I frequently get piqued by an idea, and the other day I realized that it was very possible that I could start my own preschool. Snohomish Parks and Recreation has an avenue where you can initiate your own class or program. Willis Tucker park would be a perfect location. Is it something I could do? Am I qualified? Could I find someone to do it with me? These thoughts are all racing through my head. I'm excited thinking about it, but then I think of the work involved, and how I am already busy enough. Really I wish someone would do it for me.
I don't know, but in the meantime I thought a post of the current programs in the general area might be useful to some people. I am pleasantly surprised that there are more programs available than when I googled a year ago.
- Farrel Mc-Whirter Outdoor Preschool (Redmond) - My mother actually started this one just this year. I really wanted to send Selena here, but I couldn't justify the 40 minute drive.
- Natural Start Preschool (Bellevue)
- Cedarsong Nature School (Vashon Island) - This one was featured in the Seattle Times a while ago.
- Wilderness Awareness School (Duvall)
- Discovery Park Nature Kids (Seattle)
- Nature Preschool (Tacoma)
- Field & Forest Outdoor Preschool (Woodinville)
- Fox in the Forest - (Bothell) - New in 2012
- Woodland Park Cooperative Preschool (Seattle) - This isn't a nature preschool, but they do have an outdoor classroom, and the teacher, Teacher Tom has a blog that is fantastic.
- Washington Park Arboretum (Seattle) - Opening Fall 2013
- Froggy Holler (Shoreline) - Froggy Holler Blog
Here are some general links about nature and child development and particular nature classrooms: