We are a national organization bringing together educators, parents, policy-makers, and other stakeholders passionate about the forest kindergarten model.
Erin Kenny, Founder of Cedarsong Nature School and AFKA
Erin has designed programs to connect children with nature for the past 20 years. She had B.A. in Environmental Education and a J. D. in Environmental Law. In 2007, Erin founded the non-profit Cedarsong Nature School with Robin Rogers, and together they started the first U.S. Forest Kindergarten, an entirely outdoor preschool that was originally based on the German Waldkindergarten model.
Over the years, Erin developed a teaching method known as The Cedarsong Way, a specific pedagogy of teaching science that is distinguished by use if an outdoor classroom, child driven flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum and inquiry-based teaching. This pedagogy encourages children’s natural love of science resulting in deep understanding and superior retention of natural science principles, while promoting advance social skills, teamwork and cooperation, and a high level of emotional intelligence. Erin regularly ran the Cedarsong ay Forest Kindergarten Teacher Trainings.
Erin had attended international study trips in the Netherlands, Iceland, Germany, and cotland to further her own learning and had been a keynote speaker at many international conferences in South Korea, Australia, Iceland, England, and Canada. Erin wrote the book Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way and wrote a chapter in David Sobel’s book Nature Pre-Schools and Forest Kindergartens. Erin and Robin recently released a new book called Teaching The Cedarsong Way: Lessons From an Award-Winning Forest Kindergarten.
Erin was also the Founder of American Forest Kindergarten Association and her work has been showcased in major media such as PEOPLE magazine, Sierra Club magazine, and ABC News Nightline and UK-Daybreak.
Bringing together educators, parents, policymakers, and other stakeholders that are passionate about the forest kindergarten model.
Elements of a Forest Kindergarten
All weather, nature immersion time every day; there is no indoor space. Nature Immersion is defined by Erin Kenny as “unstructured free time in nature resulting in an intimate, deep and personal connection to the natural world.”
Child-led Flow Learning
Inquiry-based Teaching Style
Child-inspired, Child directed documentation of Emergent Curriculum
Place-based education in a permanent location
Small class sizes, low 1:4 teach to child ratio
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Board of directors
The American Forest Kindergarten association is governed by a board of trustees who oversee the vision and mission of the organization and provide administrative resources as well as an Advisory Council.
Individual : $50
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