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Working Hours
Monday - Friday 09:00AM - 17:00PM
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED
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Courses of Study


This Course of Study 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 Course of Study is designed for individuals with a teaching background in either a formal or informal setting who want to acquire the skills, knowledge-base and understanding to facilitate Forest School classes.

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Forest School Director

This Course of Study is designed for individuals with an education or business background or relevant experience, who wish to create and/or direct a forest school program.

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Forest School Leader

This Course of Study 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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Class Descriptions

Read more here to learn about each class offered, including elective classes.

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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.

PhD in Leadership and Environment Education.

Forest School Teacher Institute is headquartered at the main campus of Wauhatchie School http://www.wauhatchie.org, located on the grounds of Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, Chattanooga, TN. Seven 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.

Into the Woods

FSTI Fall Leadership Retreat

October 10 (rain date October 11)

Join colleagues from around the world for our 2020 FSTI Leadership Retreat. Come be inspired in person or from the comfort of your own home.  We will relax, reflect and reconnect in this magical place, tucked in a valley between Raccoon and Lookout Mountains. Enjoy a day immersed in nature, amidst woods, meadows, lake and creek, at the birthplace of Wauhatchie School. Facilitators include a team of expert naturalists and educators, led by Dr. Jean Lomino, Founder and Director of Forest School Teacher Institute.  


In Person $75.00 (Limited to 20 participants)

  • All activities held outdoors with social distancing (and occasional mask-wearing)
  • Participants will bring their own lunches, snacks and drinks

Zoom $45.00

  • Most activities will be live by zoom, with some recorded sessions to view later


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