Fidalgo Nature School strives to foster a lifelong, significant connection to the natural world while supporting the developmental needs of young children. Our belief is that children are intrinsically motivated to learn and that the natural classroom is the ideal environment to cultivate a strong mind, body and emotional being.
Play is central to high quality early childhood education programs. The kind of play that leads to learning
is characteristically self-chosen and directed by the child,
allows children to explore their own theories about how the world works, and is deeply engaging because it is interesting and meaningful to the child.
Building on what children already know, teachers provide opportunities to discover more and dig deeper. The curriculum is lively and always developing rather than pre-planned. The learning process is documented in various ways to make what children are wondering about and teachers thinking about visible. Our teachers are given a regularly scheduled hour once a week to plan curriculum.
Fidalgo Nature School is committed to a curriculum that reflects the identities of the children, families and staff in the program and that focuses on the children’s interactions with the natural world.
Our programs currently serve babies, toddlers and preschoolers with hopes to add programs for school aged children and beyond.