Prospective Families Info Page
Heartwood is located at:
Saint Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
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Emergency Protocol and Closures
Extreme Weather Protocol and Closure
Heartwood considers weather closures of local schools (Northshore School District and/or Bastyr University), guidance from the rangers of Saint Edward State Park, and local weather alerts to determine if the school must be closed for extreme weather. If the roads within or leading to the park are deemed unsafe for driving, Heartwood will be closed. Class may also be cancelled if it is judged to be unsafe for children to be outside, for reasons of weather, air quality, or any other reason, as determined by the Forest School Director.
If lightning is in the forecast for a camp day, any trips to the lake or long hikes will be cancelled for that day. If thunder is heard or lightning is seen, teachers will take shelter with students in the gym building next to the ranger office until it stops.
High Wind Advisory
In the case of a High Wind Warning during class hours, classes will be cancelled for the day.
In the case of a Wind Advisory during class hours, any forested hikes or activities will be limited to times outside of the Wind Advisory. During the Wind Advisory period, activities will be kept to the fields or open spaces, to avoid potential falling branches or trees.
In the case of a weather-related closure, an email and Remind message will be sent out to parents to inform them of the change. We do not issue refunds or make-up days for classes cancelled due to weather.
In the event of an emergency, such as a severe weather situation or an earthquake occurring during school hours, the following protocol will be followed:
● If the situation is safe, teachers and students will remain in place at the park waiting for parents to return to pick up their children.
● In the case of extreme weather during programs, the class will take shelter in the Ranger Office building/Gymnasium until it is safe to return outside. If conditions are such that it will not be safe to return outside, parents will be contacted to pick up the children.
● If it becomes necessary to evacuate the park before parents are able to come and pick up their children, parents will be contacted, and we will evacuate to Arrowhead Elementary or to the nearby home of the Co-Executive Director.
September 14 First Day of Programs
November 24 - 27 Thanksgiving Break - no classes
December 21 - Jan. 1 Winter Break - no classes
January 18 Martin Luther King Day - no class
February 1 Registration Opens for 2021/2022 School Year
February 15 - 19 Mid-Winter Break - no classes
April 12 - 16 Spring Break - no classes
May 31 Memorial Day - no class
June 21 Last Day of Programs
Tuition and Payment Information
(Huckleberries, Blackberries, Salmonberries and Wildings)
(Camp Bigleaf and Camp Wildwood)
(Wildings 6 Week-long Program, Winter, Mid-Winter and Spring Break Camps)
To see updates on Heartwood programs and happenings, as well as photos from our classes, you can follow Heartwood on Facebook and Instagram.
Heartwood COVID19 Policy, Response and Communication Plan
Based on the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID19 pandemic, the Heartwood COVID19 Policy, Response and Communication Plan will change based on the latest information provided by the Washington State Department of Health and the CDC. Our plan is based on Department of Health Guidelines for Child Care, Youth Development, and Summer Day Camps.
Heartwood will ensure staff are trained in health and safety protocols for our site, including how to screen for symptoms, handwashing, maintain physical distance, frequent cleaning, and what to do if someone develops signs of COVID-19.
Heartwood Participant Rules
● Be kind and respectful of staff and participants
● Hiking sticks must be shorter than you are tall
● Sticks to be carried and waved around must be shorter than your arm (preschool) or shorter than your shoulder (ages 6+, if adequate control has been proven)
● Do not kill or harm living things!
● Safe Touch Policy: ask and get consent before touching others
● Be within sight and/or hearing distance of a teacher at all times
● No gun play
● Leave toys and electronics at home
● Give dogs their space (No petting)
● Eat your own food, no sharing
● No feeding the wild animals
● No digging deep holes in the grass/fields
● Do not eat plants/berries/mushrooms you find unless positively identified and cleared by a teacher
● Do not throw things at people (unless they are meant to be thrown, e.g. a ball)
● No exclusionary activities
● No horseplay on the trails
● No playing in the bathrooms (with the soap, hand dryers, friends, etc.)
● Forest materials/treasures/creatures stay in the forest
● If animals/insects are moved from their home for observation, they must be put back where they were found
● Animals should be placed in a bug box for observation, rather than held in a hand
● Animals may be gently felt with one finger at the teachers discretion
● No screaming unless you’re hurt or need immediate help (yelling is usually fine, screaming means you’re hurt!)
● Do not destroy others’ projects without their consent
● Do not dare others to go beyond where they feel safe
● No means no - consent matters
● Waterproof layers (raincoat and rain pants) must be worn when it is raining