willowell foundation

Our Mission:


To cultivate healthy communities by connecting people to arts, education, the environment, & each other.


Our Programs

We offer land-based programs and activities that focus on experiential learning and connecting the community with the natural world. Willowell is excited to present a diverse listing of Vermont summer day camps this year.


Wren's Nest Preschool

land-based nature school

Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool is a licensed, land-based nature school for youth ages 3-6. This creative program gets youth in the woods. Kids find themselves tracking, identifying wild edibles, making forts, and viewing nature as their teacher.


Summer Camps

summer days on 230 acres

Our camps bring children outdoors to play, get dirty, and learn from Willowell’s 230 acres of meadows, wetlands and forest.


Walden Project

education in the mountains

For the last 18 years, Addison County students have been given the opportunity to take their education into the mountains of Vermont to pursue their own passions in a democratically governed community.


Gordon Park

immersive sculpture art

The Gordon Sculpture Park is an art immersion experience in nature on our 230 acre property in Monkton, VT. As you walk the land you pass by unique sculptures hidden among the trees and fields. We continue to commission artwork each year.


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Our Impact

The Willowell Foundation is committed to changing the community we serve for the better. By teaching & mentoring youth, developing innovative community resource initiatives, & stewarding the land on which our organization operates, we are building a stronger community today and fostering a greater vision for tomorrow.



youth served

Land-based programming for youth is Willowell’s calling card. Our organization proudly connects youth from preschool through high school to Vermont’s natural beauty and to each other.




Years Serving communities

Since 2001, Willowell has grown from an 18-student alternative high school program in an unused school building to a youth environmental education center and conductor of vital community resource initiatives, including community gardening, home heating fuel assistance, and a network of open access art and nature trails.




aCres of land protected

Commitments to stewardship and partnerships with Vermont’s Nature Converservancy and Department of Fish & Wildlife from 2010 to the present have restored and conserved wetlands and forest that are vital to Champlain Valley wildlife. This is part of a larger 400 acre reserve in the Pond Brook/Lewis Creek Watershed.



Get Involved

We want your skills and strengths. Are you an artist, a teacher, a carpenter, or a parent? From getting dirty in the Willowell garden, to stacking wood for the Monkton wood bank, to teaching a class or workshop at Walden, there are ways for everyone to join the Willowell community.



Join Willowell as part of a national community of AmeriCorps service members. Each year Willowell hosts two Americorps through VISTA and state programs.

Volunteer opportunities

Come volunteer at Willowell! Work on innovative land-based projects, help with garden maintenance, build cabins, or create art installations. Willowell needs your support.

Make a Donation

Donations go to support outdoor educational experiences for youth, programs, projects, and community. We appreciate any support you can give.