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 6 years of age. Our 3 year olds are mostly 3 and a half. (Readiness depends on the individual child, so please inquire if you have questions.) 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.

Emerald Heart's class size is minimum of 7 and maximum of 9. This means our two teachers can give plenty of individualized attention and care for each and every child. 



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 is our assistant teacher. Qian graduated in Art Therapy from College of New Rochelle in New York. She is passionate about being of service and is honored to support Emerald Heart children. 

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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.

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Four week camp

in Fairfax (near downtown),

Marin County, CA

Monday May 31 to Wednesday June 23, 2021

Camp will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

Total cost $800.


Click HERE for Summer Camp Application.

As of April 9th, our summer camp is full. If you would like your child to be added to our waiting list, please contact us



Autumn semester 2021 

Winter Spring semester 2022

in Inverness / Point Reyes,

west Marin County, CA

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

from 9:00am - 1:30pm.

Aftercare from 1:30pm-3:00pm.

Tuition is $799/month.

*includes supplies fee

Aftercare is additional cost.

Commitment is for one semester.

One time non-refundable administration fee of $129 is required at time of application. 




In July 2021, we are moving from Fairfax to the Inverness / Point Reyes area in west Marin.  Taira looks forward to serving families in her own community and her beloved home place. 


In autumn 2021, our sister forest school, A Wilder Harmony, will offer a similar program to ours at our current location near downtown Fairfax. Contact their director for information.  


In our new Inverness / Point Reyes homebase, our forest classroom is mixed woods of coast live oak, madrone, 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. 

We are a fully outdoor program. We believe this to be a safer alternative to indoor settings.  We are passionate about the benefits of outdoor education and are excited about being a growing Forest School program. 
Given that Emerald Heart is designed for outdoor learning, we have adjusted to new CV-19 safety protocols with ease.  
We have designed our safety protocols based on Marin County's guidelines for childcare. The children's health and safety are our top priority.
Feel free to speak with our director and lead teacher, Taira, if you have specific concerns. We know these are uncertain times and extra special care is needed. 



At Emerald Heart, we honor and nourish relationships to ourselves, each other and earth. We value the unique inner landscape of each child and the dynamic landscape of our forest home. 

We do this through daily focus on social and emotional development, physical development, creative thinking, self expression and nature connection. We believe that our direct experiences in, with and as nature are beneficial to us and to our world--now and in the future.

Our days are primarily interest-led, which allows for learning opportunities to arise out of direct experience.

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