TRAVELERS REST, SC FOREST SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Upcoming Open Houses: November 9, 2022 and February 22, 2023
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The Forest School Programs of Valley Forest School are focused on nature-based skills including foraging, wild crafting, whittling, fire building, shelter building, and survival skills. Students are immersed in nature on a weekly basis through hikes, nature walks, lake swimming, creek exploration, campfire baking, and foraging for wild edibles. These students experience hands-on primitive skills through knot tying, fire building, local fauna and wildlife identification, and wild crafting.

FOREST PRESCHOOL- AGES 3-4

Forest preschool programs are ideal for children and parents who appreciate outdoor education in all 4 seasons in some of the earliest and most formative years of life. The program for 3-4 year olds focuses on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development intertwined with connecting with nature. 

All VFS programs are 100% outdoors in total nature immersion. Preschool classes are 4 hours. 

Enrollment for one semester is required. Enrollment for one year is preferred. Classes are on a weekly basis for 1-3 days per week. 

Visit our parent portal to view more details about our forest preschool programs including class times, requirements, and tuition/fees.

FOREST KINDERGARTEN- AGES 5-7

Forest Kindergarten programs are ideal for children and parents who appreciate outdoor education in all 4 seasons in the early educational years of life. The Forest Kindergarten students focus on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development intertwined with connecting with nature. 

Forest Kindergarten does not replace traditional kindergarten. It is a homeschool enrichment program.

All VFS programs are 100% outdoors in total nature immersion. Kindergarten classes are 5.5 hours.

Enrollment for one semester is required. Enrollment for one year is preferred. Classes are on a weekly basis for 1-3 days per week. 

Visit our parent portal to view more details about our forest kindergarten programs including class times, requirements, and tuition/fees.

FOREST CO-OP- AGES 8-12

Forest Co-Op programs are ideal for children and parents who appreciate outdoor education in all 4 seasons throughout older childhood. The Forest Co-Op program focuses on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development intertwined with connecting with nature. 

Forest Co-Op is a homeschool enrichment program.

All VFS programs are 100% outdoors in total nature immersion. Preschool classes are 4 hours. 

Enrollment for one semester is required. Enrollment for one year is preferred. Classes are on a weekly basis for 1-3 days per week. 

Visit our parent portal to view more details about our forest co-op programs including class times, requirements, and tuition/fees.

A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE AT FOREST SCHOOL

Children arrive at 9 am as the morning sun creeps over the tops of the mountains where forest school is perfectly located at Look Up Lodge. As moms and dads give hugs goodbye, all students merge their first half hour of the day playing freely with all age groups from ages 3-12.

The day is ready to begin as the students follow the "Ca Ca!" bird call of their teacher for a morning circle to start the day with just their class and their Lead Instructor. Morning circle often includes stretching and exercises, educational components, observing and discussing the weather, and singing songs. After morning circle, students get fueled and hydrated before going on a nature walk, hike, or starting their campfire. They take a pit stop at our composting toilet before wandering into the forest. 


Their teacher is their guide- available to answer their questions, point out interesting observations, encourage creativity, distract from rainy weather, and manage risks. After exploring and learning about their natural world, refuel with lunch packed from home. The teachers engage with the children as they chatter among one another about anything from the texture of the mud to the color of the leaves to learning about their new friends. While their food digests and their bodies rest, they relax and listen to their teacher read stories. After the read aloud is over, the children are ready to get moving again and spend another half hour in free play at the mud kitchen, tree swing, or forts while building friendships. Kinder and Co-Op students spend the afternoon playing camp-style games or whittling.


The last part of their day is spent scribbling and drawing in their nature journals freely however they like. An afternoon circle time wraps up the day as students share their drawing with the other students. Parents arrive at 1:00 for preschool pick up or 2:30 for kindergarten and co-op pick up- just in time to take a nap on the drive through the mountains towards home.