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Monday - Friday 09:00AM - 17:00PM
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED
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Our Courses


This session is designed for individuals who want to learn more about this growing global movement and the many benefits for young children.

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Forest School Teacher

This session is designed for individuals with a teaching background in either a formal or informal setting who desire to acquire a deeper understanding .

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Master Forest School Teacher

This session is designed to build greater competency in FS teaching, planning and assessment, plus increased naturalist knowledge and skills.

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Forest School Leader

This session is designed to prepare individuals to become leaders in establishing FS programs in public and private schools and to become FS advocates.

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Our passion and purpose

After founding Wauchatchie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jean Lomino’s passion quickly turned to reproduce the awesome learning environment offered by nature to children everywhere. Jean established Forest School Teacher Institute to train traditional teachers from around the globe to be nature teachers and to promote Forest School research. All trainees gain firsthand experience through observation of forest school programs in a variety of natural settings and school venues, at training sites throughout the Eastern US.

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PhD in Leadership and Environment Education.

Forest School Teacher Institute is headquartered at the main campus of Wauhatchie School, located on the grounds of Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, Chattanooga, TN. Six other Lab school sites are located within a 50 mile radius of Chattanooga.

FSTI training is endorsed by the MSED in Outdoor Teacher Education at Southern Adventist University.

2019 FSTI Training Cohorts Now Forming

Forest School Teacher Retreat

October 4-6 at the “Camp at Buffalo Mountain” in Jonesboro,TN, home of Seedkeepers Forest School. Join your fellow nature teachers for a weekend of relaxation, reflection and renewal in a spectacular setting. Enjoy shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), nature journaling, wild edible hike and other peaceable activities. Lodging and meals will be included in the retreat fee of $350. Professional development credit may be earned for this retreat.

Forest School Leadership Training

October 6-10 at the “Camp at Buffalo Mountain.” This training will be offered by Forest School Teacher Institute and is designed to help individuals acquire knowledge and skills to plan and implement a forest school program in both public and private venues and to become an effective FS leader and advocate. Participants will receive a Level 4 Forest School Leadership certificate from the Forest School Teacher Institute, endorsed by the Master’s in Outdoor Education program at Southern Adventist University. Professional development credit may be earned for this 5-day training. Training fee of $1200 will include food and lodging. (Group discounts and scholarships available)

Application deadline is August 31.

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Call Us: 423-240-2715