Preschoolers will get both nature and nurture this fall through a new Willowell Foundation program in Monkton. The new Wren's Nest preschool is modeled on Willowell's outdoor high school, the Walden Project. Wren's Nest launches this fall as a one-day-a-week pilot taught by Bristol native Kathryn McEachen. Students will spend as much time outside as possible, using the outdoors a classroom. "Nature provides a lot of great learning opportunities," she explains. McEachen trained at the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington and says she has seen amazing transformations in kids who get outdoors; being outside boosts both their confidence and joyfulness. What does having a "holistic, sensory-based approach" mean practically? McEachen is planning activities such as tracking animals, making natural dyes, building shelters and cooking outdoors. The goal, she says, is teaching primitive skills at a preschool level.
The Willowell Foundation is proud to host eleven different camps on our 230-acre property in Monkton, Vermont. Our camps bring youth closer to the land and to each other— combining adventure, nature studies, leadership, art, farming, and mentoring. Join skilled, enthusiastic, and caring leaders in one of our programs for…(more)