Wildwood Nature School
Portland, OR 97231


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What to Look for When Choosing a Preschool

Choosing a preschool for your child can be over-whelming. All parents want a place where their children are valued for who they are, where their curiosity is nourished, where they feel safe to take risks and explore, and where they can cultivate friendships. But when you stop in for a brief tour or observational visit, how do you know if this preschool is the right fit for your child?

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Very Limited Openings Remain for 2018-19

After our lottery, we have a few very limited openings remaining for the 2018-19 school year. If you are still deciding on preschool for next year, I encourage you to schedule a visit soon. We have started a waitlist for girls who will already be four at the start of the new school year. And yes, openings do often become available late in the summer, so it is worth getting on the waitlist.

Enroll for 2018-19 School Year

We have found that the best way for parents to determine if Wildwood Nature School is a good fit for their child is to see us in action. Please contact us to schedule a classroom visit or to tour at a quieter time.

You are encouraged to schedule your visit within the next month as we will run a lottery for open spots on March 1 and do expect to enrollment to be full after that date.

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We Take Play Seriously

Come play, grow, and learn in a caring and supportive preschool environment.

Wildwood Nature School is a preschool located in rural NW Portland where children can learn from the natural world as well as a thoughtfully designed indoor environment.

  • Play-based interdisciplinary curriculum to develop the whole child in art, science, language, literacy, emotional growth, math, and movement.
  • Outdoor gardening, animal care, and hiking on 4 rural acres abutting the Wildwood Trail.
  • Indoor environment inspired by child-focused methods of Waldorf, Montessori, and the schools of Reggio Emilia.
  • Knowledgeable and caring teachers with over 15 years experience in Early Childhood and Museum Education, Master’s degree in education, and bilingual in Spanish and English.
  • Multiage setting where children learn from and about each other while following their own interests at their own pace.
  • Flexible scheduling options include classes that meet 2, 3, or 5 days per week for fully toilet-trained children ages 3-5.

“There were more conveniently located preschools to us, but I wanted my daughter’s introduction to school to be in a setting that integrates the natural world with the learning process the way that Wildwood does.” — Shanna, Sauvie Island Mom

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