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 exploration and play experiences. There is also direct beach access from the group campsite where children can revel in this unique marine environment.

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Sequim Bay

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.

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Preschool Details

Location:
Sequim Bay State Park, Sequim, WA

Ages:

2.5-5 years old

September 2021 - June 2022

  • Tues/Thurs, 9:00-1:00, $300/month
  • Tuesdays, 9:00-1:00, $150/month
  • Thursdays, 9:00-1:00, $150/month

($40 registration and $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

Age: 2.5-5 years old

Location: Port Williams County Park

Time: 9:00-1:00 

August 2-5, 2022

Camp t-shirt included!

Enrollment is now open!

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K-5th Grade

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K-5th Grade Details

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Campus Director

Jenny Stokes

Campus Director
Jenny@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

Jenny holds a Masters in Early Childhood and Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University and a BFA in Art Education (PreK-12) from Baylor University. She began her teaching career 24 years ago in a small Arkansas town and has since taught ages preschool-college in Arkansas, Texas, and Washington States.  

Jenny is a fierce advocate for a child’s right to play and believes that a play-based program provides the best opportunity for young children to learn self-regulation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. There is empirical evidence that shows that social-emotional development is the leading indicator of long-term school success and that is what informs her position as an educator.  Her goal is to graduate children from Magnolia who are not only successful academically, but who are empathetic and kind human beings.  She is a teacher first and believes that the outdoor environment is an ideal place for a child’s imagination to soar and relationships to flourish.

Jenny has two children, Jackson and Grace, and two stepsons, Connor and Sean. The oldest three are currently attending college and her daughter, Grace, is a recent high school graduate. Her husband, Bob, supplies her with constant love and laughter.

Sequim Bay

Campus Teachers

Becky Baracco

Preschool Teacher

Becky Baracco

Preschool Teacher

Becky graduated from Northern Arizona University, with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies, where she developed a passion for local food sustainability, community development, and conscious living. Through these experiences she has nurtured a spiritual and loving connection with nature.

Becky started working at Magnolia Forest Preschool to fulfill her dream of working with children. This school has offered her a wonderful opportunity to blend her environmental passions with her goals to offer more loving-kindness and compassion to the world. It gives her great joy to watch children express their True Self and grow their understanding through creative, outdoor play.

Becky is excited to continue her personal journey with Magnolia Forest Preschool to nurture, inspire, and guide our children.

Meghan Smith

Preschool Teacher

Meghan Smith

Preschool Teacher

Meghan graduated from James Madison University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and art education, and Boston University with a Master of Arts in art education. Before moving to Washington, Meghan worked as an art teacher and an art education curriculum manager.

She believes that creativity and imagination are staples of early childhood education. The opportunity to help develop those skills in the students at Magnolia Forest Preschool is one she is excited about. Meghan finds joy in helping children learn, discover, and grow.

In her free time, Meghan enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping, reading, and photography. As a lifelong learner, she is always looking to learn from new environments and new people, especially children!

Cecilia Hillway

Teacher

Cecilia Hillway

Teacher

Cecilia graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and has always had a passion for nature and creativity. After working at several elementary schools in Southern California helping teach children programming and creative making, she moved to Washington to escape the big city and get back to nature.

When not enjoying nature to the fullest, Cecilia is a professional illustrator and maker with her work often combining art and technology. She also teaches robotics and other enrichment classes at Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network (BARN).

Cecilia is excited to be a part of the Magnolia Forest Preschool and to have the opportunity to inspire curiosity and creativity. She desires to share her love for the natural world that surrounds us here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

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 Waldkinder (ages 4-7) 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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Sequim Bay

and learn more

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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