Outdoor learning where kids take the lead.

Our part-time program for kids ages 5 – 14 takes place outdoors two afternoons a week. Divided into two ages groups, 5 – 11 meet on Monday and Wednesday and ages 9 – 14 meet on Tuesday and Thursday.  (students between the ages of 9 and 11 are welcome to come to join both groups). Guided by experienced and enthusiastic teachers children learn through discovery and cooperation. Each day an outdoor adventure awaits!

12:30 – 3:30.  Monday & Wednesday Ages 5 – 11 (Must turn 6 by Dec 31) 

12:30 – 3:30 Tuesday & Thursday Ages 8 – 14. (Must turn 9 by Dec 31)

Gathering around the campfire on a cold day.

A balance of individual exploration and group work with others.

Students have opportunities to explore, build, run, climb, discuss, plan, and more. We honor each student’s individual needs and how each one approaches the challenges of new experiences. With attentive and thoughtful teachers encouraging children to be their best selves, and to expand their ever-growing awareness kids can do what kids do best. And parents can relax knowing their children are being cared for and are safe in a community of kindness.

Part-time program for homeschoolers or hybrid learners.

The Forest School program takes place two afternoons a week and follows the academic calendar for The Birch School. There is no Forest School Program from December 15 – February 15th.

Enrollment is in two parts: Fall/Winter and Winter’Spring.

Monday and Wednesday from 12:30 – 3:30 Ages 5 – 11

Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30 Ages 8 – 14.


The Forest School day will begin and end at The Birch School. During program time children have a variety of outdoor areas to explore and spend time in.

At the site of The Birch School there are outdoor classrooms, tents, canopies and (hopefully) a tipi available for use. There is a wooded area as well as fire circle on site.

Across Route 207 is the 6000 acre NY-state owned Stewart Preserve , which offers a multitude of opportunities for exploration. Sometimes the group will walk across the street into the preserve, and other times they may take our school van and drive to another entrance to the preserve to access a different area.

In the event of extreme weather, there is a classroom available at The Birch School for use by Forest School at any time it is needed.