Sprouts is no ordinary school.
Nature is the ultimate expression of art and art is a reflection of nature.
At Sprouts, we bring art & nature together for children to connect the creativity of art with the beauty of nature, building a core appreciation of each.
Creating sculptures from homemade clay, preserving autumn color leaves in wax, and choreographing a butterfly ballet are just a few of the many projects we do at Sprouts.
Outside of projects, children spend most of their time at Sprouts outdoors: building, creating, and playing with natural loose parts.
An urban nature school is an outdoor space - much like your own backyard or public park - to explore, learn, discover, and enjoy nature as part of our every day lives.
Children today are far less exposed to both art and nature (and more exposed to screen-time) than any generation before. In order to help grow kids that are creative, free-thinking, respectful, and appreciative of the earth, we need to re-instate these important experiences in early childhood.
Sprouts aims to provide children ages 2 years – 8 years the chance to play outside, to explore the natural world, to connect with local eco-systems, to form relationships, and to develop imagination.
A micro-school is a small consistent community of families.
Sprouts is a very small program with only two teachers, 18 students at one time (1:9 average ratio) and approximately twenty-five families total each school year.
The small number of families, frequently aligned values and hobbies, and children of similar ages, creates a tight-knit group forming lasting meaningful relationships.