Forest School Observation Day 2024
for Educators & Advocates
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Pine Flats Picnic Area, Tijeras, New Mexico
Register: Contact Sally at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Limit of 15 visiting Educators & Advocates per observation day
Do you wish to foster the connection between young children and the Natural World, growing future stewards in the process? Are you a preschool, Pre-K, K-2nd teacher or day care provider wanting to learn more about the Forest School pedagogy? Are you an Environmental Educator who is curious about the burgeoning field of Nature & Place-based Early Childhood Education (NPbECE), especially Forest Schools? Or, a public school teacher ready for a change; or even a program/school administrator who has heard of the "Forest Fridays" movement and are curious to know more? Do you long to start your own Forest or Nature Preschool, or perhaps work for an existing program and want to network and learn more about SOL Forest School & the SOL-Way? Our Professional Observation Days are for YOU!
Come and spend the day with us in the forest and see how our Treeschoolers ages 3-6 years and Tall Pines ages 7-10 years old learn and play with Nature as Teacher. See how SOL Forest School, an award-winning program and pioneering leader in the Nature & Place-based ECE field, delivers dynamic rain or shine programming throughout the school year.
Covid Policy: Mask-wearing and health check-in required.
8:30am: Arrival & Intro to the Day
9–10:30am: Guided observation block
10:40am: Snack & Story / Meet the Treeschoolers
11am: Post-snack rotation & interaction with our Treeschoolers (Nature Journals, "Bloodline", Coyote Mentoring games, arts & crafts, forest play, etc)
12:35pm: Lunch - eat with the Treeschoolers & ask them personally what they like most about Forest School
1:00-2:30pm: Q & A Circle & Resource Sharing with SOL's Director Miss Sally &/or SOL's Assistant Director Miss BrieAnne.
Cost: $50 (all proceeds go back into our own Teacher Training and/or Scholarship programs). Receipts and hours (in the form of a certificate) can be provided. Participants will be required to sign a release and adhere by Observation Day guidelines. Maximum of 8 visiting professionals per observation day, so act fast!
To register: Contact Sally directly, at email@example.com or via text at #505.259.2133 up to one day before the visit date. If time allows, registration paperwork will be emailed prior, or given out the morning of the visit. Please pay in person with cash or a check made out to SOL Forest School.
To prepare: It is your responsibility to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for the day. Please also wear a mask, pack a water bottle, sun hat, pen and paper, snacks/lunch and turn off your phone at arrival (photos from the day will be posted on our Facebook page and/or sent to you following the visit). Please be sure to also bring your sense of playful, child-like adventure along!
It is highly recommended that you spend time on our website before visiting. We look forward to sharing the wonder of learning in the forest with you!