The Salmonberries class is a nature immersion program for ages 5-11. In the forest environment, kids learn through direct experience while hiking, playing and exploring at Saint Edward State Park. Our nature curriculum is shaped by the seasons, natural processes, and events in our park and community, connecting the children to their local environment and giving them an intimate understanding of the workings of the forest ecosystem. A significant portion of each day is dedicated to student-directed projects and free play, allowing the children to build their confidence and independence, as well as teamwork, communication and leadership skills. We also incorporate mindfulness practice and yoga into our days, to help students develop breath and body awareness, to build concentration and to connect to their surroundings.
Days Offered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 11:00 - 3:00
Class sizes: 12
Spots available: 24 There will are 2 separate Salmonberries classes offered this year. Siblings will be grouped into the same class, or separated upon request.
Teachers: Ray Hurley and Holly Marroquin (Salmonberries Field), Clare Kenny and Clark Watkins (Salmonberries North)
Program Length: mid-September through mid-June
Tuition: $1800 for each day of the week enrolled. This is divided into 10 payments. The first payment of $180 is your deposit to hold your spot in the class. After the deposit is paid, there are 9 monthly payments due on the 1st of each month starting September 1st.
Classes are currently full: Join our wait list!
We typically have spots open up throughout the year. When this happens, we will offer those spots to families on our wait list. You can sign up for the wait list for your desired days with the button above.
Interested in signing up for next year? Registration opens in February 2021. Join our interest list below:
What is the tuition for classes?
Tuition is $1800 for each day of the week enrolled. This is divided into 10 payments of $180.
Once enrolled in the program, what is your payment and cancellation policy?
You can find this policy through our class pages on the website, or click here.
Will my 5 year old be in a class of primarily 10-12 year olds?
As there are 2 Salmonberry classes, we will group the classes by age, siblings, and friend requests the best we can with an eye for keeping ages together while tending the benefits of multi-age classes for all ages.
How do I know my child will be a good fit for this program?
Because of COVID19 concerns, we are waiving site visits until we have reached Phase 3 stage of opening in Washington State. Please note that the first 30 days of participation are on a trial basis for all children. Your child must be able to handle the rigors of a full 4 hours out in the elements (rain or shine), must be potty trained and must be able to stay with the group even when upset or frustrated. For additional readiness requirements, please see our Readiness Checklist. If we have any concerns about whether or not this program is a good fit for your child, we will speak with you about it during this trial period.
What are you doing to protect staff and children from COVID19?
Please visit our COVID19 page for details.
Will my child be required to wear a mask?
Please see the Washington State Department of Health for Childcare, Youth Development and Day Camps for detailed information on what the Department of Health requires in terms of mask wearing in the outdoors at this time.