Magnolia
Forest Adventures
Big Kids

Our mission

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.

Summer Camp 2021, Grades K-5th

Summer camp is a great time to try out our Adventures program.
Come join us on the trails and beach at low tide this summer!

Location: Heritage Park Port Gamble, Kingston, WA

Tuition: $185/week
Monday-Friday, 9:30-1:30

Week 1: July 19-23 (low tide week)
Week 2: August 2-6 (low tide week)

Magnolia Forest Workshop, Ages 4-7, NEW 2021-2022!

This class is designed to support children's constructive play more robustly than we are able to do in preschool. 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. STEM is natural!

Location: Sherman Hill Campus, Poulsbo, WA

Tuition: $320/month
(Materials fee, $100 due at time of registration.)

2021-2022 School Year: Sept-June, Mon/Wed/Fri, 1:30-4:15 pm. ENROLLMENT OPEN NOW!

Wednesday Adventures, Grades K-5th

The weekly Adventure program on the Kitsap Peninsula will explore local forests and beaches.  Throughout the seasons, we will explore different sites within the Heritage Park Port Gamble. Our students will make connections with each other and the environment as they build week to week with a well rounded immersion.  There will be time to explore, play, connect and wonder. We will make available art, orienteering, nature guides, and other sparks of inspiration. The students’ interests will lead each day and provide the foundation for plans and discovery. 

Location: Heritage Park Port Gamble, Kingston, WA

2021-2022 School Year: Sept-June, Wednesdays, 9:30-1:30 pm. ENROLLMENT OPEN NOW!
(Materials fee $80 due at time of registration.)

Tuition: $260/month

Magnolia Cross Country, Grades 4th-8th, NEW 2021-2022!

Grades 4-8, come join us for an hour of trail running at the Port Gamble Trails! We will review physical health during our pre-run warm-up, learn about running mechanics, tune into our bodies and breath, and talk about proper cool-down and stretching post run. We will begin with slow walk-run intervals to get familiar with the trails and terrain. As the weeks progress, we will run longer and/or faster, incorporating different training techniques according to each child’s desire & ability. Two teachers will be present, ensuring guidance and support no matter the pace.

Location: Heritage Park Port Gamble, Kingston, WA

Tuition: $135/month
Materials fee, $25 due at time of registration

2021-2022 Seasonal enrollment: Fall Series runs Sept 7-Nov 23, Tues/Thurs, 4:45-6:00 pm. ENROLLMENT OPEN NOW!

Director: Megan Landstine is an ultra-distance runner, Crossfit-certified coach, and NASM-certified Personal Trainer. Megan's goal with Magnolia XC is to introduce children to the joy of trail running, not for competition, but for fun and personal growth.

Teachers

Angela Reed

Enchanted Forest & Adventures Assistant Teacher

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Laura Tetrick

Wednesday Adventures Director

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Megan Landstine

Cross Country Director

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Lucas Kilpatrick

Adventures Assistant Teacher

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Program Director

Laura Tetrick

Program Director
laura@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

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 5 and 12. She enjoys gardening, trail running, hiking, CrossFit, and reading.

Encouraging Adventure

Armed with a whistle, a notebook, and something to write with, our students are immersed in some of the most inspiring and accessible natural spaces on the Olympic Peninsula. This immersion has one goal: to encourage adventure. This is not your typical, thrill seeking sense of the word (although this will be inevitable), but the type of adventure that leads to discovery.

Discovery & Wonder

Guided by an amazing teaching staff, and surrounded by their peers, our students discover things that make them wonder. This wonder is instrumental in encouraging our students' drive to want to learn and is brought out in amazing ways while adventuring in our natural world.

Fostering Connections

As the adventure series progresses, and our understanding of each student’s interests and needs increases, our staff are able to identify and encourage more in-depth explorations for each student. We are here to help them wonder, and to navigate the environment we are in, not only in a physical sense, but also through an emotional, peer driven process. Students will come away with a greater sense of connection not only to their natural world, but to their peers with whom they have explored trip after trip.

Forest adventures lead to discovery, wonder, and connection with each other and the natural world. Magnolia Forest Adventures help children gain
physical, emotional, and mental resilience.
 “Prepare your child for the path, not the path for your child.”
“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 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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