Forest Gnomes

Interested in the Forest Gnomes? Join us for a Parent Information Session January 24th, 7-7:45 pm.  Enrollment for returning families begins January 21st, and for new families, January 28th. See below for more details!

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 15th 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: $4,050 for Monday/Wednesday, $4,200 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.
Information Night (for Parents & Guardians only; please leave your child(ren) at home)
January 24, 2019
7:00-7:45 pm. This is a chance to meet current Gnome families and the Gnome Teachers to ask questions and hear more about the Gnome experience. This evening is especially helpful if you don’t think you can make an open program day.
RSVPs are not necessary but reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

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 Nov 7, 2018 9:45-10:30 am
  • Wed Dec 5, 2018  9:45-10:30 am
  • Wed Jan 9, 2019  9:45-10:30 am
  • 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

Still have questions? Email [email protected].