Little Mountain Forest School

Children's nature immersion programs located in Huntsville, AL.

Little Mountain Forest School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), genetic testing, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, student enrol

Operating as usual

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 06/17/2024

There’s nothing like camp buds! We miss all of our sweet camp friends this week! 🥲😍


Sensory play is for the bids 🐤 Bird seed makes a great sensory station for scooping, dumping and transferring! These skills develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and math concepts! We loved shaking to hear the sounds, comparing the different seeds, and feeling the cascade of bird seed when we dumped it on our hands!

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 06/12/2024

It's not too late to register to play with us this Summer! The playgroups below have space for more families!

-- 9 AM T/Th in Madison with Mr. Zeb starting June 25th
-- 12:30 PM Tuesdays in Huntsville with Mr. Clark starting July 2nd
-- 9:30 AM T/Th in New Market with Ms. Becca starting July 9th
-- 9 AM M/T/W in Madison with Ms. Heather July 29-31

Learn more and register at

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 06/11/2024


Play is a fundamental right; it builds resilience, instils confidence and helps children develop.

But children need time to play. That’s where we need policies, training and funding to get play integrated into education and community settings.

Play heals through learning, life skills and psychosocial well-being. That’s why there must be investment into diverse, inclusive and safe play spaces, extending access to all, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised children.

There are so many reasons we should all be celebrating the power of play.”


Teamwork makes the dream work! We love big bubbles and they make a great way to build social skills like collaboration, communication and boundary setting: “please don’t pop the bubble, we want to see how big it can get!”

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 06/08/2024

The warm rainy weather last week was perfect for fungi! These mushrooms are the fruiting body of the fungus. If a fungus was an apple tree, these are the apples… only in this case, the whole “tree” is out of sight under leaves and dirt! When the conditions are right, the fungi sends up its spore producing fruit! 🍄🍄‍🟫💛

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 06/06/2024

That’s a wrap on week one of summer camp! Today we used our sense of hearing to listen for sounds around us, we imitated insect sounds along with our book, and we made some instruments out of simple materials! This kind of play is great for building the skills kids need for receptive and expressive communication!


As we get ready for schools to let out for summer, a reminder that unstructured play is inherently valuable. We often hear about the “summer slide” or parents looking for “school readiness” in their kids. A child who hasn’t explored their grip with climbing and hanging won’t be able to control a pencil. A child who hasn’t moved freely enough to build a strong back and belly won’t be able to sit in a chair undistracted. A child who hasn’t done enough swinging and spinning won’t have the coordination in the muscles that control their eyes to track words across a page. Children NEED play, for their bodies, for their brains, for their emotional regulation and social skill building, and also for their academic success. Plus, look at that joy.


Have you ever seen kids clothing and thought, “I wish that came in adult size?” Duluth Trading Company has you covered. The gnome overalls or “gnoveralls” have taken over Little Mountain Forest School.

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 05/18/2024

Registration for Summer Playgroup is OPEN! WIth a team of experienced leaders, we'll be facilitating child-led nature play the Tinkergarten way! We've got lots of ways to stay cool with outdoor play this Summer and we hope you'll join us!


We cannot believe the forest school year is already over 🥺 but! We're so excited to be bringing you a new lineup of Summer Playgroups! They will open for registration SOON and will begin in June. We've got once weekly, twice weekly and three consecutive day options for this season! We hope to help so many families learn to love summer nature play! 🌳🌊🧊 info will be posted at



Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 05/09/2024

Our playgroups are having so much fun exploring CREATIVITY with expertly designed play invitations from Tinkergarten. Our leaders are facilitating nature-based, child-led play all over Madison County! Our Spring seasons are wrapping up, but we're getting details organized to release Summer playgroup information soon! Playgroup families, share your favorite playgroup moments in the comments below!


Around LMFS we love to let the school year wrap up with gnome, dragon and fairy play! Mythical, magical May! 🧚‍♂️🐲✨

If you've ever had the opportunity to see Renee Raney's beatiful fairy homes, you know the type of awe, joy and appreciation this kind of play can spark! Renee will be leading a class at Monte Sano State Park in July! Don't miss it!

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 05/07/2024

We’re on that big bug bandwagon.


We’ve still got a few spots left for summer camp, so registration is now open on our website! The first two weeks of June, kids from ages 3-7 are invited to join us in our outdoor classroom at Monte Sano for a whole lot of nature inspired, child-led play!

Find out more and register before its full here:

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 04/25/2024

It’s been a great morning for critter catching! 🪲🔍

587 Programs @ Alabama State Parks 04/23/2024

Monte Sano State Park has some wonderful programs coming up! This Saturday, join Naturalist, Amber Coger, for a sensory hike for all ages. Learn about how important our senses are for informing us of our world. Use your senses to explore more of nature and to guide your learning experience out on the trails of Monte Sano State Park! Reserve your spot below:

587 Programs @ Alabama State Parks Register for programs and activities available now at Alabama State Parks

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 04/18/2024

The reason we run summer camp is because we know forest school isn't the right fit for every family, and we still want to have as many kids as possible experience the magic of our outdoor classroom. 🌳✨ We want all children to experience the joy of unstructured natrure play with the safety and enthusiasm of well trained outdoor educators.

