Emerald Heart children enjoy being outdoors, which is a good thing, because our classroom is the forest!
Emerald Heart girls and boys range from 3 to 5 years of age. Some have experienced daycare or preschool while others are new to being away from their parents. They are potty trained and no longer take morning naps. (Readiness can depend on the individual child, so please inquire if you have questions.)
Our teacher/child ratio ranges from 1/4 to 1/6. This means our teachers can give plenty of individualized attention and care.
OUR TEACHING TEAM
Taira Restar, our lead teacher, has worked with children and adults as a place-based educator for over 20 years. She is a somatic movement therapist and a certified Breakthrough Parenting instructor.
Qian Wang and Stephanie Ormsby are well loved teachers. They are passionate about being of service and are honored to support Emerald Heart children.
We believe that our direct experiences in, with and as nature are beneficial to us and to our world--now and in the future. We foster love and gratitude for Earth through our intimacy with our beloved forest kin, who we consider our friends and wise teachers.
At Emerald Heart, we also honor and nourish the unique inner landscape of each child.
2022/2023 PROGRAM DATES AND COSTS
Autumn semester 2022
Winter Spring semester 2023
in Inverness / Point Reyes,
west Marin County, CA
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
from 9:00am - 1:30pm.
See below for information on our new Thursday program.
Aftercare is available from 1:30 - 2:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays for an additional fee.
Fall Semester: September 6 - December 14, 2022
Winter/Spring Semester: January 9 - June 7, 2023
Tuition is $770/month for 10 months, September - June.
*includes supplies fee
Inquire about our scholarship program.
One time non-refundable administration fee of $129 is required at time of application.
OUR NEW THURSDAY PROGRAM, ACORNS & OAKS
Beginning in September 2022, we will launch Acorns & Oaks, a forest school program for children with local elders as guest teachers.
Thursdays from 9:00AM to 1:30PM.
The elders will offer place-based activities. We will practice the art of giving thanks to the trees, animals, plants, creek and weather of our beloved forest. Our offerings of thanks will be in the form of story, art, song, dance, etc.
This program will run in tandem with our 3-day forest school program and will be structured with a similar daily rhythm. Children in our 3-day program will be given priority enrollment.
Costs and other info coming soon!
OUR 2022 SUMMER CAMPS
In summer 2022. we will offer two summer camps in June and July. Our camps will be structured with our usual daily rhythm (see OUR DAILY RHYTHM.) Camps will include many lighthearted camp-style activities.
For detailed information on camps, click here.
COVID-19 & HEALTH SAFETY
We are a fully outdoor program.
We have designed our CV-19 safety protocols based on Marin County's guidelines for childcare. The children's health and safety are our top priority.
Because we are fully outdoors, children and teachers do not wear masks. Teachers are vaccinated.
Feel free to speak with our director, if you have specific concerns. We know these are uncertain times and extra special care is needed.
Our forest classroom is mixed woods of coast live oak, Douglas fir and California bay. Our forest friends include scrub-jay, gray squirrel, gray fox and black-tailed deer among many others. Our forest home is a rich and varied place that inspires a love of nature and fosters earth stewardship.
OUR LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
We are located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok Peoples past and present. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout generations.
OUR DAILY RHYTHM
Just as Nature has cycles and rhythms, we follow a daily rhythm that provides the children with gentle structure and comfort. Within this rhythm, there is room for improvisation and following the children's interests and needs.
OUR SISTER PROGRAM IN FAIRFAX
In July 2021, Emerald Heart moved from Fairfax to Inverness Park in west Marin.
Our sister forest school, A Wilder Harmony, is offering a similar program in our former location in Fairfax, CA. Contact their director for information.