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. Children enjoy two trails that lead off of the group campsite where they encounter biodiversity and deepen their sense of wonder.

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Kitsap Memorial

Campus Programs

Preschool

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.

NEW Magnolia Forest Workshop, Ages 4-7, Afternoon Class

This class is designed to support children's constructive play. We introduce tools and teach constructive skills as the children's interests lead. Children have long periods of time to play in the woods at the new Sherman Hill Campus. Their constructive work occurs within the context of their ideas and their environmental explorations. (1, 2 & 3 day options available. Inquire: info@magnoliaforestpreschool.com)

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Preschool Details

Ages: 2.5-5 years old

Location: Kitsap Memorial State Park


September 2021 - June 2022
Ages: 2.5-5 years old

  • 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)

Forest Workshop Class, 2021-2022
Ages: 4-7 years old

  • Mon/Wed/Fri, 1:45-4:15 pm, $320/month
  • 1, 2, and 3 day options available. Inquire: info@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

($100 materials fee due at registration)

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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

Locations:

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!

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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

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Campus Director

Jeanie Woods

Campus Director
jeanie@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

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

Megan Cramer

Preschool Teacher

Megan Cramer

Preschool Teacher

Megan has graduated from Aquinas College, in Michigan, with a degree in Sustainable Business & Environmental Studies. She is currently pursuing her teaching certification in Elementary Education to be completed in spring 2022.

Megan has spent 12 years working with children. She discovered her love of working with children while working as an Environmental Educator at Eagle Bluff ELC in Minnesota.  While there, she realized the strong, lasting connections children have with the natural world and how its calming presence enables their growth. That lesson has remained close to her heart.  She brought this perspective to children while working at the Boys & Girls Club on Bainbridge Island. Now, after taking some time to begin her own family, she finds herself back where she feels at home, caring for children in the natural world.

A Michigander at heart, Megan has found her niche in Washington and is loving raising her family and exploring the PNW.

Anna Pickett

Preschool Teacher

Anna Pickett

Preschool Teacher

Anna holds a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland. Before moving to Washington in early 2017 she taught English as a second language in Poland and Germany for almost 10 years.

Throughout her teaching career she has always remained a learner first, but the most valuable lessons came from being a parent. She believes it's extremely important to let children become comfortable with the whole spectrum of emotions available to them in the earliest stages of their development. Providing a safe environment where they can freely interact with nature and their peers will help them become self-aware and respectful of themselves, others and the world around them.

Anna loves hiking and exploring Washington both solo and with her family. She's an avid yoga practitioner and a certified instructor. She's also a competitive strategy board gamer and an amateur piano and ukulele player.

Laura Tetrick

Adventures Director, Preschool Teacher

Laura Tetrick

Adventures Director, Preschool Teacher

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 6 and 14. She enjoys gardening, trail running, hiking, CrossFit, and reading.

Megan Landstine

Preschool Teacher

Megan Landstine

Preschool Teacher

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, with a passion for working with pregnant and postpartum women.

Megan grew up in Arkansas and Tacoma, but has lived in North Kitsap for the past 11 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 sons Colin & Sullivan, they spend much of their time exploring the boundless beauty of the PNW, and traveling as time allows. Their dream is to build a skoolie and travel the country roadschooling the boys after their time at Magnolia.

Julie Lyons

Preschool Teacher

Julie Lyons

Preschool Teacher

Julie earned her Master’s in Education from Seattle Pacific University and holds an ESA Certificate in School Counseling. She has over 20 years of experience working with students in the US and abroad, as a mom, volunteer, and in the role of school counselor. Julie emphasizes the importance of empowering children to recognize and develop an authentic sense of self, and to learn to connect with their own inherent inner wisdom. She believes spending time outdoors is vital for learning, exploration, growth, and confidence building. Being in nature nurtures the soul, connects us with the earth, and helps us to establish a sense of community, while providing freedom to explore the natural rhythms of the world.

This past year, Julie has had the privilege of studying yoga with legendary yoga teachers. When she is not on her yoga mat, she is dedicated to spending quality time with her boys, and enjoys walking in nature, working out with friends, paddle boarding, meditating, reading, and learning about consciousness. She also loves her Akita/Malamute Leo.

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!

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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.”

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Kitsap Memorial

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We would love to meet you! Each campus welcomes new families for tours regularly September-June 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! If you are a newly enrolled family, stay tuned for details about our Back to School Open House where you can meet the teachers and see the forest spaces.

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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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