Here is what you need to know to join us! Our classes are small and in high demand, so schedule a visit now if you want a spot.


You will have a clear sense of our vision and philosophy after you spend some time on our website. Be sure to review health and safety policies and get familiar with required gear for all-weather outdoor learning.


Schedule a visit and join us in the forest! Families should dress for the weather and plan to get a firsthand experience with forest preschool. We time our visits adjacent to drop-off or pick-up so you can get insight from current parents if you choose.


All of the information you need is available to enroll online, including our Family Agreement. A non-refundable application fee and down payment is required at time of enrollment. Your down payment will be applied to the total payment due for the program year. Once you receive a confirmation, your child is officially enrolled! Register here for Notchcliff Forest Preschool or the Forest Kinder Co-Op (K-2nd).


You will receive important documents that help us learn about your child. Make note of the "return by" date and be sure to submit them on time. Remember to carefully review our Family Handbook and note dates from our program calendar.


Your child will need a backpack, water canteen (that doesn't leak!), and unlined nature journal. S/he will need sturdy, closed-toed shoes for hiking and an assortment of other important gear. Every child must keep an extra change of clothes at forest school. (If you need help getting gear, let us know.) Per our COVID-19 protocol, children also wear face coverings, so please be sure to bring one. Parents must wear them at drop-off and pick-up, too.


Before we meet for our first class, we invite families to orientation. This is an ideal way to meet one another, preview the forest classroom and trails, and ask questions. Families also complete a special survey to help us get to know your child. Now the adventures begin!


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