Welcome to Magnolia Forest Preschool, a “Natural Childlife Preserve.” Our school runs on the belief that children are drawn to experience, to learning, and to each other. We see it as our responsibility to create an environment where each child can reach out for life and touch it, wallow in it, tinker with it, interpret it, and express it. The forest provides open-ended materials that inspire curiosity, wonder, manipulation, motion, contemplation, and gales of laughter. Here, our number one goal is to empower children.
The Sherman Hill Campus hosts our Waldkinder program and is comprised of 7 acres of wooded land adjacent to Petal and Pitchfork Farm. The space allows for long-standing constructive play with natural materials and tree climbing. It affords physical challenges within the rich forest ecosystem.LEARN MORE
The Silverwood Campus opened in 2020 and hosts a dynamic wooded space beyond the classrooms at Silverwood School (a private elementary school). Our unique “Fern Gully" forest space provides rich physical challenges and...LEARN MORE
“Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove, has been hallowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished.” - Chief Seattle, 1854
A land acknowledgment is a statement that formally recognizes the historical and continuing connection between Indigenous Peoples and their native and ancestral lands. In this spirit, we humbly make this land acknowledgment.
We acknowledge that the land on which we daily grow and play is within the ancestral territory of the Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš), S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm̕), Snohomish, Skokomish, Stillaguamish, Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Peoples, and many more. We honor the cultures, histories, and continued contributions of Indigenous Peoples and acknowledge the violent history of 500 years of colonial oppression at the hands of European explorers and those who settled here. We recognize that these Indigenous Peoples are the traditional stewards of this land and will work not only to learn about their history and culture ourselves, but to pass on this learning to the children and families we serve. We commit to being stewards of the Earth and caretakers of future generations with a spirit of compassion, intuition, and deep reflection as we continue to grow and learn. With every single step on these lands, we deeply wish to intentionally notice and care for what and who we are standing on and staying with. We will work to partner with and empower Indigenous and Native People within our community and beyond, and work towards a more inclusive and equitable community. No land acknowledgment can right the wrongs suffered by these and other Indigenous People, but we engage in this practice to promote social justice, decolonization, and greater Indigenous visibility.