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Willowell’s outdoor preschool wraps up a successful pilot year

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Posted on May 20, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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WREN'S NEST PRESCHOOL teacher Katie McEachen oversees as some of the students in the nature- based program experience natural materials. The program is wrapping up a successful pilot season at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

STARKSBORO — An unusual nature-and-arts-based preschool program is wrapping up a successful pilot year.

The Wren’s Nest Preschool is a project of the Willowell Foundation and run by a mother-daughter team of educators. Katie and Karen McEachen of Bristol co-teach the weekly sessions, which are currently run out of Camp Common Ground in Starksboro.

“Willowell has been doing nature education for high schoolers for a decade, and they thought that a preschool would be a really nice sister program,” Katie McEachen said in a recent interview.

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