Welcome to Magnolia Forest Preschool

At four unique campuses across Sequim, Edmonds, and Poulsbo, Washington, Magnolia children learn rain and shine. Preschool (ages 2.5-5) and Adventure (K-5th grade) programs meet September through June. We welcome lots of new friends at our summer camps, too!

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Our school is run on the belief that children are drawn to experience, to learning, and to each other. The forest has always been a place of wonder for children – a place to explore, assert their independence, take risks, and overcome fears. It inspires curiosity, wonder, possibilities, imagination, motion, contemplation, exploration, and gales of laughter.  At Magnolia children are free to express their interests, their needs, and their passions. It is a child’s world.

Program offerings

Preschool

Our preschool program is the heart and soul of our work here at Magnolia Forest Preschool. Running year-round, the preschool group meets from 9-1pm every day. Your child can participate two, three or five days a week.

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Summer Camp

Children ages 2.5-5 are welcome at Magnolia Summer Camps. This will be the highlight of the summer for your child! Through July & August, we offer four-day camp experiences that are a great introduction to forest school.

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K-5th Grade

Magnolia Forest Adventures is geared for children, grades K-5. Monthly adventures take place throughout the Puget Sound Region. Children will explore forests and seascapes with guidance that inspires adventure!

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Forest School Practitioners

Brandyn & Jenny bring 23 years combined experience with early childhood education. They follow a play-based forest school model in the tradition of European forest schools. They believe the forest provides the optimal environment for their research-based, play methodology to empower children.

Meet the Teachers
“In the safety and freedom of the woods, [my child’s] little voice started asking for things she needed – and getting those needs met. Through climbing, exploring the natural world around her, her confidence grew. Magnolia’s style makes room for that.”
“One of the biggest leaps has been [my child’s] ability to communicate her emotions. Instead of endless tantrums or guessing games, [my child] has been able to clearly tell me what she’s feeling. Being able to identify a feeling is one of the first steps to working through it for her. This is a big deal in our everyday life, and I believe it’s truly added to her life in a dynamic manner. At Magnolia, I know I have a group of other caring adults in her life to help her learn to trust herself and others, during those difficult life moments.”
“ We look forward to the year, as well as the adventures of the K-8th program to follow. I want [my child] to continue to grow and learn to trust herself and grow into a confident child, and eventually young woman, with respect for life, others and the world around her. Those values are echoed by this school as well. Having the freedom to be 100% herself in a safe environment as she discovers who she is priceless.”
“Now, as a first time parent, I’ll admit, I had my doubts when it came to the theory behind child-lead learning, but I’m now sold on it. The confidence gained by learning to climb a rock transfers over to facing new learning milestones, like counting. [My child’s] imagination is free to expand with simple tools and toys, friends, fresh air, and the occasional snow ball. Imagination is the mother of invention. [My child] knows School is a safe place to make mistakes, explore, and grow.”
“I cannot say enough how much my child has grown since school started in September! She went from crying at drop off and clinging to a teacher, to confidently walking to a teacher at the start of a school day and strutting back at pick up.”
“[My child] has great stamina! Before Magnolia she wouldn’t walk very far and now she is able to hike up to 3 miles! She also has a longer attention span. She will stick with a task for 45 min or an hour. Again, before school she would flit from activity to activity.”

Visit Magnolia and learn more

We would love to meet you! Each campus welcomes new families for tours regularly so that you can see the forest school space, meet the site director, ask questions and get a taste for the Magnolia Forest Preschool experience!

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Forest school can be the perfect fit for so many children because it is uniquely tailored to support their strengths and interests. We look forward to connecting with you and your child further. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and hope to see you in the forest soon!

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