Waldorf education has long recognized the need for children of all ages to have daily, unstructured outdoor play and pioneered the “Forest Kindergarten” model in the United States. Our students experience nature in all its wonder in daily outdoor classes and play. We know this builds imagination and problem solving from the earliest ages.
With many acres of natural spaces at Moraine Farm to explore, we are never at a loss for outdoor activities — from gardening, nature walks and fairy-house construction in the forest, to cross-country running and skiing on the trails, to ecosystem studies in woods, wetlands and meadows. We take inspiration from education visionaries such as David Sobel, a pioneer in the movement to reconnect children and nature. He advocates, “an approach to education that simultaneously honors developing a child’s love of the earth and developing a child’s academic and social competence.”