River City Forest School

River City Forest School

Based in Richmond, VA, River City Forest School offers private tutoring and outdoor recreation programs for children and their families.

Photos from River City Forest School's post 15/06/2021


The school year may be winding down, but we are cranking UP the FUN!

We got invited to join one of our families while Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources took an inventory of the many types of fish in their stream. We learned about 12 different species that inhabited one of the streams! We also observed the varying sizes, markings, fins, mouth shapes, and gill placements that help with identifying each species.

What a fun adventure! 🌿 πŸ’¦

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It was a challenging trip to get there, but we still got "The Best Field Trip Ever" seal of approval! 😎🚲

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I'm excited to announce that I will be phasing out RCFS programs at the end of this school year to join an amazing team as we open CommUnity Yoga Preschool this Fall 2021!

We will host an Open House on Sunday, June 6th from 3:30-5pm with an outdoor family yoga class, activities, and a sneak peak of our classroom space! Feel free to reach out with any questions, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family to our school commUnity!

More info can be found here: https://nityaliving.com/yoga-pre-school/

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"Look Ms. Kirby! Spring is here!" 🌼🌷🌻

A bright sunny discovery on a cold winter day 🌞

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All this icy rain has us daydreaming back to a fun snowy afternoon of climbing, sledding, and snowballs β„οΈπŸ‚β˜ƒοΈ

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🎢 Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant 🎢

It's always easier to tackle a challenge with a good friend by your side! πŸ™‚πŸ§—β€β™‚οΈ

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FriYAY + forest + friends πŸ‚πŸ™‚

On Fridays, we share our favorite writing from the week. One of our writers crafted this gem: "A best friend is someone who builds treehouses with you" 🌲🏑

What are you and your BFF (Best Forest Friend) up to this weekend?

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Our morning prompt today was to write about a favorite field trip!

So here's a little from the overwhelming fan favorite- "the time we went sliding down the big rock" β›°οΈπŸ‘β†˜οΈ

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Teacher: "Are you alright? Looks like you got a little scraped up..."

Student: "Oh yeah, I was just hugging a tree."


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Happy holidays from our pod to yours! β›„πŸŒ²πŸ¦Œ

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We had TWO new explorers join our field trip today! πŸ’š

One was a kid πŸ‘¦πŸΌ
..the other was Baby Cheetah πŸ†

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Queen of tree roots! πŸ‘ΈπŸŒ³πŸžοΈ

We're thankful for nature's gifts each and every day! Especially when we find a throne in the woods that feels like it was made just for us πŸ˜ŠπŸ‚

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The three best friends that anyone could have πŸ’šπŸ™‚πŸŒ³

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Monday fun day at the pumpkin patch! πŸŽƒπŸ“πŸ‚πŸπŸπŸ‘»

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Nothin' like bike rides and buckeyes with your besties! πŸŒ°πŸŒΏπŸš΄πŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸŒž

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Made it to the top! πŸ§—β›°οΈ

It was an adventurous afternoon spent rock climbing and exploring around the river's edge!

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Tree climbs + chit-chats 🌳🐿️

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We had a GREAT visit to the today πŸšŒπŸ“šπŸ€“

Some quotes from the week that warmed this teacher's heart:

"I LOVE this year!"

"If we can't go to school right now, that's okay, I'm having a lot of fun"

"Pod school rules!" πŸ˜ŽπŸ†’

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We were SO lucky to meet Kristi + her friends yesterday! πŸ‘

She let us into the pen to visit with her sheep, who are hard at work doing invasive species clean-up 🌱

She patiently answered everyone's questions, and then the kids got to feed the sheep some special treats πŸ˜‹

Thank you Ms. Kristi !!!!

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Teamwork makes the dream work πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ

Pass the Plank is one of my favorite "floor is lava" variations! It encourages team building, communication, creativity, and collaboration πŸ€œπŸΌπŸ€›πŸΌ

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Finding the perfect stick for a magic wand takes a keen eye πŸ‘‘πŸ§šπŸ’«

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First day of school!!πŸƒπŸ™ˆ

We played listening games, observation games, and Eagle Eye from to expand our senses and practice noticing small details in our surroundings...such as a friend hiding behind a tree πŸƒπŸ™‰

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Did you know our founder + lead teacher Sarah is also a yoga instructor? πŸ§˜πŸ•‰οΈπŸ€Έ

Sarah became certified to teach yoga in 2016, specializing in yoga for children and gentle yoga for adults...a little something for the whole family!

