CEDAR TREE LEARNING
Less screen time, more GREEN time
Cedar Tree Learning is offering summer sessions to children ages 4-10 for less screen time and more green time. Come run, sing and dance, build a tree fort, or lay in a meadow and watch a tiny world unfold or just gaze at the sky going by. Give the gift of time to Go Outside and PLAY this summer!
Classes are held at the Columbia Children's Arboretum in North Portland and at Whitaker Ponds in Northeast. During each class, we interact with the natural world through play by sharing stories, songs, and our artistic creations. Each student is inspired by nature and truly experiences the JOY of outdoor exploration.
Snack is provided. Please bring a water bottle and weather appropriate clothing (rain or shine!).
We look forward to learning with your child.
$35/class or $175/week
10% discount for siblings or registering for 2 weeks of classes
July 5- July 9
July 12- July 16
July 19- July 23
Cedar Tree Learning is a mixed-age learning community that supports the playful creativity, joy, and natural beauty that is CHILDHOOD.
Cedar Tree Learning is grounded in the following pillars:
Uninterrupted TIME Cedar Tree Learning aims at providing children with long blocks of uninterrupted time in which to delve deep into their work.
Nature Immersion Children will come to be very familiar with the natural environment surrounding them. They will come to deeply know the Earth and the seasonal changes that are occurring around them. Almost 100% of the time will be spent outdoors in all weather.
Rhythm We establish a strong, predictable rhythm that allows the children to feel safe and comfortable to explore, create, challenge themselves and grow in a natural setting.
Imagination Through storytelling, song, and verse children’s imaginations flourish.
Reverence Listening walks, quiet moments, and time to give thanks to our Earth for all of her gifts will be a part of your child’s experience.
Guides Worthy of Imitation Children learn by seeing and doing. Guides will model purposeful work to support deep play, work, and creativity.
Community Cedar Tree Learning provides children a safe place to be children together, learn from one another, support each other and grow together. Children celebrate (and often lead) seasonal festivals with their families.
And all is done through JOY!
Cedar Tree Learning is an all outdoor, all-weather nature immersion for children. Gaining more GREEN time and less screen time, children learn more about themselves and advance their social and emotional reasoning. At CedarTree Learning, children are confronting new challenges or questions because of the multi-sensory experience of green space. Being outdoors immersed in the natural world, children can engage with their surroundings and make focused decisions.
"Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street to a sacred bond." Robin Wall Kimmerer
"Play is the highest form of research." Albert Einstein
FALL 2021 OFFERING
Cedar Tree Learning is accepting enrollment for the 2021 FALL Forest School for children ages 4-10 years old, which will run 8 weeks starting September 13, 2021 and ending November 5, 2021.
You can register for one of three different options, outlined below. The entire 8-week tuition is due before the first day of class.
• 2 days a week, Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30am to 12:00 pm - $600
• 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm - $900
• 5 days a week, Monday thru Friday, 9:30am to 12:00pm - $1,400
To complete your child's enrollment, please click the register link below and fill out the online registration form. There is a limit of 8 students and your spot is held upon receipt of your full tuition. We will contact you promptly after completing the online registration form.
DEZIRÉ CLARKE MEINDERSEE
Deziré is a mom of four young explorers who inspire her work daily. She is a passionate educator, with a Master of Science in Education Leadership Policy: Sustainability in Education. She began her teaching in an Expeditionary Learning School where she inspired students through compelling topics, inquiry-based learning, authentic projects, and deep learning. For almost 10 years, she was a classroom teacher for the highly gifted and talented at ACCESS Academy in the Portland Public School system. At ACCESS she gained valuable experience and understanding for the constant curiosity of children, many of her students were on the autistim spectrum. She is aware of the various sensory processing needs of children. Her own children led her to Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf Education, where she found true beauty and joy in learning that was developmentally appropriate for young children. She believes all children thrive with TIME to play, time to imagine and challenge themselves. She knows children need a strong, predictable rhythm and nurturing caregivers worthy of imitation. She loves watching children explore, discover, create and grow in nature-based play.
Deziré loves spending time in nature with her family. She enjoys dancing, yoga, and quiet hikes to herself. She loves to learn new things about the natural world and seeks out new learning opportunities regularly. She is excited for families beginning the journey of nature learning and loves to build a strong connected community of families.
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