February 8, 2017
To whom it may concern:
My name is Kacy, and my son, Tristan, attends the Coyote Pups Outdoor Preschool at the Coyote Trails School of Nature, in Southern Oregon. I had spent a lot of time looking into preschools in the area and wasn’t finding what I wanted. See, I had read articles about outdoor schools in Denmark, and Germany, and that’s what I wanted for my son. To learn through doing and adventure. And then a friend (knowing what I wanted in a preschool) sent me the link to the Coyote Pups Outdoor Preschool, asking if I had signed him up. It just so happened it was a flyer for the open house that weekend. I immediately went and signed him up and as it just so happens we were the first to register.
At the open house we got to meet the staff and like-minded parents. The staffed answered all our questions and were very welcoming. While the adults talked with the preschool staff, other staff members were interacting with the children and doing outdoor activities with them; showing them how to build small shelters, how crack nuts with rocks (foraging) and showing them around the garden area. I’m not sure my son even knew we were there, he was having such a great time. .
It has now been a month since Tristan has started preschool. He literally runs to the classroom dome, and I barely get a good-bye before he is diving into some animal activity. As I was picking him up one day I heard one of the other little boys telling his parents they learned about plants and he continued to tell them about Yarrow. When I got to Tristan he too told me they learned about plants, but he proceeded to tell me about the Lavender and Willow tree. He told me different facts about the Willow and how the branches grow and so forth. When I asked him why he remembered Lavender, he told me it was because we used it at home. I was amazed by both boys, and what they took away from class that day. I love that they were learning about medicinal plants!
Tristan being in an outdoor preschool has actually inspired us as a family to be together outdoors more. Me and my husband were both raised to love the outdoors and spent a lot of time outside as children, but in adulthood and busy lives it’s something we don’t do enough of. Since Tristan has started school he’s motivated us as a family to go out and do something. And this has brought us closer together as a family.
Thus far, the whole outdoor preschool has been a positive experience for us! As my son turns five soon, I just wish there was an outdoor kindergarten!...