A preschool to 5th grade educational program
to raise whole & connected humans
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 Friday 8:30 am to 1 pm - Extended hours 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
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