Wren's Nest 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 Common Ground Center in Starksboro to host Wren’s Nest on Mondays from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM during the school year.

Please note: this program is moving to Treleven Farm in New Haven in September of 2018 and will be running 5 days a week. We will keep this site up to date as we know more. If you would like to be added to a list of interested families please email Tasha Ball.


8:30 AM - 3:00 PM



473 Tatro Rd
Starksboro, VT 05487



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 we 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 is seasonal, incorporating specific themes rooted in the changing bounty of the land. 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.


Semester : $800
Full Year : $1,600



Sept 11, 18, 25
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23,30
Nov 6, 13, 20, 27
Dec 4, 11, 18



Jan 29
Feb 5, 12, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 30
May 7, 14, 21
June 4



I. Download & complete the Registration Form and Emergency Contact Form.

II. Obtain a copy of your child’s current immunization record. Or, if you child is not up to date on all immunizations request an exemption form by emailing tasha@willowell.org

III. Mail both forms and immunization record with $50 deposit to Willowell, P.O. Box 314, Bristol VT 05443.




I. Pay full semester tuition by first day of class. ($800 in September, $800 in January)

II. Multiple Payment Option:  $200.00 due on first Monday of each month.

Please subtract the $50 deposit from the first payment. For example, if you have already paid the deposit and are paying in installments, the amount due on the first day is $150.00.

Please pay by check made payable to the Willowell Foundation, or through PayPal.  Please enter description:  Wren’s Nest.

*Wren’s Nest offers need-based financial aid. Please contact us for more information if you would like to apply for a scholarship.*