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Kaleidoscope forest school

The Mission of Kaleidoscope is to offer safe, affordable, consistent, high-quality Preschool and child care services while supporting the families of Orcas Island.

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See What People Are Saying

"Out in the Woods is the place for young folks to be! Great idea! They will learn to love the outdoors all their lives!" 

- Jim Holbert, grandparent


WA State Department of Children, Youth, & Families

DCYF Begins Licensing Outdoor Preschools


Islands' SOunder

Kaleidoscope becomes first in the country to license outdoor preschool


Natural Start Alliance

Licensing Outdoor & Nature Preschools, in Washington State and Beyond



Kaleidoscope Forest School

Kaleidoscope Forest School provides the opportunity for young children to experience learning in the outdoor world. On Forest School days, we spend the entire day in nature: our classroom is the forest and the forest is our teacher!


Forest School uses an emergent curriculum teaching philosophy, in which children’s interests are supported through observation, documentation, and response. An emergent curriculum allows the teachings of nature to enhance a child’s educational experience, as well as empowers children to develop learning opportunities both unique and meaningful to them.

Kaleidoscope has partnered with YMCA Camp Orkila and Moran State Park to create ecologically dynamic forest classrooms in which children can explore the natural landscapes of Orcas Island.


We are proud to be the first licensed outdoor, nature-based preschool program by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families! - Click Here for more info  


Daily Forest School Schedule


8:30 Leave Kaleidoscope

9:00 Morning gathering and breakfast at Forest School site

9:30 Free explore*

11:30 Lunch*

12:00 Rest time, sit-spots

1:00 Free explore*

3:00 Snack

3:30 Return to Kaleidoscope/Pick up


*Free explore time is the children’s opportunity for self-directed play. Teachers will offer optional learning opportunities as interests emerge, such as a guided walks, group game, arts and crafts activity, etc.

*All meals are provided by Kaleidoscope

*Rest time includes quiet time alone in a chosen sit-spot or in small groups.


See regular updates on exciting things happening at Forest School on our Facebook Page!


Enrollment Options

Forest School is offered Monday-Thursday, September - June, following the OISD calendar.

Each preschooler enrolled at Kaleidoscope will be scheduled to attend Forest School one day a week.

Part time enrollment: 2 days/week=$500/month* for 10 month school year (annual tuition)

Full time enrollment: 4 days/week=$1000/month* for 10 month school year (annual tuition)

*no credit can be given for absent or missed for school days

Preparing Your Child for Forest School

Wearing the right clothes for the weather is crucial to everyone having a positive experience. As is often said in Forest School settings “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!”


All Year:

  • Backpack and labeled water bottle
  • Comfortable warm waterproof footwear
  • Clothing that can get muddy and dirty
  • Rain pants and jacket or a full body rain suit
  • Minimum 1 pair of extra clothes (I.e. underwear, socks, shirt and pants) *as the year goes on you will get to know your child’s specific extra clothing needs.

Winter Months:

  • Warm non-cotton hat
  • Long non-cotton underwear
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Wool socks
  • Warm, waterproof boots
  • Gloves

Labeling:

  • We recommend you label your child’s clothing in order to keep mix-ups from happening.


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