The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers was established by Lia Grippo, Erin Boehme, Kelly Villarruel and Kolmi Majumdar in 2014 to provide innovative and in-depth training for forest school teachers and early childhood educators dedicated to connecting children with Nature.
Based in Santa Barbara, California, the Academy was formed in partnership with Wild Roots Forest School, one of the longest running forest schools in North America.
Our team brings together extensive backgrounds and 65 years of experience in early childhood education, nature connection mentoring, and training adult learners. In order to build a strong foundation in developmentally appropriate practices, deep nature connection and naturalist skills, we provide an active, engaging, and transformational curriculum. The Academy's comprehensive teacher training programs, workshops, and conferences provide our students with both the theoretical and practical skills, knowledge, and magic to become exceptional educators and mentors in the field of early childhood education. Reaching Nature Connection, our annual conference, is now in it's 5th year.
We're inspired by this evolving field, the dedicated women and men who are developing it, and the beauty of shared purpose that the future generations call forth in us!