Forest School Forum

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Master's Academy Auditorium

Event Details


Forest School Forum

Informational meeting about Forest School.  

Contact the  school office to R.S.V.P. 828-229-3172 or email

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Master's Academy Auditorium


Forest School Opening Fall 2019

A Classroom Without Walls

The Benefits of Outdoor Learning:  Promotes  good metabolism; develops motor skills; strengthens heart; increases lung function; improves health of brain, muscles, bones, and joints; boost immune systems.

Psychological Benefits of Outdoor Play:  Facilitates secretion of serotonin.  Serotonin helps children stay calm and peaceful; controls depression, violence, & suicidal impulses; helps with focus and memory; produces overall feeling of well-being.

Outdoor Learning Increases Academic Performance:  Learning in class is one thing, but going outside and experiencing it is another.  Indoor space is replaced with a natural outdoor setting.  The learning becomes real.  Being outside ignites excitement and curiosity that cannot be replicated in the classroom.  Students gain problem-solving skills and have increased positive social interactions, have a strong motivation to learn and more! Children learn best when they are having fun and moving their bodies.  Children who spend more time outdoors show grater capacity to focus their attention and have higher academic performance.  (Skrupskelis 2000)

Forest School allows for unlimited sensory play.  Whether children spend time jumping in puddles, picking berries, observing mushrooms or making forest tea, the forest educators encourage the children to use all their senses to navigate and learn in nature.

Our program encourages participants to engage all of their senses and increase their observation skills through child-driven flow learning.  Teacher use an inquiry-based teaching style and let the interest of the children direct the curriculum.  The flow of learning is interest-led and determined by the natural rhythms of the seasons; Our outdoor curriculum emerges organically.  Studies are showing this the best type of learning environment for K3-1st grade.  

Forest School

  • K3, K4, K5 & 1st Grade
  • Full & 1/2 Day Program
  • 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM (before & after care available)
  • Children spend majority of day outside
  • Classes limited to 15


"Screen Time" for children at home, and increasingly in the classroom, can reach up to 7 hours a day

Negative impact of too much "Screen Time" and NO "Outdoor Time"

  • Delayed Language Development
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Learning Problems
  • Visions Problems
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Brain Atrophy
  • Social Isolation
  • Lack of Decision-Making Skills
  • Asthma
  • Vitamin D Deficiency