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 two dynamic wooded spaces beyond the classrooms on Silverwood School (a private elementary school). Our unique outdoor spaces, the “Enchanted Forest” and “Fern Gully,” provide rich physical challenges and...LEARN MORE
At the Kitsap Memorial Campus children enjoy the expansive group campsite which is a combination of wide open spaces and forest, as well as a beach along the hood canal which fosters rich imaginative play.LEARN MORE
The Bainbridge campus opens summer of 2023 and is lovingly nestled in the forest adjacent to The Island School. We are thrilled to be in partnership with TIS and by their warm welcome to join this wonderful learning...LEARN MORE
Opening Summer of 2023, the NEW Port Orchard Campus is located at Manchester State Park. Amidst the old growth forest, trails, and meadows, our classes will experience the joy and beauty of nature's outdoor...LEARN MORE
At the Lynndale Campus children have daily adventures on the trails and open spaces tucked away throughout the diverse forest. The environment at Lynndale makes every day unique and gives children...LEARN MORE
At the Sequim Bay Campus, children start their day with a breathtaking hike across a large bridge and enjoy the group campsite. It has a magical feel that draws children in for a wide variety of...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.