646-450-6672

82-96 116th Street, Kew Gardens, NY 11418

©2018 by Kew Kids

A nature immersion program for 6 months to 6 year olds

KEW KIDS

FOREST SCHOOL

Join us for Enchanted Forest Camp on Nov 11th (Veterans Day) and Winter Survival Camp on Jan 20th (MLK Day)!

Robert Frost

“When I see birches bend to left and right...I like to think some boy's been swinging them.”

WHO WE ARE

Kew Kids is a forest school in a home daycare setting for young children.  We are a mixed-age nurturing community of learners that values kindness, cooperation, curiosity, imagination, and respect for all living things.  Here in New York City where forest area is sparse, we are lucky to live next to Forest Park, the third largest park in Queens covering an area of 538 acres and containing 165 acres of trees.  Numerous trails wind through native hardwood (oak-hickory) forest and kettle ponds.  Forest Park is the classroom, and Kew Kids uses the landscape, the hills, the edges, the trees to encourage exploration, experimentation and development.

We are part of the nature preschool movement and are proud member of Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools and Natural Start Alliance, an exceptional network of organizations dedicated to helping young children experience and care for nature.  

Our teachers are creative, thoughtful, and trained for outdoor adventures.  A small teacher-to-children 4: 1 ratio enables teachers to dive more deeply into the exploration of the forest, and into each child's personal learning journey.

WHAT WE DO

We offer a unique full day and half day year-round drop-off nature-based program and day camps when area schools are not in session that aim to cultivate in young children a love of the outdoors, hone a sense of wonder, provide healthy challenges that instill confidence, capability, and self-reliance.  Through daily interactions with the environment, our program offers regular thoughtful opportunities for children to get to know and interact with outdoors and the world around them, to learn to look, listen, smell, climb, fall and get back up again, learn to be curious and to explore.    

Kew Kids allows children to lead in an exploration of the natural landscape and each other.  Children are encouraged to explore, take risks and learn in a safe and open ended setting that seems just like play. 

Our children spend the bulk of their time outside daily.

WHO IS THIS FOR

Children from 6 months old to 6 years of all experience levels from expert salamander handlers to the novice trail blazers -- we invite young community members to enroll and experience the outdoor with us!

WHAT’S COMING UP

Stay up to Date with What’s Happening

We want you to come find your place with us.  Words can only describe our school so much.  A visit will let you experience it.  Learn about our curriculum, community impact, and how we support our children here at Kew Kids.  Join us in one of our upcoming events, activities and local projects.  Sign up and reserve your spot today.

Come visit our space and explore our program.  Please send us an email or call to make an appointment.

November 11th, 2019 (Veterans Day)

AM (8am-Noon) or Full Day

(School Holiday Camp Series)

Calling Fairies and Gnomes!

 

Join us for a whimsical day in the enchanted forest on a beautiful autumn day.

Fairies of all ages can make their own floral fairy crowns before embarking on an exploration through the enchanted forest and building whimsical homes of fairies, gnomes, imps, trolls, pixies, elves and all creatures that reside there!  Magical treasure hunt game of Cinderella's glass slipper, Rumpelstiltskin's spinning wheel, Jack's magical beanstalk beans, and other once-upon-a-time treasures are hidden under the trees of the enchanted forest!



Half Day and Full Day available. This is a drop-off event.

Registration required.

See application details and pricing on Parent Information page.

January 20th, 2019 (MLK Day)

AM (8am-Noon) or Full Day

(School Holiday Camp Series)

Stay warm with us!

 

Join us for a day of fun, learning and exploring the natural world in the winter!

 

Do you know how to stay warm in the winter?  Build a snow shelter or a fort, learn how to start a pretend fire, and learn other tricks to playing and surviving outdoors in the winter.

Half Day and Full Day available. This is a drop-off event.

Registration required.

See application details and pricing on Parent Information page.

Second Saturday of Every Month at 9:30am

Weather Permitting

Teaching our children to appreciate Mother Earth and to be her responsible steward.

 

Join Kew Kids Forest School on the second Saturday of each month to help clean our forest classrooms and maintain the trails in Forest Park. Volunteers will participate in a range of trail maintenance tasks for all ages and abilities.  From digging and brush clearing to raking and litter cleanup, there is something for everyone!  Toddler and Preschoolers welcome.  Rain or shine.

Volunteers will meet at the entrance to the bike path off Metropolitan and Forest Park Drive.

CONTACT US

82-96 116th Street, Kew Gardens, NY 11418

646-450-6672