FOREST KINDERGARTEN & NATURE IMMERSION
The Cedarsong Way® Nature Pedagogy, developed by Erin Kenny and Robin Rogers over the past decade, is distinguished by a commitment to place-based nature immersion, authentic play, child-driven flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum, compassion scaffolding, inquiry-based teaching style and documentation of the learning.
The Cedarsong Way recognizes that low income communities, and especially communities of color, tend to have less access to outdoor education. As a leader in the field, we are committed to advocating for equitable access to nature immersion opportunities for communities of color.
One of the ways we are able to do this is with the generous sponsorship of Bogs Boots. We currently have $4500 in grant funds to be used to support racial equity. We also have access to 20 pairs of boots!
If you are interested in applying for funds or boots, please check below for the application!
The Cedarsong Way® Nature Pedagogy, is distinguished by a commitment to 100% outdoor time and complete nature immersion, unstructured flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum, place-based focus, inquiry-based teaching style & authentic play.
We are thrilled to offer this series of 60 minute community conversations based on The Cedarsong Way. They are free and open to anyone who would like to join in.
Nature immersion, defined as unstructured free time in nature resulting in an intimate, deep, and personal connection to the natural world, is fundamental to our social, emotional, mental, and physical well being.
Meet our Beloved Founder
Internationally recognized as a leader in the Forest Kindergarten movement, Erin Kenny dedicated two decades to developing and refining The Cedarsong Way® Nature Pedagogy, which is distinguished by a commitment to 100% outdoor time and complete nature immersion, unstructured flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum, place-based focus, inquiry-based teaching style and authentic play. Nature Immersion, as Erin defined it, is “unstructured free time in nature, resulting in an intimate, deep and personal connection to the natural world”. The Cedarsong Way® is also a compassion-scaffolded method of teaching, where educators guide and coach children toward being respectful, mindful, aware of and empathetic towards all of nature’s living beings.
a pioneer and a visionary, deeply passionate about connecting children with nature. Although her passing in October 2018 has had a profound impact on many, her powerful spirit lives on in all those she touched and all those dedicated to carrying on her inspired work. The Cedarsong Way® non-profit organization is designed to do just that. Created by Erin’s sister, Molly Lannon Kenny, and Robin Rogers, co-founder of Cedarsong Nature School and co-author of both Nature Notes Journal: Documenting Your Emergent Curriculum and Teaching the Cedarsong Way: Lessons from an award-winning Forest Kindergarten, our goal is to empower others to connect children with nature through the continuation of The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training programs, Accreditation of Cedarsong schools, and speaking events.
“Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls.”
– Erin Kenny, Founder, Cedarsong Way
Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way Book
The Cedarsong Way DVD
The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training Packet
Cedarsong Way Residential Teacher Trainings
Due to Covid 19, we have suspended all of our Cedarsong Teacher Trainings at this time.
Please join us for our weekly Thursday morning offering "Cedarsong Conversations"
as a way to connect with the community during this time of social distancing.
Cedarsong Way Accreditation
We are now accepting applications for school accreditations! Check here for requirements, benefits and application.