Forest Preschool Registration

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orest Preschool is an exploratory, outdoor, nature- and play-based program with an indoor classroom that empowers children to be active in their own learning process while providing them the means to connect to one another and the natural world in a caring way. Our program supports development of the whole child, engages curiosity and a sense of wonder, and instills a love of learning and connection to place.

Registration for the 2020-21 school year in now open. We do have a limited number of spaces available each day. Once you submit the form, we will email you to confirm that your preferred days are available.

A $200 deposit is required to reserve your child's space. Deposits are fully refundable until August 1st. After August 1st, deposits are nonrefundable and will be applied towards fall tuition minus credit card processing fees. (Updated May 2020)

*New this year: Forest Preschool will be offering aftercare daily from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursdays. 

Before registering, please review our FPS Handbook for additional information, frequently asked questions, and policies.

Tuition rates for 2020-2021 are:

  • 2 days/week: $481/month
  • 2.5 days/week: $619/month
  • 3 days/week: $704/month
  • 4 days/week: $915/month
  • 4.5 days/week: $1038/month

Act 166 annual voucher: $3,445

Act 166 spread over 9.5 months: $362.63

FPS runs from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Aftercare runs from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays.

Rates for 2020-2021 Aftercare:

  • 2 days/week: $137/month
  • 3 days/week: $206/month
  • 4 days/week: $275/month

Cancellation Policy: Your initial $200 deposit is refundable until August 1st. After August 1st, deposits are non-refundable. If the need to withdraw your child from the program arises, we will do our best to promptly fill your child's space from our waitlist, and provide a partial refund if possible. However, you may be held responsible for tuition for up to two full months following the withdrawal date, or until we can fill your child's space (whichever comes first).

 Register Below


NOTE: Below you'll find our registration platform powered by Sawyer. This system confidentially stores your child's information to make it easier for parents to register children for multiple NBNC programs. If you are new to Sawyer: When you click "More Info," then "Registration" below, the platform will ask you first to create a Sawyer account. This only takes a few seconds. But wait, you're not done yet! Once you've created and logged into your new account, return to this page and continue with the remainder of your registration process.


NOTE: The registration platform will indicate that you are enrolling for 5 days - you may disregard that during the checkout process. We'll follow up with you directly to confirm the days you intend to enroll).


UPDATE 5/27/2020 - We are no longer accepting registration for the 2020-2021 Forest Preschool Season

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

—John Muir

North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206

Hours: Center Open Monday-Friday 9-4
Trails Open 24/7