“An environment-based education movement--at all levels of education--will help students realize that school isn't supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.”
We want children to love learning, to know the woods and the fields like they know themselves, to know the richness that comes from a community working together, and to find themselves being called to the outdoors rather than to the indoor environment of screens and sterile safety. We want them to be risk managers not risk avoiders. We want them to trust and love people not fear them. We want them to trust themselves and respect the world they live in. We will help their parents guide them to this place by providing them with a learning environment full of beauty, curiosity, affection, and growth, and surrounded by trees, soil, friends, and birdsong. While doing this we will help build the foundation of learning they need to then excel in school, jobs, and bettering their world.
The aim of PALOUSE ROOTS is to provide place-based educational programs in an outdoor environment for children residing in the Palouse region to cultivate community, nurture a deep love of the surrounding environment, and develop inner strength and confidence.
Out first program is EARTHWORMS nature preschool. We have a pilot program running for the month of May 2018. Check it out!
"Given the chance, a child will bring the confusion of the world to the woods, wash it in the creek, and turn it over to see what lives on the unseen side of that confusion."
All donations go directly to tuition assistance.