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AMERICAN

FOREST KINDERGARTEN

ASSOCIATION

 

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.

Mission

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

 

Phone

(206)271-8899

 

MAILING

25306 SE 184th St
Maple Valley
WA 98038

 

Hours

M-F 9am–5pm
Sa-Su Closed

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.

 Kimberly Worthington

Kimberly Worthington

 Brenda Running

Brenda Running

 Aimie Stilling

Aimie Stilling

 Nicolette Sowder

Nicolette Sowder

 Matthew Hebard

Matthew Hebard

 Kate Yeomans

Kate Yeomans

 Teena Patel

Teena Patel

 Stacey Gummey

Stacey Gummey


ADVISORY COUNCIl

 Frances Kruskopf, PhD University of Victoria, Forest Kindergarten Lab

Frances Kruskopf, PhD
University of Victoria, Forest Kindergarten Lab

 Caroline Boxmeyer, PhD University of Alabama; Child Psychologist

Caroline Boxmeyer, PhD
University of Alabama; Child Psychologist

 Enid Elliott, PhD University of Victoria, Forest Kindergarten Lab

Enid Elliott, PhD
University of Victoria, Forest Kindergarten Lab

 Paul Roberts Architect and Playscape Designer; Children Learning with Nature Institute

Paul Roberts
Architect and Playscape Designer; Children Learning with Nature Institute

 David Sobel, PhD  Antioch University, Teaching Faculty; Author

David Sobel, PhD
Antioch University, Teaching Faculty; Author

 Robin Rogers Co-founder, Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten

Robin Rogers
Co-founder, Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten

 Mary Rivkin, PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Associate Professor.

Mary Rivkin, PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Associate Professor.

 Christy Merrick Special Projects Supervisor, Natural Start Alliance

Christy Merrick Special Projects Supervisor, Natural Start Alliance

 Niki Buchan Childcare Services Manager and ECE Consultant, Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy

Niki Buchan Childcare Services Manager and ECE Consultant, Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy

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membership

Levels

  • Educator: $30

  • Individual : $50

  • Organization: $200

Benefits

As a member of AFKA, benefits include exclusive access to our Members Only Facebook Group; use of the AFKA logo for your organization’s website; added to the national map of American Forest Kindergarten Association Members on our website; and more to come.

Payment

Click on the “Become A Member Today”

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