Discovery Learning at Forest School

Enhancing child development through the gifts of the natural world through forest school.

About Us

Dedicated Educators

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Our educators are dedicated to helping children to thrive! We are passionate about providing children with opportunities to connect with the natural world. Our goal is to show every child the extraordinary gifts that Mother Nature has to offer!

Nature-Based Curriculum

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At Flatwoods Forest School we believe that time spent in nature is invaluable to children.  In our current fast-paced world, not enough time is spent in the natural world. Children need this time and that is why our curriculum is based in nature and created from nature. We have seen the benefits of Nature-Based Education and we are delighted to bring these to North Florida families!

Our Mission

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At Flatwoods Forest School we believe that children thrive best in a natural environment with teachers that engage and excite. We facilitate education with values of preservation and mindful discovery alongside families that recognize the importance of exploring, caring and protecting Mother Earth. 

School Information

Location

We are located at the Florida Agricultural Museum in Palm Coast, Florida. With over 400 acres of forest, pasture, and old Florida history, it is the perfect location for building a connection to nature! 

Florida Ag Museum

Camp Schedule

Our Forest School Nature Camp Days occur on the third Sunday of each month for ages 4-9 

AND

The 1st & 3rd Wednesday's from October to April for ages 3-6.

What to Bring

   Please send your child with a small backpack they can manage to carry on their own. The backpack should have the following items: 

· Extra set of clothing in case of puddle or pee accidents, including underwear, bottoms, tops, socks - labeled with your child’s name

· Water bottle

  Healthy Snack 

· Lunch with napkin (cloth preferably)

· Bug Repellent of parent’s choice that has been applied before drop off

· Sunscreen that has been applied before drop off

-Your sense of adventure!

Our Staff

Missy Clauson

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Certified FL Master Naturalist

BA in Sociology/Anthropology Flagler College

Florida Park Service Ranger from 2010-2016 

Michele Pellicer

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BA in Business- Hospitality FSU

St. Augustine local raising her child in Florida's natural environment

Sign Up!

Please print, complete and return the registration forms to flatwoodsforestschool@gmail.com to reserve your child's place in our program. 

Reference Page

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We love learning about natural parenting and nature-based education! Here are some of our favorite resources. 

Richard Louv: The Last Child in the Woods

This is a fabulous book about the importance of time spent in nature for children.  It also highlights the current decline of nature interaction in childhood.

Rachel Carson: A Sense of Wonder

The Sense of Wonder is a refreshing antidote to indifference and a guide to capturing the simple power of discovery that Carson views as essential to life.

The Perks of a Play-in-the-Mud Educational Philosophy

This is an excellent article about the benefits of nature-based schooling. 

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Flatwoods Forest School

904-669-6477