A preschool to 5th grade educational program
to raise whole & connected humans
A Human-Centered Approach
that fosters and values all the aspects that make us human and whole: Creativity, Connections, Diversity, Self-Awareness, Purpose.
Learning in nature and with nature
nature is not just the place where our learners spend most of their time, it is one of our most important teachers.
Education for Sustainable Development
gives learners of all ages the knowledge, skills, values and agency to address interconnected global challenges including climate change, loss of biodiversity, unsustainable use of resources, and inequality.
is a result
not a goal
Learning is a collaborative effort
Diverse learning abilities are welcome and necessary
FROM THE ROOTS UP
Forest School Iowa is a child-centered inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions in nature. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration, learning and supported risk taking.
It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
It creates a safe, non-judgmental nurturing environment for learners to try things and develop a deeper sense of self.
Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it.
2.5 to 10 y/o - Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 1 pm - Extended hours 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Preschool: 2.5 to 5 y/o
a nurturing multi-age program for littles who learn through the hundred languages belonging to all human beings, and grows in relations with others and nature.
an interdisciplinary program that intertwines literacy, critical thinking and responsible stewardship through hand-on, project-based and passion-based activities as an opportunity to inspire positive change.
Summer Camps: 2.5 to 10 y/o
for kids that are ready for adventures away from the confinement of home or classroom while they unplug from technology in order to connect with nature and eachother. We offer nature camps throughout the summer.
Where we are
Located in Dallas Center, a “quietly progressive community,” Little Earth Iowa is nestled among community parks, tree-lined trails, and fresh-water ponds all within a few city blocks, and over 2,200 trees at the Brenton Arboretum in our “backyard”. Our campus serves as a platform for different age-level groups to engage in outdoor education, play-based and project-based learning as well as environmental education. For the watchful learner, fox, skunk, raccoon and deer sightings lend themselves to endless questions and exciting discussions!
Shelters, tents and indoor space provide necessary protection from Iowa’s elements and space for our culinary projects and academic learning.
Conveniently located near Des Moines suburbs Grimes (12 min), Waukee (12 min), Johnston (22 min), Urbandale (22 min), West Des Moines (27 min) and neighboring Adel (11 min) while only 30 min from Iowa’s capitol.
The benefits of forest schooling
ENHANCED SOCIAL AND COGNITIVE COMPETENCE
IMPROVED GROSS AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS