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. Children enjoy two trails that lead off of the group campsite where they encounter biodiversity and deepen their sense of wonder. Each class consists of approximately 18 students and 4 teachers. Our COVID precautions and procedures are concurrent with Washington Department of Health guidelines for outdoor preschools.


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Campus Programs


At forest preschool the children visit the same woodland on a regular basis and are given the freedom to play, opportunity to explore and learn about the natural environment, and support while learning how to handle risks, solve problems, and cooperate with their peers. Preschool runs all year, where children learn and play in the woods in all weather: sun, rain, snow, warm and cold, (barring high winds or other extreme weather). As the forest is ever changing, each day brings new and different exploration opportunities. Children play, learn boundaries – both physical and social - grow in confidence, and become self-starters. Children in this environment learn that there are different ways of solving problems and they develop their critical thinking skills daily. Learn more about Magnolia's Forest Preschool program.

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Preschool Details

Ages: 2.5-5 years old

Location: Kitsap Memorial State Park

September 2020 - June 2021

  • Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:00-1:00, $450/month
  • Tues/Thurs, 9:00-1:00, $300/month

September 2021 - June 2022

  • Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:00-1:00, $450/month
  • Tues/Thurs, 9:00-1:00, $300/month
  • Mon-Fri, 9:00-1:00, $750/month

($40 registration and $100 materials fee due at registration)


Summer Camp

Summer camp is a great time to try out forest school and see if your child loves it as much as we do! We often begin registration for summer camps March 1. It is helpful if you contact us before then so we know you are interested and can give you priority on open spaces.

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Summer Camp Details

Ages: 2.5-5 years old


Kitsap Memorial State Park, Poulsbo, WA

Shine Tidelands State Park, Port Ludlow, WA

Time: 9:00-1:00       

July 5-August 27, 2021

Camp t-shirt included!

Enrollment is now open!


K-5th Grade

At Magnolia, we are driven to inspire the next generation of critical thinkers through immersive outdoor adventures. Guided by their unique interests and curiosities, our students grow to be resilient, self-aware problem solvers. Utilizing the power of our natural world to instill wonder, curiosity, and self discovery, we provide a safe space and purposeful guidance as students explore their interests, their relationships with their peers, and the world around them. Learn more about the Magnolia Adventure program.

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K-5th Grade Details

Ages: K-5th

Location: Salsbury Point Park, Poulsbo, WA

Schedule: Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30-1:30

Weekly and Monthly series available, 2020-2021


Campus Director

Jeanie Woods

Campus Director

Jeanie studied education at Central Washington University, where she earned double Bachelor degrees in Elementary and Special Education. She previously taught 5th grade at Sakai Intermediate School on Bainbridge Island. Jeanie has worked with students from preschool through high school, including homeschooling her own two children.

Outdoor education provides such an immense opportunity to learn. She loves how naturally curious and creative children are and loves exploring deeper what children are interested in. Magnolia provides a beautiful opportunity for children to learn, grow, create, and build relationships that will carry them with confidence through their further education.

Jeanie loves spending time outdoors hiking, paddle boarding, and taking pictures with her two teenagers and husband.

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Campus Teachers

Hannah Connors

Lead Teacher

Hannah graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in Public Policy, with a focus area in mental health issues and policy. She is passionate about mental wellness and social-emotional learning, and spent much of her undergrad career working on various university mental health programming.

After climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2017, Hannah fell in love with hiking, camping, and spending time outdoors. She also loves working with children, and has previously worked as a camp counselor and at an elementary school. Hannah is excited to help Magnolia students explore and nurture their relationship to the natural world.

Alyssa Duckworth

Assistant Teacher

Alyssa is a Pacific Northwest native and loves all the forest has to offer young children’s development. She is earning a BA in early childhood education through Western Washington University. Upon completion, she hopes to become a certified special education paraeducator.

When Alyssa's first niece was born with a developmental disorder called Cornelia de Lange syndrome, she began a journey to become an educator. This had a huge impact on Alyssa’s life and is what impassioned  her to work with young children. She is intrigued by the neurological growth and development in children, especially the correlation between imaginative play and brain stimulation. Alyssa believes that the growing independence of young minds is what drives their future success.

Megan Cramer

Assistant Teacher

Anna Pickett

Assistant Teacher

Sam Woods

Assistant Teacher

Sam is currently a student at Kingston High School. She has enjoyed working at Magnolia summer camps for the last few years and as a substitute teacher. Sam loves seeing children free to explore the forest and the true genuineness of their joy. Children naturally notice the little details, and Sam enjoys seeing the Forest through their perspective. Sam has studied theatre and creative writing which lend themselves to imaginative play.

Laura Tetrick

Wednesday Adventures Director

Laura grew up in Poulsbo. She received her bachelor's degree in Geology from Whitman College. She moved back to this area because of how much she loves the local environment. She has worked at various camps and has taught outdoor environmental education, team building and ropes course classes. She also coached a local high school swim team. Most recently she has worked as a land surveyor which has given her the wonderful opportunity of seeing many hidden gems in Kitsap County.

Laura loves working outdoors and has an interest in education and nurturing children's development. Magnolia has all of these aspects. Laura enjoys the opportunity to watch children explore and discover their surroundings and their inner curiosity and love for play in nature.

Laura lives with her husband and two girls, ages 5 and 12. She enjoys gardening, trail running, hiking, CrossFit, and reading.

Megan Landstine

Cross Country Director

Megan graduated from Evergreen College with a degree in Human Services. After multiple trips working with youth overseas, she knew she wanted to work with children. Megan is a lover of all things outdoors and immediately connected with the mission of Magnolia Forest Preschool. She can most often be found outside, running, hiking, or biking, and also works as a running and endurance coach.

Megan grew up in Arkansas and Tacoma, but has lived in North Kitsap for the past 10 years with her husband, Ian, with the exception of a year-and-a-half they spent traveling the country. That time solidified that Poulsbo was their home. Together with their son Colin, they spend most of their time exploring the boundless beauty of the PNW, and traveling as time allows.

Find Magnolia Forest School Near You!

At six 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!

“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

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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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