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Little Schoolhouse in the Woods is a non profit outdoor early education program based in Cincinnati, Ohio. We have worked hard to improve access to the outdoors with an outdoor shelter and outdoor hand washing stations, as well as enhanced cleaning protocols.

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We work hard to provide quality nature based experiences for early childhood, but our program costs don’t cover all of our expenses. If you’d like to support our dream of providing nature based education for children, please contribute by clicking here. Give a little, or give a lot, you’ll be supporting the love of nature and happy childhoods! Simply click on the donate button below to donate today! Thank you!!

Winter Solstice Walk 2022: CANCELED

We are so sorry to cancel tonight’s (Thur, Dec.22) Solstice Walk. This is a very special event for us, and it pains us to cancel, but the weather forecast appears treacherous. We hope you are able to stay home, safe and warm with your loved ones!

It is a wonderful and special time of year! The days shorten, the nights get longer, and the weather turns cold. As the world turns to winter, we turn inward. As the sun is diminished, we light our lamps and bring inner joy outward and express kindness and love. We snuggle up in our warm homes with our families and friends. We engage in fellowship over food and beverage. Often, gifts are exchanged and we seek ways to share our good fortunes with those who have less.

Even as the leaves have fallen and are decomposing, the grasses are browning, and most of the plants go dormant or seem dead or disappear underground, we have hope that Spring will come. Nature remains beautiful to anyone who recognizes this as part of the cycle of the seasons of life.

Regardless of your faith, nature is secure in its beauty and rhythms. We can all celebrate together knowing that the nights will gradually grow shorter and the days longer, and life will begin to emerge again in a few short months.

Winter solstice is one of Little Schoolhouse in the Woods’ favorite holidays. We assist the children in decorating simple glass jars that will hold a small candle. We meet after the sun has set and we light our candle lanterns for a short walk in nature. Often, we are quiet and reverent. Sometimes there is singing. Always there is joy.

Our current students and their families are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 5:30-7 pm. Our walk will start promptly at 6 pm. Students have made lanterns, and we will have them here ready for them when they arrive.

Alumni and their families, as well as anyone in the community who would like to attend are invited to join us on Thursday, December 22, 2022 from 5:30-7. Our walk will start promptly at 6pm. If you would like to, please bring your own lantern to light and carry during the walk.

If you would like to RSVP so we know to expect you, or if you have any questions, please email us at LittleSchoolhouseintheWoods@gmail.com

Many Thanks!!!!

We are so grateful to Chris Leonard! His daughter no longer attends Little Schoolhouse, but he’s been working hard helping us out in a number of ways! Last summer, he helped excavate an area connecting the parking to the second driveway and filling it with gravel. This was a huge amount of work, and he was doing it in the hottest part of the summer! It looks great and has been a huge help with our traffic flow this year. He’s helped in so many other repairs and improvements around the yard and school over the past years that we can’t even count them all! If you see Chris around, buy that guy a beverage!

Hike-A-Thon 2022!

We are excited to announce our Hike-A-Thon fundraiser was a huge success! You helped us exceed our fundraising goal of $2,000!!!. Your pledges supported our students in a daily hike from April 4-8, culminating in a Saturday hike at the Little Schoolhouse in the Woods (2628 Montana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211) on April 9 which was open to the community and was a bit rainy, but that didn’t stop the smiles and fellowship.

We love hiking with the children and hope to inspire everyone in our community to get outside and enjoy a hike! THANK YOU!

Work Day Volunteer Opportunity

We are hosting a Work Day soon! This is an excellent opportunity to help us get ready for the next big chapter in our outdoor education adventure! RSVP by emailing us at littleschoolhouseinthewoods@gmail.com

Learn More About Us

Find out more information about outdoor early education and who Little Schoolhouse in the Woods is HERE. We are proud to be recognized as a top preschool in Cincinnati!

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Little Schoolhouse in the Woods admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.