about us: overview

Program Distinctives:

Nature immersion

Small class sizes (maximum size: 12)

Personalized learning

Fostering sustainable culture

Child-driven curriculum

Play-based experiential learning

“Whatever shape nature takes, it offers each child an older, larger world separate from parents. Unlike television, nature does not steal time; it amplifies it.” Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods.


Our classrooms and grounds are nestled in the towering trees of The Firs/Fircreek woods.


Mud Kitchen

Obstacle Course

Science Classroom

Dramatic Play

Art Classroom

Reading Nook

4 acres of woods to explore

Indoor classrooms for inclement weather



1150 Geneva St.
Bellingham, WA 98229

Mailing Address

4605 Cable St.
Bellingham, WA 98229


firs & fiddleheads | preschool

At Firs and Fiddleheads Forest School, we believe ALL things have been purposely created by God, and that through His creation, from the towering Fir trees to the young fern gardens, He is whispering, “you are loved.”

We aim to give children the opportunity to explore and discover the wonders of God’s creation, to foster curiosity, and to provide room for possibility and adventure. As teachers offer guidance and instruction, they will not constrict a child’s learning to fit a specific curriculum, but harness the child’s natural interests and curiosity to spark creativity and problem solving. We hope to convey that life has boundaries but not always walls, and to foster a sense of wonder in play and learning that will lead students to be successful in school and life.

Nature Immersion

Encouraging exploration of the outdoors

Small Class Sizes

Personalized learning

Play-Based Experiential Learning

Child driven curriculum

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meet our team

Stacy Smith (Gumbo)

Stacy Smith (Gumbo)


Stacy has loved working with children and young leaders for the last 35 years! She owned and operated The Neighborhood Preschool for 8 years before starting The Firs After School Adventure Program, which is now in its 20th year of serving elementary age students and their parents.

Danielle Strasser (Javelina)

Danielle Strasser (Javelina)

Fiddleheads Class Lead Teacher

Javelina has recently returned to Bellingham where she grew up climbing trees and puddle jumping. When she isn’t teaching or adventuring around Whatcom County, you can find her in a gym coaching and playing volleyball. She holds a degree from Warner Pacific in Education and Human Development.

our classroom

Mud Kitchen!

contact us for a tour!

 email: firsandfiddleheads@thefirs.org

Spelling Forest with wood

our forest playground

Mud Kitchen for tiny chefs

Incredible teachers


Maximum Class Size

firs & fiddleheads forest school

For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact us through our form on this page, or email us at: firsandfiddleheads@thefirs.org


Off I-5 exit 253 (Lakeway Drive Exit), follow Lakeway Drive toward Sudden Valley. Lakeway Drive becomes Cable Street. Take a right on Geneva Street just past the Fire Station. Park in the gravel parking lot on your right.

Firs & Fiddleheads Forest School • Location: 1150 Geneva St., Bellingham, WA 98229 • Mailing Address: 4605 Cable St. Bellingham, WA 98229 • Office: 360-733-6840 • firsandfiddleheads@thefirs.org

In association with The Firs Camps & Retreats, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. EIN: 91-0609820