Wren's Nest Forest Preschool
Wren’s Nest is a wilderness program for preschool-age kids. Students at Wren’s Nest learn by interacting with the natural world. Willowell is proud to partner with Treleven Farm in Vergennes to host Wren’s Nest Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00-2:30 with an extended programming option from 2:30-4:30.
Wren’s Nest Preschool admits students and families of all socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, and disability.
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Extended Programming 2:30-4:30 PM
82 Mitchell Drive Vergennes, VT
The Wren’s Nest teachers are outdoor educators whose teaching styles are flexible and creative, allowing them to adjust plans in the moment to suit the evolving needs of the students. Their curriculum depends less on rigid structure and more on independent exploration—allowing each child to engage with their natural environment through play and with the guidance of trained instructors.
Wren’s Nest is a holistic, interdisciplinary, and sensory-based approach to learning, and a companion program to Willowell’s nationally-recognized outdoor high school program, The Walden Project. Wren’s Nest’s goal is to foster students’ independence and an initial understanding of their interconnectedness with the whole world. Kids come away with a deep level of comfort and love for the land they play and learn on. Above all, Wren’s Nest creates a space for children to cultivate their natural sense of awe and wonder.
The program incorporates specific themes rooted in the changing bounty of the land and the seasons. Areas of study include wild edibles, fire building, tracking, shelter building, sensory awareness, bird language, singing, movements and yoga, garden planting and harvesting, wetland walks, drawing, journal writing, clay work, nature sculpture, natural dyeing, indoor and outdoor cooking, scavenger hunts, storytelling, special guests, dancing, singing, and an age-appropriate end of year rite of passage.
Wren's Nest runs with the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union calendar.
I. Download & complete the application form.
II. Submit $50 (non refundable) application fee.
III. Mail both to The Willowell Foundation, P.O. Box 314, Bristol VT 05443.
IV. You will hear from us ASAP once we receive your application.
Children who will be aged 3 or 4 by September 1, 2018 and who are enrolled for at least 3 full days per week are eligible to receive state preschool funding towards 10 hours/week of preschool tuition. Additional tuition costs are the responsibility of the family/guardian.
Wren’s Nest plans on being a Pre Kindergarten partner. We will have licensed teachers, our curriculum will align with the Vermont Early Education Standards (VELS), and we will record documentation for children using Teaching Strategies Gold.
These three components were established by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) for participating partners. Children who are 3 or 4 prior to 9/1/2018 and are enrolled for at least 3 days per week will receive state preschool funding for 10 hours per week toward preschool tuition.
For information about state subsidy for income-eligible families click here: Child Care Financial Assistance.
Full chart of additional out of pocket tuition rates for 2018-2019 school year: