The Forest Aftercare program at the Waldorf School of Baltimore is an important facet to our school community. At WSB, we recognize that today’s children are not spending as much time in natural environments as former generations. The Forest Aftercare program is designed to provide a safe space for children to cultivate a deep bond with the more-than-human world.
Children enrolled in the Forest Aftercare program spend most of their time in the forest surrounding our school. Free play, fort building, gardening, animal husbandry, and guided exploration of the forest are key aspects of the program. We go outside everyday – rain, snow, or shine! Accommodations are made for students with homework. We offer a healthy after school snack. During extreme weather, indoor activities, crafts, and board games are available.
Our Forest Aftercare Coordinator, Becka Miller also teaches Nature Studies to our 1st – 5th grade students, works with our middle school students on special projects ranging from hydroponics to community outreach, and manages our school’s many sustainability initiatives.