REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
The Salmonberries class is a nature immersion program for ages 6-11. In the forest environment, kids learn through direct experience while hiking, playing and exploring at Saint Edward State Park. Schedule a site visit to meet our directors and learn more about us.
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.
We recommend signing up for between 1-3 days, depending on your child's stamina for spending time outdoors in inclement weather.
Upcoming 2021-2022 Salmonberries
Classes start September 2021.
Note, class length (now 5 hours!) and times have changed for the upcoming year.
Monday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 2pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Start Date: Week of September 13th
Class Size:14 students and 2 teachers
Program Length: Mid-September through mid-June
Tuition: $2070 for each day of the week enrolled. This is divided into 9 payments. The first payment of $230 is your non-refundable deposit to hold your spot in the class. After the deposit is paid, there are 8 monthly payments of $230 due on the 15th of each month starting August 15th, with the last payment on March 15th.
2021-2022 Salmonberries here:
Classes currently running are full.
Join our waitlist with the link just below!
We typically have spots open up throughout the year and when this happens, we will offer those spots to families on our waitlist.
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) 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 to read our detailed COVID-19 Readiness and Response Plan.
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.