Our MissionIMG_6573

 Burlington Forest Preschool is a nature-based program that employs the natural world to educate the whole child. We support children to establish a sense of place and develop respect for nature, while encouraging them to form positive relationships.



Our Philosophy

We believe in connecting children with nature so they can develop a sense of place and compassion for the natural world. We utilize an emergent, integrated curriculum to spark children’s interest and curiosity, and an inquiry-based teaching style in order to support their learning and development.


Our Program

Burlington Forest Preschool is a licensed, outdoor-focused school with an indoor classroom, all located at the beautiful Ethan Allen Homestead.  Our maximum class size is 10 children per day, with 2 or 3 teachers. This ratio allows us to maintain the quality and vision of our program. Children ages 3 – 5 may join us 2 –  5 days per week.  Our day includes as much outside time as possible, circle time, a healthy snack, art, free play, movement, storytelling, discovery, and reflection.


In our program, children are engaged in:

  • Authentic and integrated play and learning
  • Place-based activities
  • Life skills such as cooking and conflict resolution
  • Gardening, composting, and growing food
  • Learning about personal safety
  • Using natural and recycled materials for art and construction



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