About Us

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide authentic forest school and nature-based education programs which foster the development of the whole child, while engendering in them a love of and a commitment to caring for the natural world.

 

Vision
We envision progressive and equitable educational programs where children of all abilities and backgrounds learn together through creative play while immersed in nature, year-round.

 

Scope
We seek to serve families in the Piedmont of North Carolina. The Piedmont Forest School is committed to providing an authentic forest school experience for young children ages 18 months to 11 years of age.  We offer  progressive, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate programs for children of all backgrounds and levels of ability. Our mission is to foster the development of the whole child, while engendering in them a love of and a commitment to caring for the natural world.

Job Opportunities

Interested in applying for a position with the PFS? See current job descriptions for lead, assistant, staff or volunteer positions. Please send a resume and 2 references to shgrace@piedmontforestschool.org  Only candidates who have or will receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be considered.  

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Our Story

The seeds for Piedmont Forest School (PFS) were planted and germinated in 2018 at Little Creek Park and Greenway with the launching of Earthwood Forest School, which primarily provided an exciting and edifying summer camp experience to a small group of children in the summers of 2019 and 2020.  

In 2020, Sheri Grace,  PhD., early childhood expert,  long-time animal and Nature lover, and one of the founders of Earthwood, decided that the best way to ensure that children of all economic, and cultural backgrounds could access and benefit from a more authentic and inclusive forest school experience was to found Piedmont Forest School as a non-profit. 

 

PFS created an initial Board of Directors and became an NC Non-profit in October 2020. That BOD submitted the application for Federal 501-3c tax-exempt status  in September 2021.  Our informal collaboration with Little Creek Park in Winston-Salem began in summer of 2020, but became official in in the spring of 2021, thanks to a collaboration agreement with Winston-Salem Parks and Recreation.  PFS expanded to Oak Ridge Town Park in September of 2021, thanks to the dedication and hard work of Cole Kampen, and the approval and support of the Oak Ridge Town Council that she helped aquire.

 

The revised BOD is still waiting to hear back from the IRS, but together with our lawyer, we are optimistic that the status will be approved in early 2022.  As a n0n-profit, we have already been able to welcome a diverse group of forest school learners at our two sites, serving nearly 100 children each week between sites.

Stay tuned to this page for our annual report.