This post is about 2 1/2 months overdue, but I wanted to share an update about the new location for our forest school program. As of August 2020 we have moved the program over to the Southwest side of Colorado Springs. The move came as a result of a number of trail closures and restrictions in Palmer Lake where we used to operate. It was an ongoing and developing situation throughout the summer, and eventually we felt we could no longer offer there the beautiful outdoor experience that is the essence of our program.
Our new location for the forest school program is about the same distance time-wise for anyone living in Colorado Springs south of Monument, and is significantly closer if you live in the central part of the city and further South. In fact this location was our primary choice for a nature-based school when we first conceived of it 2 years ago, but due to zoning rules in Colorado Springs we could not set it up there the way we wanted at the time.
This change of location also works ideally with restrictions and concerns around the COVID pandemic, as we are able to stay exclusively outside.
Our Colorado Springs program includes a hike, which is anywhere between 2 and 4 hours with as many breaks for snacks and free play as kids desire along the way. Following the hike we return to our ‘base’ location where we have lunch, play and do various activities, such as a forest-inspired art projects (see our latest leaf craft here), book or story reading, or other personalized activities depending on each child’s development and interests.
See our latest adventures on our Instagram
As pictures are worth a million words I invite you to follow us on Instagram account where we post photographs of our latest adventures regularly and you can see all the beautiful place we explore and fun things we do.
Our Palmer Lake school cabin
Our school cabin located in Palmer Lake and previously used as a part of our program is still a property of Real Red Riding Hoods forest school, although right now it is feeling a bit lonely with us being away from it. Our plan is to resume our Palmer Lake location in Spring of 2021 and have it as base for a forest school, also known as nature kindergarten, for the youngest children ages 3-4. It will continue to be an outdoor-focused school with elements of the Waldorf approach to early childhood education, as together they create a beautiful and magical environment for childhood and learning.
And our older group will continue the program in the Colorado Springs location as we are loving it there so much.