The Forest School of Lawrence was founded by a community of educators who saw the need for an alternative educational program grounded in Nature. The American educational system has almost entirely eliminated the amount of outdoor time and free play children have and have greatly increased the amount of standardized testing. This model of education has detrimentally impacted the health and development of the child. During this time, diagnoses of disorders of all sorts – psychological, learning, emotional, physical, and behavioral – have risen exponentially. The overwhelming answer by this system has been to solve our education crisis with educational technology and screen time.
The Forest School of Lawrence offers an alternative answer. Our children need to develop their social, emotional, mental, and physical health in Nature. They need time to simply be outside, to play with one another, to learn how to make and create with their hands, to learn out of experiencing with their bodies and senses, to garden, cook, and clean. Our children need to learn how to live deliberately on this Earth.
At the same time, it is essential that we are raising a generation of environmental stewards, a generation of Earth-citizens who will know how to live with Nature wild and free and to experience how such living is empowering and life-giving. Our Earth is at a crossroads. It is paramount that we see progress as finding a way neither forward nor backward but homeward, to ourselves as Earthlings whose home needs care, whose air, water, and land, with extreme and sudden changes in the climate are calling for our help. In such a world, the values and skills of land conservation, ecosystem preservation, and wildlife restoration are our greatest hope. At the Forest School of Lawrence, we learn to see and listen to our place, to know what our intelligence can do, and that we can build a beautiful life together.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy The Forest School of Lawrence admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our program. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.