Bellingham, WA Learn More Forest School

about us

*** NEW PRESCHOOLERS ENROLLMENT 

Online Registration


*** RETURNING PRESCHOOLERS ENROLLMENT

Registration Form (download & print)

Send completed forms to:

The Firs ASA
4605 Cable Street
Bellingham, WA 98229

For more registration info, email our registrar, Kim Hendrickson at [email protected] or call 360-733-6840, ext. 226.

To schedule a tour, email: [email protected]

 

*** Spring 2021 Classes are FULL
Program Distinctives Include:

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.

Featuring:

Mud Kitchen

Obstacle Course

Science Classroom

Dramatic Play

Art Classroom

Reading Nook

4 acres of woods to explore

Indoor classrooms for inclement weather

Program Details

Ages: 3-5 years old (must be potty trained)

Maximum Class Size: 12

Forest School: September – June

2021/2022 Fall Program 

PROGRAM DAYS

Monday – Friday

PROGRAM HOURS & COST

Morning Only:

2 Half-Day Option: Tues/Thurs | 8 am–12 pm | $238

3 Half-Day Option: Mon/Wed/Fri | 8 am–12 pm | $334

5 Half-Day Option: Mon – Friday | 8 am–12 pm | $527 

Afternoon Only:

2 Half-Day Option: Tues/Thurs | 12:30–4:30 pm | $238 

3 Half-Day Option: Mon/Wed/Fri | 12:30–4:30 pm | $334

5 Half-Day Option: Mon – Friday | 12:30–4:30 pm | $527

Full Day:

2 Full-Day Option: Tues/Thurs | 8 am–4:00 pm | $525

3 Full-Day Option: Mon/Wed/Fri | 8 am–4:00 pm | $686

5 Full-Day Option: Mon – Friday | 8 am–4:00 pm | $1,045

Extended Program:  ($8/day — includes early & late)

7:30 am–8 am — Early Drop off

4 pm–5:45 pm — Late Pickup

The preschool calendar will loosely follow the Bellingham School District Calendar for holidays and school closures; see our School Calendar for our accurate school year schedule.


2020/2021 Program  (Classes are FULL)

PROGRAM DAYS

Monday – Friday

PROGRAM HOURS

Morning Forest School Hours:

7:30 am — Early Drop off (fee)
8 am–12 pm — Forest School

Full Day Forest School Hours:

7:30 am — Early Drop off (fee)
8 am–4 pm — Forest School
4 pm–6pm — Extended Care (fee)

PROGRAM COSTS: Fall 2020
Morning Forest School

2-Day Option – $216/month  

3-Day Option – $312/month 

4-Day Option – $415/month 

5-Day Option – $525/month 

All Day

2-Day Option – $478/month 

3-Day Option – $624/month

4-Day Option – $830/month

5-Day Option – $950/month*Discount if choosing All Day/5-Day Option

Days are chosen by families. A minimum of two days per week is required. ** Schedule options may be subject to change.

The preschool calendar will loosely follow the Bellingham School District Calendar for holidays and school closures; see our School Calendar for our accurate school year schedule.

Payment Link

Once your registration has been accepted, you may make online payments here.

Preschool Summer Camp!

In conjunction with Fircreek Day Camp and After School/Awesome Summer Adventure, Firs & Fiddleheads offers a Preschool Camp for children ages 3-5 years old!

Dates: June 28 – August 20, 2021

COMPLETE INFORMATION HERE

 

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

information

Location

1150 Geneva St.
Bellingham, WA 98229

Mailing Address

4605 Cable St.
Bellingham, WA 98229

PHONE & EMAIL

360-410-4207
[email protected]

contact us

calendar 

September 8, 2020

First Day of School

September 20

Teacher Workday (school closed)

October 18

Teacher Workday (school closed)

November 1

Teacher Workday (school closed)

November 11

Holiday (school closed)

November 23, 24, 25

Parent Teacher Conferences – School in Session

November 26-27

Thanksgiving (no school)

Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 1 , 2021

Winter Break (school closed)

January 18, 2021

Holiday (school closed)

February 15, 2021

Holiday (school closed)

May 31, 2021

Holiday (school closed)

June, 2021

TBD: Last Day of School

*The preschool calendar will loosely follow the Bellingham School District Calendar for holidays and school closures; see our School Calendar for our accurate school year schedule.

meet our team

Stacy Smith (Gumbo)

Stacy Smith (Gumbo)

Director

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.

Liz Holte  (Ahi)

Liz Holte (Ahi)

Program Manager & Firs Class Lead Teacher

Growing up in the woods on the Olympic Peninsula, Ahi has always been rooted in the outdoors! She loves exploring new mountain trails, skiing, beach combing, and searching for the often unnoticed creations on earth. She has earned a BS in Environmental Science at California Lutheran.

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: [email protected]

Spelling Forest with wood

our forest playground

Mud Kitchen for tiny chefs

Incredible teachers

Classes

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: [email protected]

Directions

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 • [email protected]

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