Imagine a classroom without walls — roofed only by the sky and  surrounded by the endless wonder of nature.


This is a forest school — a concept which originated in Scandinavia in the 1950s and expanded to other parts of Europe in decades to follow. Today, forest schools have finally made their way to the US, supported by years of research in childhood development and psychology. More and more parents, caretakers and educators are heading out of the schoolhouse and into the woods as they begin to see the value of non-cognitive skills and children's social and emotional growth over rigorous testing and traditional academics. 

The Forest School Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 founded in 2016 whose mission is to foster and grow the forest school movement in the southeastern states. The FSF opened their own first year-round preschool program in Asheville, NC, called the Growing Wild Forest School and  the organization is dedicated to increasing public awareness and advocacy for this unique and proven educational model.

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