Educators, Administrators, Parents, Caregivers, Home School Teachers

We invite you to share a day of observation and learning at Ferntop Nature Preschool!

Anyone who wants to learn how to incorporate the natural world into the lives and education of the children close to their hearts will be welcomed. 


COST: $156 per person


  • Weather appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes and rain gear are a must! Be sure to check the forecast.

  • Bring your lunch and water bottle.

  • Questions?​ Send us an email.



Our day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a tour of the inspiring places where children play. Afterward, immerse yourself in our day around the farm and forest. Experience how the natural world provides rich learning opportunities for the children, and gain a deep understanding of the power of imagination and play in an outdoor context.


Our lunch session will be an time of rich conversation and a great opportunity to ask questions. You will hear from Ferntop's owner and founder, Clare Nugent.
Some of our discussion topics:

  • Risk taking

  • Journey in opening a licensed nature preschool

  • Challenges of an outdoor program

  • Documentation using Claire Warden’s Floorbook method

  • Emergent curriculum and using the gifts of the seasons to guide learning

  • A garden that meets the needs of each child and schema

  • Foraging with children

  • Storytelling and rituals that cement place

  • Empathy and caretaking


We will end our day with the children, observing our storytime ritual and snack of herbal tea and homemade bread.

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