Palouse Roots Outdoor School is an all-outdoor program for children ages 4-7.  Children learn about local flora and fauna, climate, engineering, they build social and emotional skills, confidence, curiosity, and creativity, and they develop an affection for their environment and community. We have openings for the Spring with class on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at the PCEI Nature Center. Monthly tuition for 2 days per week is $320 (all families are encouraged to apply for sliding scale tuition which is based on income, family size and funds available.) Apply now!

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Teacher Misha

As a child I spent the majority of my playtime outside & went barefoot whenever possible. I often spent hours in my neighborhood creek looking for salamanders, collecting stones & leaping from rock to rock. If there was a tree nearby I was in it, up as high as I could get & upside down when possible. Grassy hills were for rolling, running, & sledding; the woods were for obstacle courses, forts, & endless pretend play. Those years nurtured a relationship with nature that was both playful & curious. This deep connection led me to a graduate degree in ecology & a career in environmental education. 

 

Exploring nature with children is intuitive for me, & has also become a delightful part of the time I spend with my family and friends. My work experience is an unusual mix of environmental ecology, teaching, & nonprofit leadership. I am most naturally drawn to working with children and have been a nature center kids’ program leader, children’s science museum teacher, home daycare provider, & camp counselor....

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Teacher Morgan

 Hi! I'm Morgan Stevenson. I'm excited to be joining Palouse Roots as assistant teacher this year! I am originally from the East Coast and grew up in a homeschooling family where I was able to learn in a relaxed, flexible environment.  Although l was a city girl, after living in the Palouse for almost a decade I feel a strong connection with the land & a deep love for this area! Through hiking, gardening, & even just experiencing the diverse seasonal changes, I have found great strength and healing in a life lived in harmony with nature. Over the years, living close to the land & learning in the context of my environment has become ever more important to me...

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