WOODSON BRANCH NATURE SCHOOL

 "If you wish your children to think deep thoughts, to know the holiest of emotions, take them to the woods and hills, and give them the freedom of the meadow; the hills purify those who walk upon them"

-- Lucille Clifton

"WE ARE A LEAVE NO TRACE

EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY PARTNER"

Additionally, we provide an effective education by being and learning in the great outdoors, growing, eating, and having access to healthy foods, and acknowledging the gifts of beauty and design.  We teach nutrition, environmental conservation, and respect of time, money, energy, and resources. 

CORE VALUES

MISSION

To nurture the whole person by cultivating the ART of living 
through experiential learning modalities that promotes an ethic of personal, social, and environmental stewardship.

Love of Nature

We value the diversity and resilience of nature and treasure its beauty. Nature sustains and renews us, provides unexpected moments of joy, and inspires our daily work.

People & Community

We care deeply about our colleagues, our partners, our members, and the communities in which we work. We learn from their experience, expertise, and beliefs, and together we work to build healthier, move vibrant communities that welcome and respect all people.

Credibility

We bring expertise, sound science, long-term thinking, and community knowledge to advancing the effectiveness of education strategies. Our personal and organizational integrity serves as a foundation for our work.

Passion & Commitment

We are committed to nature and to people. We share our passion with others to connect people with nature and to inspire everyone to be stewards of the environment.

Inspiring Action

We believe that every person can make a positive difference. Through hands ON educational experiences and personal discovery we foster a  healthy community mindset and conservation ethic in current and future generations.

Teamwork

We work together to embrace opportunities and challenges in an ever-changing world. We encourage creativity, innovation, and action while respecting individual points of view.

Inspired by the Audubon Society

GOALS

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

--John Muir

  • To provide an innovative and seamless early childhood education and beyond utilizing a whole-person approach in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina ​​

  • To provide a safe, healthy, and dependable environment where children can develop a sense of trust and well being

  • To provide a stimulating, inspirational environment where children can have hands-on experiences in order to learn by doing

  • To promote each child's physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development through participation in group activities

  • To consistently encourage and promote parent/guardian, and community input and participation

  • To promote staff evaluation, on-going education and training

  • To be a sustainable, effective, and highly valued, professional organization that exhibits, expresses, and administratively supports the vision, goals, and values of our organization.

  • To provide activities that will inspire further curiosity in a variety of subjects

  • To provide a variety of  materials and activities to strengthen and satisfy old interests as well as develop new ones

  • To encourage children’s growth and development of curiosity, creativity, self-discipline, confidence, and self-esteem

  • To ensure on-going high-quality education by continuously evaluating the program's operations

  • To be involved in community activities and take advantage of community resources and visitors

"Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them."

--The Audubon Nature Preschool

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