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Little Nest Forest Preschool Parent Information Night

Friday, June 17, 5-6PM

Would you like to get more information about the new forest school program on Bowen Island?

Please join us at Bowen Island Yoga in welcoming Catherine Barnum, founder of Little Nest Forest Preschool, to Bowen Island. Her program adds to the diverse array options parents of little one's are so lucky to have on Bowen Island, but it is also very unique, and will undoubtedly speak to many who were called to Bowen to raise children.

Catherine will offer two program orientation sessions so that you can meet her, learn about her vision and intention with Little Nest Forest Preschool, hear about its history on Salt Spring Island, and have the opportunity to ask questions. 

"Little Nest Preschool provides a natural, loving, inspiring, and supportive place for young children to thrive and develop. This Program allows children the opportunity to be together in a kind and gentle atmosphere, while teaching resiliency principles, building life skills, and demonstrating ecological awareness to children ages two and half to five."

To read more about Little Nest Forest Preschool, visit:


  • Friday, June 17, 5-6PM

About the teacher, Catherine:

Catherine Barnum, the founder of Little Nest Forest Preschool aged program, is a graduate of  Capilano University’s Early Childhood Care and Education Program, the Clinical Herbal Internship Program from the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, California, and the Herbal Apprenticeship Program with Susan Weed in Upstate New York.    She grew up in North Vancouver, and is excited to have bought a home on Bowen Island, where she and her husband were married in 2009.

Catherine began exploring her interest in the forest school model through an internship with Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten, located on Vashon Island, Washington, in 2011.  Catherine completed Forest School Canada's Nature and Forest School Practitioner's summer Training Program, in 2014. 

She has most recently competed the Foundation Teacher Training Course though Mother Earth School in Portland Oregon, last summer, and continues to learn as much as she can.   The Mother Earth Foundation course teaches Waldorf teaching methods in philosophy while training teachers how to integrate  permaculture ethics and principles into their classroom. 

Catherine combines her background as an herbalist, environmentalist, and Early Childhood Educator, to express her passion for validating  children’s innate connectedness to the earth.   Catherine brings her passion for playing acoustic guitar and fiddle to the classroom. Her love for the guitar and music was instilled early in her own childhood.

It is important to  Catherine to approach the subject of sustainability through an optimistic and empowering classroom culture. Her goals are to help build a generation  connected  to the natural world, armed with the knowledge that each of us can make a difference.

For Catherine, teaching is an opportunity to offer children the foundation they need to become healthy, confident, rooted individuals capable of the kind of leadership, self-regulation, and creativity that will help them face tomorrow’s challenges.  She offers young children the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and values essential to sustainable living, the development of complex thought, and self-esteem.