Support early environmental education in Iowa — CFS Wishlist

Can you believe it’s already time to head back to school?! At Indian Creek Nature Center that means we’re gearing up for regular field trips and fall programs, but this year is extra special. On September 7, our brand new nature-based preschool, Creekside Forest School, will officially open its doors. 

Creekside Forest School is a nature-based, independent preschool program for three- and four-year-old children. Children will spend 30-70% of their day outdoors learning in the context of nature. In addition to kindergarten readiness, Creekside Forest School also teaches positive peer play behaviors and “learning to learn” skills that increase success in future school experiences. At Creekside Forest School we believe: 

  • In immersive outdoor learning. 
  • Learning looks like play. 
  • Curricula can be guided by the seasons and take place in all weather. 
  • Teaching and learning start with inquiry and occur cyclically. 
  • In being environmental stewards and living lightly on the earth. 
  • Early childhood education fosters critical lifelong skills. 
  • In celebrating the diversity of life. 

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes preparing our classroom, hiring staff and gathering the necessary materials to welcome little learners to Creekside Forest School…but we could use your help! There are many ways to support our preschool, including spreading the word and applying to volunteer, but one of the biggest barriers we face as a nonprofit organization in creating the perfect preschool classroom is cost. We’ve covered the basics that our budget allows, but we’ve gathered a wishlist of materials that we believe would complete our dream program. 

If you believe in the power of nature-based education (backed by science!) and want to play a part in providing that to our community, consider supporting Creekside Forest School in it’s pilot year by:

Our back to school wishlist includes...

Something not on our list but you think would provide value? Questions? Get in touch.

THANK YOU for your generous support — YOU are creating Champions of Nature who are the future protectors & caretakers of our natural world. 
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