Forest Preschool Online


Welcome to Forest Preschool Online. Forest Preschool is a nature and play-based program where children follow their interests and develop a foundation for ecoliteracy. Inquiry-based learning is at the heart of our program, encouraging each child’s innate curiosity and a sense of wonder while instilling a love of learning and connection to place. More about Forest Preschool.

We would like to share these songs to lift your child's voice and heart, stories to inspire and engage imagination, and activities to encourage critical thinking, hands-on learning, and play. Explore the natural world with us! ~ Mary, Jenna, & Leslie

*We would like to acknowledge Jon Young, Ellen Haas and Evan McGown for inspiring our use of the core routines through their book, Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature.

Looking for guidance on how to best use the resources on this page? Click the button below for how we structure our days and routines.

Forest Preschool Activities





Songs and Stories

See the Story Time and Songbook sections below!




Stories, Songs

  • See "Stones" in Forest Preschool Story Time
  • See "Everybody needs a Rock" in Fores Preschool Story Time
  • See "Glorious Rocks" in Forest Preschool Songbook




Videos and Stories

  • See "The Foolish Dandelion" in Forest Preschool Story Time
  • See "I Love my Dandelion" and "My Roots go Down" in Forest Preschool Songbook
  • Dandelion Yellow Finger Play

Salamanders and Mud!


A Salamander Search with Mary

Exploring Field Guides


Fairy Houses


Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane



How to Get Started with your Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane

Spring Wildflowers



A Spring Ephemeral Walk with Mary

Amphibian Activities



Leslie's Visit to the Frog Pond

Building bird nests with natural materials



Forest Preschool Story Time

Little Cloud - by Eric Carle

Butterfly Butterfly - by Petr Horacek

Waiting for the Wings - by Lois Ehlert

Mushroom in the Rain - by Mirra Ginsburg

Everybody Needs a Rock - Byrd Baylor

Stones - Eyelike Nature Stories

The Foolish Dandelion - Karen Ott

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt - Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neil

Now I Know Turtles - Troll Associates

Under One Rock - Anthony Fredericks and Jennifer DeRubbio

Salamander Sky - Read by Author Katy Farber

Pick up a copy of Salamander Sky by Katy Farber at Bear Pond Books!

Forest Preschool Songbook

Daily Routine & Rhythm Songs

Spring Songs

Songs About Birds

Songs about Amphibians

Other Songs

Robin's Nest Nature Playgroup Corner

Story time

Resources for NBNC Forest Preschool Parents

North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206
[email protected]

Office Open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
Trails Open 24/7