SEP08- JUN10

Ages: 6 - 8 Years Old

Days: M, T, W, TH, F

Time: 9:00am - 3pm

Fri (9am-1pm)

Where: East Bend 

Now taking names for 

WAITLIST 2022/23, 1st-5th grades.

We offer a full time program for children 6-8 years of age,  9AM - 3PM, five days per week.  In order to create a safe, connected, trusting, and individualized learning environment, we have a low staff to child ratio of 1:6, with a maximum class size of 12 children. We have one licensed elementary teacher and one assistant teacher. 


Inspired by European model of Waldkindergartens (all outside, all weather, early childhood programs), we have created an inclusive nature immersion primary grades program that provides children with the opportunity for adult supported uninterrupted and unstructured play time in nature combined with project based learning with classroom (yurt) time.


As a place-based program, children continually discover their 200-plus acre “classroom” as the seasons and environments change throughout the year which inspires play and curriculum throughout the year.

Within our 230 acre outside classroom (plus yurt) we:

  • Place equal value on the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth of students.              

  • Promote authentic learning with high expectations. 

  • Provide an open atmosphere for the student's discovery of self, others, and the world around them. 

  • Encourage an intimate connection to the natural world and surrounding communities through in-depth, integrated study. 

 Key Programmatic Features​

  • Nature immersion (w/yurt for classroom time as curriculum and weather require)

  • Forest School Skills

  • Place-based education 

  • Focus on Social Emotional Development

  • Grade level learning standards are embedded in project based work

  • SEAM (Science, Engineering, Art & Math) 

  • Spanish

  • Individualized Learning

  • Project based/integrated learning

  • Interest-led/play-based learning

  • Emergent Curriculum 

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Small student to teacher ratio of 6:1

  • Multi-age classrooms

  • Service Work


Contact us for prices. This is a 5 day per week program. Contact us for scholarship applications.


Bend Forest School will loosely follow the Bend-Lapine School Districts schedule. We will follow their Inclement Weather Closures.

Following is our 2021-2022 schedule:

First Day: September 8th, 2021

Veterans Day (C): 11/11/21

Thanksgiving Break (C): 11/22-11/26/21

Winter Break (C): 12/20/21-1/2/22

MLK Day: 1/17/22 (C)

Spring Break (C): 3/21/22-3/25/22

Memorial Day (C): 5/30/22

Last Day: June 10th, 2022