Login
Skip to content

Wren's Nest Forest Preschool expands offerings

  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_field.inc on line 1148.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 599.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 599.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_query::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_query.inc on line 181.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 136.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of image_attach_views_handler_field_attached_images::pre_render() should be compatible with views_handler_field::pre_render($values) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/image/contrib/image_attach/image_attach_views_handler_field_attached_images.inc on line 112.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_area::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_area.inc on line 81.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_area_text::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_area_text.inc on line 121.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.

Posted on September 10, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



Wrens Nest preschool moves to New Haven.jpg
SOME OF THE crew at the Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool gather at the program’s new site in New Haven. Shown, from left, are Katherine Taggart, AmeriCorps member serving/teaching at Wren’s Nest for the year; Cheryl Mitchell, host site owner and Treleven Farm founder; Suzanne Young, Wren’s Nest teaching director; Tasha Ball, Willowell Foundation administrative director; and Lindsay Laird, teacher. The two students are Mackenzie and Amelia.

NEW HAVEN — The Willowell Foundation has moved its Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool program from Starksboro to New Haven and expanded from once a week to a full five days a week.

“It’s a nature-based program and the kiddos will spend most of their days outside exploring nature,” said Tasha Ball, administrative director of the Willowell Foundation, which also runs the Walden Project outdoor alternative high school.

Wren’s Nest, which has operated for about six years, offers a program that puts 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds out in nature to play and learn. Over the summer it moved from Camp Common Ground to Treleven Farm, owned by the Cheryl and Don Mitchell, off of Hallock Road in New Haven. Directors plan on keeping the same core curriculum of nature-based sensory exploration and place-based education. The students and teachers will spend the majority of their time outdoors through all of Vermont’s seasonal elements, Ball said.

“Although there is a home on the Mitchells’ property that has been converted into indoor classroom space for sub-zero days, the children and teachers will learn by exploring Treleven Farm’s 130 acres of forests, meadows, marsh and pond,” she said. “It is an exciting new chapter for an organization that seeks to fill the need of more outdoor education for all children in Addison County.”

The program has added a new teaching director, Suzanne Young, who holds a BS in Elementary Education and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and is pursuing a master’s degree in Leadership for Sustainability from UVM’s School of Natural Resources. For the past eight years Young was the chef and farm to school educator at Mary Johnson Children’s Center in Middlebury, where she blended her love of the outdoors and seasonal and local food into nourishing meals for young children and teachers.

Wren’s Nest is on the Mount Abraham Unified School District’s calendar and school started Aug. 29. It is recognized by state officials as a three-star day care program, and families are eligible for funding of 10 hours of preschool per week through their school district. This applies to any family in Addison County, not just those in the Bristol-area schools, Ball noted.

The program accepts children ages 3-5 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with an extended care option until 4:30 p.m. It has 15 pre-K spots in total and four teachers.

More information is at willowell.org/wrens-nest-preschool-2 or 802-453-6195.

Connect with us