Poulsbo

Silverwood

The Silverwood Campus opened in 2020 and hosts a dynamic wooded space beyond the classrooms at Silverwood School (a private elementary school). Our unique “Fern Gully” forest space provides rich physical challenges and endless opportunities for friendship to thrive.

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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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Class Details

Ages: 2.5-5 years old

Location: Silverwood School, Poulsbo, WA

Ages: 2.5-5 years old

September 2024 - June 2025

  • Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:00-1:00, $540/month
  • Tues/Thurs, 9:00-1:00, $360/month
  • Mon-Fri, 9:00-1:00, $860/month

(Registration and Materials Fees 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! Enrollment opens March 1st. Email our registrar for more information: info@magnoliaforestpreschool.com.

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Summer Camp Details

ENROLL FOR SUMMER CAMPS

Ages: 2.5-5 years old

Location: Silverwood School

Time: 9:00-1:00 

Days: Monday-Friday

* Fridays will be at Shine Tidelands State Park...beach Fridays!

Cost: $230/week

  • Week 1: July 8-12
  • Week 2: July 15-19
  • Week 3: July 22-26
  • Week 4: July 29- Aug 2
  • Week 5: Aug 5-9
  • Week 6: Aug 12-16
  • Week 7: Aug 19-23

K-5th Grade

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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!

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Campus Director

William Hutcheson

Campus Director
william@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

William graduated from Olympic College in 2008 with a degree in Arts and Science with a special interest in both geology and biology. He started martial arts when he was young and eventually found a passion for it which led to becoming both a martial arts and fitness instructor for 15 years, helping guide children as young as two in developing important social, behavioral, and character development skills. It has been one of the most influential parts of his life growing up and he jumped at the opportunity to teach kids and fulfill the role of a mentor and fellow student.

A visit to his old elementary school helped him discover that it was time for a change of pace, which led him to Magnolia Forest Preschool, where he has been given a new opportunity to influence children in a different way, becoming a source of comfort and a guide for when they need him as well as a fellow student learning alongside them.

He believes in a hands-on learning approach and feels that there is no bigger motivation in learning than through having fun and making positive experiences, helping equip children with fundamental skills, and facilitating the time and space to practice those skills so that they can carry them for life.  As a father and husband, William has been a member of our local Poulsbo community for many years.

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Campus Teachers

Taylor Danger

Assistant Site Director, Registrar & Billing

Taylor Danger

Assistant Site Director, Registrar & Billing

Born and raised in small-town Iowa, Taylor has always been fascinated by the ability of the environment to influence how we develop, think, and feel. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in psychology and a Master of Landscape Architecture with an emphasis on environmental psychology and risky play, both from Iowa State University. She is a member of the International Play Association, the United States Play Coalition, and the Washington Nature Preschool Association.

Taylor has spent much of her life working with children, and she strives to continue to see the world with the wonder and joy of a child. She loves to climb, play, and spend time in nature, is a passionate musician, and starts every day with a strong cup of coffee and a song.


Holly Rogers

Preschool Teacher, Gear Library

Holly Rogers

Preschool Teacher, Gear Library

Holly graduated from Washington State University in 2012 with two degrees, one in Philosophy and the other in Human Development with an emphasis in Family Studies. She enjoyed her time in Pullman, WA immensely and even met her husband, Cody, there. Born and raised in western Washington though, she has always been drawn back to the mountains and the trees.

Holly’s professional background includes roles in both childcare and ministry, as a Teacher and Project Manager. She took time off to stay home with her two children, Luke and Riley, but felt the desire to return to meaningful, community-based work outside the home. Magnolia was the perfect fit!

Holly is excited to join the Magnolia team after watching her oldest son’s growth in the program last year. She has seen firsthand the benefits of outdoor education and Magnolia’s play-based mode. She can’t wait to share that magic with all the new and returning families this year.

Megan Lennox

Waldkinder Assistant Director (Poulsbo), Preschool Teacher

Megan Lennox

Waldkinder Assistant Director (Poulsbo), Preschool Teacher

Growing up in western Massachusetts, Megan spent her childhood exploring and playing outside. As she grew up, her love of the outdoors was matched only by her love of Spanish language and culture. After high school, she took a gap year to study in Zaragoza, Spain. She returned home to continue her Spanish studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It was during this time, she met her husband, a United States Navy Submariner. Together they have two children and have lived in Pearl Harbor, HI, Groton, CT and now Kitsap County, WA.

Megan has always enjoyed working with children and seeing the world through their curious eyes. She has worked as a military spouse support group president, planning activities for families of deployed service members as well as a soccer coach for kids ages 2.5-6 years old.

As a mother to two children who attended Magnolia Forest Preschool, Megan saw how profoundly Magnolia’s principles helped foster self-confidence as well as social and emotional growth in her own children. As a teacher, she looks forward to spending her days in the forest, facilitating play and supporting children as they grow and learn about themselves, others and nature. She likes to spend her free time adventuring outside, baking and crafting with her kids.

Amanda Malmborg

Preschool Teacher

Amanda Malmborg

Preschool Teacher

Amanda was born and raised in Washington state. She is a wife and mother to three children and has been lucky enough to be a stay at home mother for the last 2.5 years. She has valued this time at home, spending one on one time together, learning and growing together.

She previously worked as a preschool teacher and in early childhood ministry, as well as a substitute teacher for the local school district. She loves teaching and working with children. She decided to pursue early childhood education again so that she and her son could be together while pursuing a meaningful preschool experience for him and where they could both be around like-minded individuals.

Amanda is excited to join the Magnolia team and spend her days outdoors. She has read about and witnessed the benefits of play-based, outdoor education with her son and is looking forward to observing and experiencing it in others. She hopes to share her passion for the outdoors, a simpler way of learning and letting kids be kids again.

Jes Funk

Preschool Teacher, Trainer

Jes Funk

Preschool Teacher, Trainer

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.

Find Magnolia Forest School Near You!

At unique campuses across the Puget Sound Region in Washington, Magnolia children learn rain and shine. Preschool (ages 2.5-5) and Waldkinder (ages 5-8) 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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We're so glad you're interested in enrolling your child at Magnolia! Families often have lots of questions, and we're here to help. Complete the interest form below, so we can support you in your journey toward forest school. You can also directly contact our Registrar, Taylor: info@magnoliaforestpreschool.com or Parent Liaison, Alex: alex@magnoliaforestpreschool.com.

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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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