Sherman Hill

NOTICE: Class at this location has been suspended due to unforeseen, increased black bear activity. You are welcome to schedule a tour at one of our other Poulsbo Campuses: Kitsap Memorial or Silverwood. Plans for programming at the Sherman Hill Campus have been put on hold. The Sherman Hill Campus 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.


Sherman Hill

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

2558 Sherman Hill Rd, Poulsbo, WA

Preschool, 2021-2022
Ages: 2.5-5 years old

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

Location: Salsbury Point Park, Poulsbo, WA

Ages: K-5th

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

Weekly and Monthly series available, 2020-2021


Campus Director

Brandyn Boyd

Campus Director

Brandyn earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Grove City College, with a concentration in math and science. She taught high school science (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics and physical science) and loves to inspire children to revel in the intricacies of nature. She is currently earning her master's degree from the University of Washington in Library and Information Science. She is passionate about empowering Magnolia staff through knowledge creation and management strategies, so that many children can experience the transformative power of play-based forest school learning.

Brandyn believes that all children are innately artists, initiators of originality, and is dedicated to fostering this in their very first experiences at school. She has an extensive background in early childhood dance education and was the Artistic Director at Aspire Academy of Expressive Arts in Sequim, prior to moving to Kitsap County. When inspiring children to dance, sing, and make music in forest school, she draws on her certification in American Ballet Theatre’s® National Training Curriculum, Music Together™, and the Brain Dance Method.

Brandyn is the mother of three children, ages 13, 10, and 9. She is championed by her husband of 16 years, a well-loved high school teacher in Kingston.

Sherman Hill

Campus Teachers

Jes Funk

Site Director

Jes Funk

Site Director

Jes is from Charleston, SC and grew up spending most of her childhood outside either at the beach or with neighborhood friends. Having two younger siblings with a range of disabilities, from deafness to autism, she learned the power of early childhood practices and the power of learning through play. This led her to earning her bachelors in Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Washington. She became an advocate for outdoor education after student teaching in an outdoor preschool in Norway where she saw the benefits of outdoor play first hand.

She has both a deep love for nature and a passion for exploration through travel. She believes that many lessons are learned through personal experience, and cherish her time traveling via motorbike, train, and boat across parts of Europe, South East Asia, and Australia. Working for National Geographic eco cruise ships for several years also showed her some of nature's gems, and provoked a deeper desire for conservation and preserving natural spaces. Washington is one of her favorite places in the world and feels lucky to be so close to both mountains and the ocean.

Jes believes that the formative years are critical for healthy brain development and that play is essential. Play fosters neurological development ranging from memory, perception, imaginative play, self regulation, motor skills, and so much more! Play is the language of childhood, it is our responsibility to allow children to have that voice and to explore the world around them as they grow.

Sarah Scagliotti

Preschool Teacher

Sarah Scagliotti

Preschool Teacher

Sarah graduated from Oregon State University with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership. She has worked with youth in many outdoor settings as a children’s ski instructor, a youth snowboard team coach, a mountain bike camp coach, and a wilderness therapy program instructor. She also worked in Peru as an English teacher at an elementary school.

During her graduate program, Sarah focused many of her studies toward nature-based therapy, early childhood development, and the use of child-centered play to facilitate social-emotional learning and growth. She loves seeing children flourish through the magic of play!

Sarah recently moved to Washington with her husband and dog. Together they love to explore the incredible landscapes of the Olympic Peninsula. In their spare time they enjoy hiking, biking, snowboarding, kayaking, playing a round of disc golf, or watching their dog chase little waves along the beach.

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

Sherman Hill

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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