Forest Dreamers

Immersive Outdoor Learning for 4-6 Year Olds

Rooted in the European Forest Kindergarten model, Irvine’s Forest Dreamers program offers children a rare opportunity for an entirely outdoor learning experience in addition to their preschool program or as an extra year of forest school before starting traditional kindergarten or first grade.

Two wonder-filled guides accompany the group as they explore ponds and streams, play in the meadow, climb trees, and develop a deep respect for the natural world as they grow to love and trust one another. We experience nature in all kinds of weather, with a campfire at our side if we need to keep warm and shade over head if we need to cool down.


Ages: 4-6 years (children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for fall, Feb. 1 for spring)
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fall and/or Spring Classes

1-day week (Wednesdays)
$425/semester Member
$505/semester Non-members
$35/drop-in Members
$40/drop-in Nonmembers


 Fall 2019
Wednesdays, Sep. 11- Dec.11
**No class 11/26-11/28**

Spring 2020
Wednesdays, Feb. 12- May 13
**No class 04/07-04/09**


If your child is enrolled in an Irvine afternoon program, including Earth Friends Homeschool or Nature Preschool, they may join Lunch Bunch, for no additional fee, from 12:30-1 p.m. with a packed lunch.

Note: Once registration is confirmed, you will receive detailed information about program policies including trail safety and gear.

* If your child is enrolled in one of our afternoon programs, including Earth Friends Homeschool or Nature Preschool, s/he may join Lunch Bunch, for no additional fee, from 12:30-1 p.m. with a packed lunch.

More details are available on our Forest Dreamers Flyer.


Questions about our program? Please contact Beth Savitz 

Please review our Cancellation Policy.

Check out what parents are saying about Forest Dreamers!

“When I first learned about Irvine’s Forest Dreamers pre-k program, I knew it would be the perfect fit for my 4-year-old son’s first school experience — and it truly was. No matter the weather, the teachers Ms. Paula and Ms. Sophie were dedicated to exposing the students to nature’s finest, which included fun activities like painting with rain water, making mud pies, sledding while staying warm with hot chocolate, lots of campfires, and exploring habitats from meadows to ponds. All along the way, the kids would record their observations by writing and drawing in their nature journals, which was neat to look back over at the end of the semester. Ms. Paula would also write a weekly blog complete with pictures to keep parents up-to-date. I found it especially helpful to know what books they were reading so I could check them out at the library and it served as a great way to relive the memories and the lessons learned. Forest Dreamers is a perfect match for kids who love the outdoors and parents looking for a non-traditional, creative, high-value educational approach at the preschool level.”

-Keri B.