Less screen time, more GREEN time


2019 Spring offering 

Go Outside and PLAY



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:

Rhythm  Guides 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. 

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.

Guides Worthy of Imitation  Children learn by seeing and doing.  Guides will model purposeful work in order to support deep play, will work, and creativity.

Imagination  Through storytelling, song and verse children’s imaginations will also flourish and their character be built. 

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.

Community  Cedar Tree Learning provides children a safe place to be children together, learn from one another, support each other and grow together.  Children will also celebrate seasonal festivals together 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 advances social and emotional reasoning. If children are out of their comfort zones and confronting new challenges or questions, the multi-sensory experience of green space can help them engage with their surroundings and make focused decisions.


"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "Children can't bounce off the walls if we take away the walls." Erin Kelly 

There is no wifi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection!

         "Play is the highest form of research." Albert Einstein



Deziré is a mom of two young explorers ages 8 and 5 who inspire her work daily.  She is a passionate educator, with a masters in 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.  She was a teacher at ACCESS a school for the highly gifted and talented for almost 10 years.  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, 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 of her own regularly.  She is excited for the beginning of this journey of nature learning and hopes to build a strong connected community of families.


Registration Open

Cedar Tree Learning is accepting enrollment for the Fall 2018 Forest School for children ages 3-8, which will run 8 weeks starting September 10, 2018 and ending November 2, 2018.

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, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm - $600

• 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm - $900

• 5 days a week, Monday thru Friday, 9:30am to 12:30pm - $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.



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