OUR CORE VALUES

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness practices help children and adults develop the simple art of bringing a gentle, focused, and accepting attitude to the present moment. Nature sit-spots, reflection, and yoga are integrated throughout our programs to deliver the gift of mindfulness to our participants and their families. 

STEWARDSHIP

By working, playing, and learning gently and responsibly in our natural spaces, we are also developing the shared values of care, concern and advocacy. We are grounded in the belief that not only do children need nature, nature needs them.

CONNECTION

Through play, exploration and shared time together, we foster deep and lasting connections to the natural world and to each other. The simple act of being in nature is heart affirming and nourishing, brings meaning to our lives, allows us the opportunity to not only connect to each other but also more deeply to our own selves.

PROGRAMS

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Huckleberries
preschool & K ages 3-5

Our days are filled with songs, games, exploration, and free play as preschool-age children build connections with each other and with the world around them.   

Salmonberries
homeschool ages 6-11

Explore the benefits of this multi-age nature enrichment program for homeschooled kids! In the natural habitats that abound at St. Edward State Park, your child will develop and grow in an environment where children are encouraged to collaborate and learn from each other.

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Wildlings
homeschool ages 10-13

This class is designed for homeschooled middle schoolers to connect with nature while creating friendships and learning leadership skills along with bushcraft, fire building, and weekly environmental education themes!

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Thimbleberries
ages 0-3.5

For infants, toddlers, and young preschoolers, along with their caregiver. Our weekly classes are designed to meet your young child where they are developmentally and to give you both the opportunity to explore nature and make new friends.

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After School
K-3rd grade

 For both homeschooled and in-person elementary kids, this afternoon  Wednesday class offers just the right amount of nature exploration and free play while being 100% outside with friends from the Kenmore and Kirkland area.

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Summer Camps
ages 4-11

Our outdoor summer day camps are open to preschool to elementary-aged kids 4-11 and take place weekly at Saint Edward State Park, and Big Finn Hill Park in Kirkland.

Family Program
ages 4-7

Get your family outside and exploring together! Including a morning circle, short mindfulness and yoga practice, and a hike, this class is designed for parents and children to attend as a team. This outdoor class is perfect for homeschooling families of preschool and early elementary-aged children

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Stewardship
all ages

Who likes to get outside and doesn't mind getting a little dirty? We do! Join us for these 2-hour community volunteer stewardship projects. Salmon habitat restoration in Bothell, and sustainable farm help in Woodinville, these projects are full of fresh air and new friends.

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About Us

Heartwood is a locally run and operated 501c3 nonprofit organization composed of passionate outdoor educators whose mission it is to connect youth and families to nature while fostering community around a shared commitment to stewardship of our wild spaces. We serve families of preschool, homeschool, and school-aged kids in Kirkland, Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Lake Forest Park, Brier, Shoreline, Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, Snohomish, Edmonds and Montlake Terrace. For more information about the team at Heartwood, click the button below.