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Current Program Overview

Weekly Sessions:


Tue – Thu

9:30am – 1:30pm
+
4th Sats

Aug – May

9:30am – 1:30pm

2023 – 2024

 School Year: 
August – May

Summer 2024

June & July

2024 – 2025

 School Year: 
August – May

Locations:

East Mountains
(east of Albuquerque)

ABQ Bosque
(Rio Grande corridor)

Age Range:

Tree Tots
(3 & under)

Treeschool &
Explorers

(3-6)

 

Tall Pines & Adventurers
(6/7-10)
 

Time in Nature:

 

100%

 

Forest School
Year Round Sessions:
PROGRAM UPDATE AS OF 5/16/24: We offer a full school year program from August to May, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:30am - 1:30pm for children ages 3 to 6 in our early years Treeschool group and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30am - 1:30pm for ages 6/7-10 in our Tall Pines older kid group. We are offering Spring and Fall 6-week block Tree Tots sessions for children under 3 and their parents. We also offer Saturday sessions from 9:30am - 1:30pm (every 3rd Saturday of the month between Aug - May) and will offer Summer sessions in 5-day weeklong camp blocks in June and July.

Please see our FAQs tab for more information about a typical experience of Forest School.

Learn more about our PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS and the Rhythm of the Forest School Day 

Our sites are currently based in the East Mountains (Cedar Crest, Tijeras, and Sandia Park) and in the Albuquerque Bosque, with our East Mountain sites approximately 20-45 minutes by car, depending upon where in the Albuquerque metro area you may be traveling from.
 
Our sessions are held in beautiful forested areas that are carefully chosen with the criteria of safety, proximity, outdoor classroom use, potential environmental impact & opportunities for nature immersion in mind. 
 
Parents are asked to participate as Parent Volunteers at least 1 to 2 times per semester. Our third adult for forest school sessions is a Parent Volunteer or a Volunteer from the community with a dedicated interest in early childhood and outdoor education.   

We encourage parents to use the session time for self-care through hiking or relaxing in nature, enjoying some quiet time sipping coffee or tea at one of our several eateries & cafes, or working virtually without interruption while your child / children are enjoying themselves under the sun.  The East Mountain Library in Tijeras is a wonderful spot for reading or working, too.  We encourage parents to carpool to save on time & fuel, if they are comfortable doing so.

 
Our Programs:
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Treeschool

Ages 3 - 6
East Mountains

Treeschool is SOL’s original forest school program for early childhood years (age 3-6). Under the guidance of trained and experienced educators, our "Treeschoolers" experience firsthand the joy and wonder of nature and have ample free time for risky and adventurous play. Treeschool is play-based, welcomes children with or without outdoor experience, and is currently held every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday where children attend 1-2 days per week. 

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Tall Pines

Ages 6/7 - 10

East Mountains

Tall Pines is SOL’s forest school program for elementary school ages (6/7-10), giving homeschool learners a community of their peers and ample time to experience the forest school fun that SOL is known for. Tall Pines go for longer hikes in the forest and have opportunities to advance their outdoor skills & tool use. We follow student interests in choosing activities, and learn about local habitats & wildlife throughout the changing seasons.

Tall Pines will be offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays for 2024-2025. Treeschoolers who have been with SOL for at least one year may graduate to Tall Pines after age 6, and we make these decisions on a case-by-case basis. We take into consideration several factors when advancing a younger student to Tall Pines. For example, Tall Pines students must be able to attend to all their outdoor bathrooming with little or no adult support. They must be able to manage their own buttons and zippers on snow pants and jackets, and put on their own gloves/mittens without adult help. Tall Pines carry a heavier backpack for longer distances, sometimes through mud or snow. Most importantly, Tall Pines must show age-appropriate self-regulation and impulse control during risky and adventurous play, such as tree-climbing, stick play, and child-led games. Tall Pines also receive many additional opportunities for building their wilderness and tool use skills.

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Saturday School Year /
Summer Explorers & Adventurers

Ages 3 - 10
East Mountains (Saturdays/Summer)

SOL Saturdays during the school year and Summer SOL are offered for Explorers (ages 3-6) and Adventurers (ages 6/7-10). Saturday sessions are offered once or twice per month and typically run 4 hours (9:30am-1:30pm). For Summer 2024 (9:00am-1:00pm) we anticipate offering four, 5-Day Camp Weeks in June and July for enrollment of the full week, with options to enroll in one or more weeks.

