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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 Leadership

Forest School Leadership Training coming in October! Details to be announced soon.

Master Forest School Teacher

July 15-18 at Lookout Lake Lodge in Chattanooga TN. Lookout Lake is a satellite site for Wauhatchie School Forest Preschool and was the original site of Wauhatchie School from 2015-18. This site and the new main campus at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center will serve as the lab school for the Master FS Teacher training session, along with visits to two other Forest School programs in the Chattanooga area. Participants will enjoy a tranquil stay on this 50-acre family estate with pond, wetland, creek meadow, and forest to explore.

Application deadline is June 28.

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Call Us: 423-240-2715