Our Program Offerings for the 2021-2022 School Year Include:

~Farm & Forest Programs at Metz Meadows in Auburn.

~Friends of the Forest Programs at Lions Camp in Maple Valley.

Please scroll to see all program offerings for both locations.

Metz Meadows

Farm & Forest Programs

at Metz Meadows

 

19929 SE Green Valley Rd, Auburn WA 98092

Located 5 minutes from Flaming Geyser, in the Auburn / Black Diamond / Enumclaw area, our Farm & Forest Programs at Metz Meadows serve families between Tacoma, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Renton, and beyond.

Children who attend these programs can expect to spend at least 50% of their time outdoors, on 15 acres of wooded farm. The rest of their time is spent in our cozy studio. Ratios are typically 1:6 (sometimes 1:4), with at least 2 mentors present in each group, and a maximum of 12 children. Farm & Forest Programs run the length of the school year.

In the 2021-2022 school year, our Farm & Forest Programs will have a music specialist visit once per month. Field trips or guest speakers will be scheduled monthly, as well. Snacks are included, and will implement a garden-based curriculum that imparts farm-to-table wisdom and enjoyment.

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Pebbles

Mon/Tue/Wed Mornings

Ages 3-7

9:00am - 12:00pm

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Sept - June

Auburn

At this age, everything is an adventure! This program allows children to take on everyday adventures that lead to discoveries of friendship, a closer connection to the natural world, developing problem-solving skills, opportunities for art and creativity, and so much more. This program will have a music specialist visit once per month. Field trips or guest speakers will be scheduled monthly, as well. Children in this Farm & Forest Program spend at least 50% of their time outdoors.

 

Pebbles are small, yet sturdy. They still rest comfortably in the palms of our hands. Pebbles have had a bit more experience out in the world, and a lot of the rough patches of very early childhood have been smoothed over. Pebbles come in many varieties, however, and it can be apparent that their shaping is still a work in progress. Pebbles are becoming more versatile, and can enjoy themselves in many different settings. For Pebbles, a shift occurs from many times standing alone to being seen with others often. 

 

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Gems

Thu/Fri

 Mornings

Ages 2 1/2 - 5

9:00am - 12:00pm

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Sept - June

Auburn

This is a program for our youngest Questers. Daily life for children this age tends to be a string of discoveries. In this program, children are given the opportunity to make new discoveries about themselves and our world through a variety of activities, including stories and songs, arts and crafts, natural free play, and exploration in nature. This program will have a music specialist visit once per month. Field trips or guest speakers will be scheduled monthly, as well. Children in this Farm & Forest Program spend at least 50% of their time outdoors.

Gems are radiant, and the beauty of their inner nature can be easily seen just by looking at them. Gems are solid, but must be watched extra closely, and handled with utmost care.

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Marble Studio

Mon/Tue

Afternoons

Ages 5 - 10

1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Sept - June

Auburn

These afternoons are full of opportunities for our Questers to hone skills. Elementary aged peers will learn and grow together while practicing skills in a series of units. Examples include archery or basket-weaving. Along with working on specific skills, there is always plenty of time to play freely and explore in nature. Elements of wilderness skills and stewardship for the earth occur naturally and on an ongoing basis. This program will have a music specialist visit once per month. Field trips or guest speakers will be scheduled monthly, as well. Children in this Farm & Forest Program spend at least 50% of their time outdoors.

Marbles come in a variety of sizes, and every marble in a collection is unique and valued for its own way of reflecting the light we see. Marbles can be polished to truly shine, and their aim and direction can impact those around them in remarkable ways.

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Once Upon A Wednesday

Wednesday

Afternoons

Ages 4 - 14

1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Sept - June

Auburn

Drama club, farm & forest style! This once-a-week club welcomes a wide range of ages to meet and practice their drama skills. Children will play acting games, practice memorizing and reciting meaningful works of art for each other, and create shows to entertain their parents or other guests 2-3 times per year. This program will have a music specialist visit once per month. Children in this Farm & Forest Program spend at least 50% of their time outdoors.

Once Upon A Wednesday, a group of children met together in the forest to spend time in the whimsical world of their imaginations. Along the way, friendships blossomed, creativity flourished, and laughter was heard in the woods.

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Skipping Stones

Thu/Fri

Afternoons

Ages 5 - 8

1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Sept - June

Auburn

This program for early and middle elementary ages occurs alongside the Geodes. The first hour will be spent energetically exploring the outdoors, and the middle hour will include a snack meet-up with their elder counterparts. This program has a bookworm component; The last hour on Thursdays contains a book club, and a writer's workshop on Fridays. Children will be encourages to explore their literary side, sharing what they've learned and/or created since the previous week. Elements of wilderness skills and stewardship for the earth occur naturally and on an ongoing basis. This program will have a music specialist visit once per month. Field trips or guest speakers will be scheduled monthly, as well. Children in this Farm & Forest Program spend at least 50% of their time outdoors.

Skipping stones like to spend some time in the palms of our hands, but also enjoy getting out and exploring, with an amazing amount of energy to contribute. Skipping stones are fairly uncomplicated and life is typically pretty smooth-sailing for them. They exude a simple beauty that can be even more appreciated when you take some time to get to know them and see what they can do.

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Geodes

Thu/Fri

Afternoons

Ages 9 -12

1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Sept - June

Auburn

This program for tweens occurs alongside the Skipping Stones, and has a bookworm component; The first hour on Thursdays contains a book club, and a writer's workshop on Fridays. Children will be encourages to explore their literary side, sharing what they've learned and/or created since the previous week. The middle hour will include a snack meet-up with their younger counterparts, and the final hour will be spent exploring outdoors. Elements of wilderness skills and stewardship for the earth occur naturally and on an ongoing basis. This program will have a music specialist visit once per month. Field trips or guest speakers will be scheduled monthly, as well. Children in this Farm & Forest Program spend at least 50% of their time outdoors.

 

Geodes are hefty and durable. They can sometimes appear a little rough around the edges, but we know that inside, they are just bigger versions of the Gems they were half a life-time ago. Geodes harbor an astonishing inner passion that can shine brightly when exposed at the right time, and held at the right angle.

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Early Birds & Noontides

(breakfast & lunch options)

Mon - Fri

Breakfast: 8-9am

Lunch: 12-1pm

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Sept - June

Auburn

Add breakfast and/or lunch options to your child's schedule regularly, or as needed!

Early Birds, our breakfast program, is from 8-9am. We provide simple and nutritious breakfasts, or you can always pack your own if you would prefer.

Our lunch program, Noontides, is from 12-12:30pm (Lunch A) and 12:30-1pm (Lunch B). Pack a sack lunch and add 30 minutes or an hour to your child's day!