SUMMER SOL 2024

NEW! 5-DAY CAMP WEEKS in June & July!

Enrollment is for the full week, Mon–Fri • Option to enroll in multiple weeks

Sites located in the East Mountains

4 hour daily sessions, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Tuition for 5-Day Camp Week: $295 + tax, $20 registration/supply fee

SEE OUR SUMMER FLYER & SCHEDULE

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SATURDAY SOL 2024-2025

Saturday Forest Fun! Our 100% outdoor sessions will pass through all four seasons and will be held in the East Mountains for children aged 3-10 yrs. Sessions will take place every 3rd Saturday of the month (with the exception of Mar & Apr), and will run 4 hours (9:30am-1:30pm). 10 sessions will be offered for the year between August 2024 – May 2025. 

2024: Aug 17  •  Sept 21  •  Oct 19  •  Nov 16  •  Dec 21

2025: Jan 18  •  Feb 15   •  Mar 8*  •  Apr 12*  •  May 17
 

Tuition, calendar and more details will be coming soon!

Please note, we do not offer drop-in Saturday classes. Registration is for the whole 

series, every 3rd Saturday for the full year.

Saturday SOL 2024-2025 Registration will open after May 15, 2024.
(Early r
egistration preference is given to families who are not otherwise attending the weekday Treeschool/Tall Pine program, but who may be only available for Saturday sessions).

Tree Tots

2024 Spring, Summer & Fall: For children under age 3 and their families 

Our very popular "Tree Tots" program is back in 2024! This program is for children 3 years and younger and is a great introduction to the forest school philosophy, as well as a wonderful way to get to know other parents in the community while nurturing your wee ones through nature play.  Tree Tots is facilitated by SOL's Founder "Miss Sally" & will take place over six Mondays/weeks in the East Mountains at our original forest school site. 

 

Kindly note, this is not a drop off program, parents stay to play! 

 

DATES UPDATED! Spring '24 April/May Session Dates: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/19, 5/6 & 5/13

Session Time: 10am – 11:45a

 

(pending) Fall '24 Session Dates: to be determined
Session Time: 10am – 11:45am
 

COST: $175 for first child, $125 for additional children under 3 years old
(please consider enrolling your over-3s in our weekly Treeschool program).

 

For full details, read: TREE TOTS 2024

SPRING PROGRAM IS FULL. Please contact us to get on the waitlist.

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OAK Club – After School
a program of SOL Santa Fe

Outdoor Adventuring Kids, Ages 3 - 10
in Santa Fe for 2024

Judith Mace, or "Miss Judy", worked in our Saturday SOL program last year, driving down from Santa Fe once-monthly to our East Mountain sessions. Miss Judy is a seasoned early childhood & Montessori teacher who has fallen in love with the forest school ethos & wants to finish out her teaching years with children in the forest. We are so delighted to announce that we will be offering OAK (Outdoor Adventuring Kids) sessions to school-age children for Fall 2024 & likely a weekly Treeschool (ages 3-6 years) session in collaboration with the Randall Davey Audobon Center in Santa Fe! 

SOL kicked off a pilot program and NEW after-school club for K-5th students at the Vista Grande Community Center in Spring 2023. Under the guidance of SOL Forest School's trained staff, OAKs enjoyed engaging in forest school activities such as nature journaling, mapping/orienteering, Coyote games, tool-work, hiking, STEM learning, & nature play. OAK students ventured out "into the wild" from the Vista Grande Community Center on early-release Wednesdays. This program concluded in 2023.


Check back SOON for info on future programming for OAKs in Santa Fe for 2024! 

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A note about our school calendar: SOL’s upcoming '24-25 school year is Aug 20 – May 22. If you have school-age children, please be aware that their school calendar may differ from SOL's calendar. No classes will be held on the following days/dates: 
TBA for '24-25 

  • Last day of the '23-'24 year: May 25, 2024

  • First day of the new '24-'25 school year: Tuesday, August 20, 2024

Upcoming Programs for 2024-2025 

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