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Exploring the Outdoors - A Forest School & Nature Journaling Experience

Heather Linke
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Helping children discover the wonder of nature as they explore and share through observation, art, and nature journaling.

Class Experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Beginner - Intermediate Level
  • Students will learn to share experiences, exchange ideas and stories, and take turns with kindness as they practice their communication and cooperation skills. While outdoors, they will learn self-awareness, improved balance and coordination, and continue to develop fine and gross motor skills. Students will practice the valuable skills of imaginative play, asking questions, decision making, and problem-solving. Students will grow in their appreciation and connection to the natural world, learning to observe and respect the things around them.
I received my certification as a Master Forest Kindergarten Teacher from The Wauhatchie School/Forest School Teacher Institute, and have taught in the fields of Forest Kindergarten, nature schools, and outdoor education for over 20 years. 

As a teacher, I greatly value listening to children and giving them gentle guidance and a warm and encouraging space to follow their interests and try new things. 

I believe that every child can and should be able to experience the wholistic benefits of the Forest School philosophy, regardless of their access to a traditional program... and I hope this class will allow us to bring the wonder and joy of nature to your child, wherever you may be, and however you are able to bring them outdoors. 
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Students should complete an observation page in their nature journal, and bring at least one found natural item to class each week. Each week we will base our sharing and conversation around the following themes: Week 1 - What did you see? Week 2 - What did you hear? Week 3 - What did you touch? Week 4 - What did you smell? Students should come to class ready to share something of their choice based around that theme.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Assessments are offered upon request.
This class offers a gentle and supportive environment. I'm happy to discuss any special adjustments your child may need to help them feel successful and enjoy the class! 
a nature journaling book of their choice, preferably with unlined paper. 


colored pencils for nature drawings

a couple of block crayons (or regular crayons with their paper removed) for rubbings

plastic collection jar(s) - for small items

These items should be readily available to the student when outdoors, and brought to class each week.
Joined November, 2020
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Hi Friends! 

I grew up homeschooling in the woods of Maine. I spent my summers at Girl Scout camp, and traveling across the country on adventures primarily focused on the outdoors and history - like a wagon train traversing the North Dakota... 
Group Class


weekly or $65 for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
50 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
3-10 learners per class

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