nature preschool

Wild Hearts Nature School Details:
Ages: 3-6 yrs
Class Size: 10-12 students; 2 Guides
Location: 895 Linden Rd, Pinehurst
Hours: 8:45-12:15 Monday-Friday (Parents may choose 2 (M/F), 3 (TWR) or 5 day attendance)
Wild Hearts is full for the 2019-20 school year and currently enrolling from our waiting list for the 2020-21 school year and 2020 camps. Please submit an application to be placed on our waiting list and RSVP to attend one of our upcoming monthly information sessions.

Wild Hearts After School Nature Club:
Hours: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
(Parents may choose 1-5 day attendance)
Now Enrolling for 2020-21 School Year! Sign Up Here

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“There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all of the life to be found around them, in a real forest. Something emanates from those trees which speaks to the soul, something no book, no museum is capable of giving.”
~Dr. Maria Montessori

Wild Hearts is a Nature School for children ages 3-5 years.

This dynamic approach to early education knocks down the classroom walls and opens up a world of wonder and opportunity for these students. Wild Hearts is a fully outdoor program where children will work in the garden with guidance from a master naturalist, they’ll have the opportunity to challenge themselves daily on our mini low-ropes course; hike through the woods learning about survival skills, participate in dramatic play on the outdoor stage, in the fairy garden and mud kitchen; they will learn about spatial reasoning and engineering concepts in our building area and participate in unique open-ended art projects fueled only by their own creativity.

Wild Hearts guides also employ the Montessori method to guide children through literacy and math exercises in unique ways that incorporate nature. Whether it is counting or forming letters from found natural objects, reading stories or reciting poetry beneath the shade of a giant tree or drawing letter shapes in the sand and dirt, our students are challenged as they show readiness for these early academic concepts.

Children gain valuable life skills as they extend their understanding of the world through nature education; science and engineering projects, agriculture and animal care, yoga and mindfulness, nutrition and human health, team building, creative arts and music. Children will have the chance to work independently, build confidence and also to form relationships with peers and with the world around them in a truly meaningful way: through real-life experiences in nature.

Wild Hearts incorporates aspects of Montessori, Reggio Emilia and the Forest Kindergarten philosophy in order to provide a unique and dynamic experience for children in an authentically natural environment.
The school also employs a certified yoga teacher who visits with the children 1-2x/wk for yoga and mindfulness practice and a Spanish guide who incorporates Spanish play and music into daily activities.

Enrolled families please visit the Parent Portal for more information.

“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature…so that the child may better understand and participate in the marvelous things which civilization creates.” Montessori

“Modern observations and child-study have led us to realize that as soon as the child can go out of doors, we must take him with us.” Montessori

“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining, let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath it’s shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping.” Montessori

“When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.” Montessori

“Montessori is about a kid with a stick, digging a hole in the mud–hands dirty, engaged, fascinated, uninterrupted.” Trevor Eissler