Stay tuned for Family Yoga Hikes, a monthly offering by donation, beginning this September! Dates and details coming soon! πŸ’š

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There's no such thing as "bad weather" πŸ’§β˜”πŸŒˆ

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Snackin' in the woods πŸ˜‹πŸŒ­πŸžοΈ

Registration is officially OPEN for our fall season. Visit our website or send us a message to learn more! 🌿

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Looking ahead to the weekend like πŸ‘€πŸŒ³πŸ€Έ

Only TWO spots left for our Open House this Saturday, 8/1! Check out our website and book today to learn more about our program offerings this fall!

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El ciervo en el bosque 🦌🌲🌾

Does your family love being in nature?

Do you wish for your child to learn Spanish (and other languages) in a more organic way?

ΒΏPor quΓ© no los dos? πŸ˜€

At RCFS, we offer outdoor adventure AND immersive language-learning all in one! 🌍

Sign up for our open house event this Saturday to learn more!

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Sometimes all you need is a fallen tree to climb πŸŒ³πŸ§—

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La hoja πŸƒπŸŒž

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Looks like rain in the forecast for open house tonight, make sure to come prepared! πŸŒ±πŸ’¦πŸΈβ˜”

There are just a few spaces left to join us and learn more about our programs this fall. Please sign up ahead of time to ensure our group stays small.

Our next open house will be 8/1. Spots are filling up fast, don't miss out!

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La Tortuga 🐒

Our city parks are full of wildlife and wonder. Sometimes you just need to slow down in order to see it πŸ’šπŸŒΏ

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Happy Friday! πŸ™‚πŸŒΏ

We have THREE more spots available for our open house this Saturday! Sign up today to learn more about our program offerings this fall!

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We've received many requests, and we are listening! Our offerings are changing to meet the needs of more families, while also ensuring a safe, healthy, and fun learning environment 🌍

Check out our website, or attend one of our Open House events to learn more!

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Forest finds 🌰🌳🐿️

Only ONE spot left for our open house this Saturday, 7/18, and our other dates are filling up fast! Check out our website and book today to learn more!

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Calling all nature-loving families of RVA! πŸƒπŸŒΌπŸŒ³

Are you searching for alternative schooling options for your child this fall?

Forest school could be just what you're looking for!

Check out our website, come to an open house, or send us a message to learn why RCFS is the best choice for your preschooler or kindergartner 🌞

Photos from River City Forest School's post 09/07/2020

Morning adventures, yoga, and a tiny good-luck friend 🐞🏞️🌲

Photos from River City Forest School's post 07/07/2020

It was a great day of fairy houses, fort-building, and specimens! πŸŒ²πŸ›πŸŒπŸ•·οΈπŸΏοΈπŸ’πŸπŸš

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If you need me this week, I'll be in my happy place.. learning in the woods among other awesome nature educators! 🌿

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⭐️Teacher Spotlight⭐️ Meet Sarah- founder, director, and lead teacher at RCFS

Hi, I'm Sarah! I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with a family that loved to camp, hike, and bike, so my passion for the outdoors started as early as I can rememberπŸ•οΈ

I've always known I wanted to work with kids, ever since I was one myself, so becoming a licensed early childhood teacher felt pretty natural. I taught in public school for several years, and I loved working with my students, but over time I felt that there was something missing from their educational environment, so I started taking my students outside for lessons whenever it was possible. That simple change made such a noticeable difference in everyone's mood and memory, almost immediately, and I was hooked on the magic of nature education! When I learned about forest schools in 2016, I knew I'd found my path as an educator, and I've been teaching and learning with children in nature ever since 🌻

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Just a couple of leaf heads living their best life! 🌿 πŸ™‚πŸŒΏ

It's pretty hard to have a bad day when the forest is our classroom 🌲

Are you interested in learning how your child can have THIS much fun in nature?! Sign up for one of our open house events, or send us a message. We're confident that enrolling in our bilingual outdoor program will be the best choice you'll ever make in childcare!

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