Our mission is to inspire whole-child development through wild, messy, uninterrupted outdoor play.
Appalachian Forest School is a place-based, interest-led, outdoor recreation program for children between the ages of 3 and 5. The Forest School pedagogy challenges that of the traditional American preschool by asserting that nature contains everything that a child needs to learn and develop. Our days are filled with wonder and discovery as the kids engage the natural world around them. We never know what we might stumble upon, the possibilities are endless!
Patagonia said it best in their book Family Business, "In a world that often expects children to put aside 'childish ways' in favor of 'preparing' for the future, we stand for the right of children to play, because we know that play is how children prepare for the future."
For practical examples about curriculum see the FAQ page. Appalachian Forest School is a member of the Forest School League.