Roots Forest School

Roots Forest School is a nature based preschool that operates out of Ponderosa State Park in the mountain town of McCall, Idaho.  We started in 2015 with classes for toddlers and expanded in the fall of 2016 to offer classes for young children ages 1-5.  Our tiniest trailblazers join us for our weekly parent toddler class and our oldest adventurers join us three days a week to explore, learn, and play.

Through child-led adventures, children in Roots Forest School become more connected to our local environment and community. Using place and play based learning, each student receives a seasonally based educational experience rooted in self-awareness, sensory development, social/emotional skills, and environmental consciousness.

Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help support the growth of our school.

This money will be used for two main purposes:

1) We will purchase a yurt to put up in Ponderosa State Park to act as our school 'home.' The yurt will be a major asset to our school as it will allow us to have a space in the park that is ours alone.  We will be able to operate our school out of the yurt; storing our school materials there, providing a meeting place for parents and students, a classroom for our parent/toddler class and if necessary a place to hold class on winter days with severe weather.  The yurt will also provide us with a space to hold community events.

2) We will provide scholarship money for families who need it.  Our goal is for our school to be accessible to all families in Valley County who want a nature based education for their child.

We hope to reach our fundraising goal by Spring 2017.

On behalf of the students, staff, and families of Roots Forest School, thank you for visiting our gofundme page. If you feel as passionate about connecting children with our environment and giving them hands on learning opportunities as we do, please take a minute to make a donation.  Every little bit gets us closer to our goal.


The Roots Forest School Family

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  • Nathan Todd 
    • $20 
    • 53 mos
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    • $780 (Offline)
    • 53 mos
  • 5k and Silent Auction  
    • $1,900 (Offline)
    • 53 mos
  • 4th of July Fundraiser  
    • $140 (Offline)
    • 53 mos
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    • $100 
    • 54 mos
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Stephanie Day 
McCall, ID
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