Our camp enrollment is based on a lottery-- you have until Sunday night to join the waitlist! After that, we will begin inviting families to register as we are able! 🤞

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 04/16/2024

👏🏻 let’s hear it for our trailblazers! This crew did the longest hike of their LMFS careers this week! The nearly 3 mile loop with 570 ft of elevation gain was definitely a challenge— but they all agreed they payout of exploring Stone Cuts was worth it.


It's a beautiful weekend for some child-led outdoor play! The best play invitations are usually the simplest. 🧴💧🪣 Soap + water + containers. Enjoy.


Don’t worry, this is good news! Because of the demand for our summer camp, we enroll families with a lottery system! If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please join the waitlist and read the registration details before April 21st!


☀️ Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!🪻

We are excited to be able to provide two weeks of LMFS Summer Camp in our Preschool Pathfinders space at Monte Sano State Park! This is a drop-off day camp for kids 3 (and potty independent) up to age 7!

Camper spots will be assigned via lottery system. Please read the information on the registation page carefully!

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 04/08/2024

🕶 It's eclipse day today - at 2:02pm CT in Huntsville, Alabama to be exact! The eclipse is a wonderful opportunity for a multisensory observation experience. Scroll to see prompts from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration that you can use to observe how the eclipse affects you, as well as the animals and insects around you! 🦗

Some of our Little Mountain Forest School educators and families have travelled to observe the eclipse in totality: Broken Bow, OK; Hot Springs, AR; Kennett, MO; and Rittman, OH to name a few. 👇Tell us below where you are observing from!

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 04/07/2024

Some moments at forest school are especially magical. You think, "This is what it's all about." These kiddos working together to make a train was one of those moments.

Not only did they come up with great ideas, they were very welcoming of any other student that wanted to join. And they communicated so nicely with each other.

They were trying to figure out a way for the whole train to move when the person at the front was pulled.

They started with yarn when it was just a few of them. The yarn broke. More children joined in, and they decided to try locking hands. When that failed, they decided to hold sticks between them. When that failed, they decided to try holding onto the containers they were sitting on.

After telling them they'd had great ideas, I told them what they were trying to do was very difficult. I said something to the effect of, "It would be a whole lot easier if we had wheels."

They then began thinking about what they could use for wheels. Ideas included acorns, buckets, then sticks. The school day was over at that point, which was disappointing because I wanted to see what they would do next.

-Ms. Heather

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 04/05/2024

Face painting has been a very popular activity lately! Don’t forget, self expression is all about looking and feeling your best— and it’s important to get lots of beauty rest! ☺️

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 04/02/2024

You're never too old to play with blocks! Or to use them to make a model map! 🗺 By creating these physical, representational maps, our Explorer class was able to make scavenger hunts for each other!


Child-led. Nature-based. Numeracy.
“That’s five acorns!”
“And what if we make another pile of five?”
“…6, 7, 8, 9, 10!”
And so on, collecting acorn and making groups of five side by side until….


Fine motor skill isn't just about fingers, you know! There are 26 bones in each foot, and together the bones in your feet make up approximately 25% of the total bones in your body! Take the opportunity on this beautiful day to let all of those little piggies get some fresh air! Your whole body will thank you. 🐖

Photos from Little Mountain Forest School's post 03/27/2024

🛝 Recently, we took one of our classes on a hike to the playground. If you've ever visited the Monte Sano State Park Playground, you'll understand that it's one made for big kids in mind, with some pretty tall and challenging elements! We know that there is a constant struggle in more traditional schools to keep kids safe on playground equipment. One of the things that can make playgrounds and our children safer? Letting them MOVE freely more often. 🤸‍♀️ When children spend most of their time moving in very predictable environents, like walking around leveled indoor floors, they're missing opportunities to strengthen sensory systems that keep them safe when they're faced with challenges.

All of this to say: we were very impressed to watch our forest school kids, who navigate challenging natural elements and move in ways as unique as they are, on the playground! We have some strong and capable kiddos in our classes! 💕

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Child-led. Nature-based. Numeracy. “That’s five acorns!”“And what if we make another pile of five?”“…6, 7, 8, 9, 10!”And...
“So, you’re outside all the time? What do you do when it rains?”
These two friends made so many observations while throwing mud balls this week! They noticed that different sized balls ...
Added a new verse to the song the pathfinder sing on their walk into our space, Happy Wanderer:🎶I love to go a slip-slid...
There’s nothing like a little yoga outside! 🧘🏻Trailblazers took their monthly moon hike to search for the moon in the da...
We’re back in our space this week where amazing things are happening… like millipedes walking through paint and leaving ...
It is truly a beautiful sight to experience the joy of our Pathfinder’s space. We are counting down the days until we’ll...
🛝 We’re sliding — Or somersaulting!— Into the end of the school year! Explorers received a Monte Sano map bandana to com...
A boat at the bog! Our explorers recently discovered this bark could not only float, but also hold them! They experiment...
Butterfly Outdoors made an emergency kit for our staff gift exchange! If you want a chance to win one of these carefully...
We learned a great little jingle from our friend Brinkley Hutchings when we visited Nature Connect Alabama. It’s guarant...





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