Preschool in the woods: Rope, compasses and binoculars will be required

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Preschool in the woods: Rope, compasses and binoculars will be required

Durango School District to offer outdoor classroom next year
Liana Fish, 5, left, Marleigh McCloskey, 4, center, and Morna Ferran, 4, play on ropes that were set up for the Durango School District 9-R preschool students in Memorial Park in April. The district is launching a forest preschool next fall that will hold class outdoors 90% to 95% of the time.
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More information about Durango School District 9-R’s preschool registration can be found at durangoschools.org.More information about the Free Forest School can be found on Facebook or by emailing Katherine Dudley at ffsdurango@gmail.com.

Preschool in the woods: Rope, compasses and binoculars will be required

Liana Fish, 5, left, Marleigh McCloskey, 4, center, and Morna Ferran, 4, play on ropes that were set up for the Durango School District 9-R preschool students in Memorial Park in April. The district is launching a forest preschool next fall that will hold class outdoors 90% to 95% of the time.

Preschool in the woods: Rope, compasses and binoculars will be required

Sarah Lemcke, a Riverview Elementary School teacher, talks with Aspen Winters, 5, left, and Reese Krueger, 4, who are carrying buckets as Luke Webster, 5, comes to help. Durango School District 9-R preschool students were playing in Memorial Park in April. Lemcke expects to teach a new forest preschool class in the fall.

Preschool in the woods: Rope, compasses and binoculars will be required

Durango School District 9-R preschool students Charlie Mick, 4, left, and Beckett Clair, 3, play along the Animas River in Memorial Park in April. A new forest preschool class is expected to launch in the fall and will meet outdoors every day, unless weather makes it unsafe.

Preschool in the woods: Rope, compasses and binoculars will be required

Sarah Lemcke, a Riverview Elementary School teacher, keeps an eye on her preschool class as they play on the rocks in Memorial Park in April. Lemcke will teach a forest preschool class based at Needham Elementary School.
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