Campuses

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.

Magnolia now hosts children at four campuses in the Puget Sound area: Sequim, Edmonds and two in Poulsbo. Each campus walks out the Magnolia philosophy in a unique environment with teachers dedicated to their students and their community.

Poulsbo
Sherman Hill

At the Sherman Hill Campus, children enjoy the 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...

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Poulsbo
Kitsap Memorial

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.

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Sequim
Sequim Bay

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...

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Edmonds
Yost Park

At the Yost Park Campus children have daily adventures on the trails and open spaces tucked away in the upland area of the park. The environment at Yost Park makes every day unique and gives children...

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“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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