Growing Healthy Children Outside


Thank you for your interest in Tiny Green Trees Nature Based Childcare and New Forest School opening soon!

We are currently OPEN.

Tiny Green Trees Nature Based Childcare is GROWING! New School-Aged Forest School programming and Nature Based Preschool & Nursery located at 921 N 49th Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Flexible scheduling to support virtual learning while maintaining a healthy balance of screen-free outdoor time. If you are interested in enrolling and would like more information, please fill out our form under “contact” and we will respond as soon as possible.

The most important aspect of our work is to provide a nurturing, loving, safe, home-like environment in which to foster children’s gradual, healthy growth and learning rooted in respect for childhood. What do children really need in the years from birth through age 6? What experiences are essential in these precious years of rapid physical growth and change? What is the true nature of early childhood and how can we honor it? To us at Tiny Green Trees, the first years of life are a time for establishing a strong and healthy foundation for all the emotional and intellectual learning to come. It is a time when imitating the adult world, playing imaginatively, and developing and practicing good habits and practical skills are the child’s “school” work. At Tiny Green Trees, early childhood is honored, and children are supported in their healthy development in nature, with nature and for nature creating life-long connections to the earth. We have come to appreciate a quote from Henry David Thoreau, describing the slow growth of a strong tree as a metaphor for us about the intentional, slow growth of human beings. We are caring for “tiny green trees” so that they can grow to be sturdy and robust mature trees over time. Thoreau said it this way: I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and so are solidified and perfected. Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age.

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