Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy is excited to offer “Forest Friends,” a nature-immersive program for children ages 3 – 5 that takes place during the school year. Our small classes (capped at 10 students) will spend their day entirely outdoors, learning in and exploring nature year-round. Two teachers will facilitate the small group, creating a student-teacher ratio of 5:1 to ensure that your child is supported in their learning. Nature-based, forest programs differ from traditional schools in that learning is child-directed and emergent through play and exploration. While teachers will facilitate learning, topics and discoveries are based on students’ curiosity. Forest Friends is a licensed small group program by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Click these links for videos about the history of nature-based programs and what nature-based education looks like!
Wright-Locke Farm stretches over 20 acres and includes our working, organic farm fields, pastures, forest, ponds, and wetlands. The farm property abuts an additional 120 acres of conservation land that includes miles of hiking trails. This variety of habitats ensures endless exploration and discovery for our students!
Forest Friends has its own designated space in the woods, which includes play areas, a diversity of natural spaces, and a lean-to. If it is ever unsafe to be outdoors, we use the classroom in the All Seasons Barn for shelter. Otherwise, we will play outside, rain or shine!
“If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.
-Rachel Carson (1965)