Edmonds

Yost Park

At the Yost Park Campus children have daily adventures on the trails and open spaces tucked away in the upland area of the park. The environment at Yost Park makes every day unique and gives children a special connection to the rich flora and fauna that live at “their school.” Children develop physical strength and problem solving skills through explorations and lots of open space to play. 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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Yost Park

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:
Yost Park, Edmonds, WA

Ages:

2.5-5 years old

September 2020 - June 2021

  • Mon/Wed/Fri, 8:30-12:30, $450/month
  • Tues/Thurs, 8:30-12:30, $300/month

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

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Summer Camp

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Summer Camp Details

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K-5th Grade

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K-5th Grade Details

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Campus Director

Elliot Hollis

Campus Director
elliot@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

Elliot studied Outdoor Recreation at Western Washington University and completed a year-long, intensive-study program through the National Outdoor Leadership School in which they honed their skills in outdoor education through place-based learning and built on their foundation of environmental ethics. Their love of nature has continually grown with their experience leading backpacking trips for teens in many of the midwest's and Canada's national parks. After spending a summer camping throughout the southwest US with her wife of 7 years, Elliot became more focused in their passion to preserve natural spaces and ensure they are accessible to everyone for years to come.


Elliot has spent the last 5 years as a competitive team gymnastics coach - mentoring athletes and empowering children to build a strong foundation of life skills such as determination and perseverance through creative expression. She loved helping her gymnasts find their joy through sport and take pride in their accomplishments.

One of Elliot's favorite moments is watching a child work something out and experience that light-bulb moment when something new finally clicks. They are excited to bring children into nature's classroom where play is such an important part of that journey into understanding their world. She looks forward to facilitating a space where children can develop into compassionate critical thinkers who are equipped to confidently tackle their future and find their own voice and sense of self.  

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Campus Teachers

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Find Magnolia Forest School Near You!

At four 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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Yost Park

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! NOTE: At this time, tours at Yost Park Campus are on hold because enrollment is full. We will resume tours January 2021.

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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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