smoke from the fire scenting the air, and the children right at home with the simplest things – pine cones, sticks, stones, sand, shovels etc., these are their rudimentary toys. And they are having a blast! Unplugged time with the sensory experience of the forest and the secure comfort offered by her teachers. —AD. Forest Gnome Parent

“I love the nurturing attitude that exists in respect to the children. The teachers are amazing! I love how they do more by doing sometimes less. They are thoughtful and move at a wonderful pace.”—Forest Gnome Parent

“I think it is a great experience for our kids to have had. In a world so caught up in technology, this school brings us back to experiencing connections to nature and has sparked my son’s imagination, helped him to learn cooperation, and strengthen his resolve and his physical strength.”—CR, Forest Gnome Parent