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Drop-In Forest Program in Maple Valley, WA.

Join us at Lake Wilderness Arboretum on Monday and Tuesday afternoons!
All-outdoor nature homeschool enrichment for kids ages 5-14.

Our all-outdoor Forest Programs are perfect for children who thrive in settings where they can keep their bodies active and experience the fresh air as it moves through the trees. 


Creative problem-solving skills flourish as children naturally move about, balancing on a log, or huddling together around a story or craft in the shelter or gazebo at the Arboretum. Mentors provide themed interest-based activity invitations, which allow peer connections to form and give access to knowledge and skills pertaining to the natural wonders that surround us when we leave the walls of a traditional classroom behind, and naturally lots of time for open-ended free play, whilst exploring the wonderful natural environment the Park and Arboretum have to offer. 

  • DROP-IN forest program for ages 5-14​

  • Mon & Tues afternoons 12:30-3:30pm

  • Runs from Nov 2023 - March 2024

  • Lake Wilderness Arboretum in Maple Valley, WA

  • Up to 15 children and 3 Mentors

  • Daily drop-in tuition: $45; or $40 when enrolled for all sessions

“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” ~Thomas Berry

 If you:

  • Thrive in an environment of movement and interaction

  • Regard nature as our greatest teacher

  • Value stewardship and community involvement 

  • Appreciate the unique gifts each child can contribute

  • Hope to build meaningful connections with peers

Then join us at Wilderness Winter!

2024 Schedule:

January 8: Workshop: Create Your Own Snow Globe

January 9: Workshop: You Choose What to Create

January 15: CLOSED in Observance of MLK Jr. Day

January 16: Washington State Climate & Weather 

January 22: Workshop: Rock Painting 

January 23: Workshop: You Choose What to Create

January 29: Washington State Geology

January 30: Habitats (Boreal, Polar, etc.)

February 5: Workshop: Origami & Paper Folding

February 6: Workshop: You Choose What to Create

February 12: Animals of Western Washington; Adaptation

February 13: All-Family Play Date & Valentine's Day Tea

February 19 & 20: Mid-Winter Break

February 26: Workshop: Knitting/Knots/Macrame; Animals of Western Washington; Adaptation 

February 27: Workshop: You Choose What to Create; Animals of Western Washington; Adaptation 

March 4: Workshop: Stick Art & Nature Mandalas; Plants of Western Washington; Adaptation

March 5: Workshop: You Choose What to Create; Plants of Western Washington; Adaptation

March 11: Workshop: Watercolor Painting - Landscapes; Trees of Western Washington

March 12:  Workshop: You Choose What to Create; Trees of Western Washington

March 18: Social-Emotional Learning: Taking Care of Ourselves, Each other, & the Earth 

March 19: Harmony Day Potluck 

March 25: Environmental Stewardship

March 26: Closing Celebration & Last Day of Winter Session 




All-outdoor preschool and homeschool programs

Ages 3-14

Maple Valley, WA




Indoor/Outdoor preschool and homeschool enrichment programs

Ages 3-12 

 Maple Valley, WA




Indoor/Outdoor homeschool academic enrichment programs

Ages 5-14 

 Maple Valley, WA


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