Nature Preschool – Roots and Wings

Roots and Wings - learning to feel at home in nature...Founded in 2004, our Roots and Wings outdoor nature preschool allows children ages 4-6 to have fun and explore the natural world around them through nature activities for kids, such as songs, stories and walks, and by observing plants and animals with all of their senses.

As with all Wilderness Awareness Youth Courses, enrollment in our nature preschool is limited to ensure individual attention and mentoring opportunities for each child.

Roots and Wings Nature Preschool is committed to planting seeds for children’s growth and connection with nature; safely, with confidence and fun.

Interested? Click here for a list of visit days!

Activities and Focus

  • Circle time with songs and stories
  • Nature walks
  • Familiarity with the four directions
  • Nature awareness games
  • Nature activities for kids
  • Safety in nature
  • Plant and animal awareness
  • Sensory awareness
  • Nature skills

Course Registration Details

Call to Register When? September to June @ 10am-2pm Fridays
Where? Our land in the foothills of the Cascades near Duvall, WA
Who? Ages 4-6 How much? 2,300

2014-15 Nature Preschool Information

Course Registration For more information about course registration or to apply, please call our office: 425-788-1301

Class Meets Fridays; 10 am - 2 pm; Linne Doran, Duvall*. (*We are 15 min. from Woodinville, WA; 20 min. from Redmond, WA; 30 min. from Bellevue, WA; and 50 min. from Seattle, WA).

Classes start September 2014

Classes end May 2015

To Apply

Call our office: 425-788-1301


Quarterly Payments**         $2,200.00
Non-Refundable Registration Fee of $550.00 due upon registration.
3 Payments of $550.00 (September 1, December 1, March 1)
Must enroll in automatic payments
**$100.00 discount if paid in full by September 1st.


Monthly Payments    $2,300.00
Non-Refundable Registration Fee of $550.00 due upon registration.
10 Payments of $175.00 (September 1-June 1)
Must enroll in automatic payments

Scholarships If you require tuition assistance, we invite you to submit a Scholarship Application along with your application for Roots and Wings Nature Preschool (download a Scholarship Application in PDF format, complete it and mail it in).

The non-refundable enrollment fee is required to hold the place of all registrants, regardless of scholarship status. If, within two weeks of scholarship notification, scholarship applicants decide not to commit to the course, we will refund your fee in full. (This is the only event where the enrollment fee is refundable.)

Tuition Assistance: Your homeschooled child (age 5+) can receive valuable tuition assistance that can be applied toward costs at Roots and Wings! More details

Our Educational Philosophy

Roots and Wings - exploring the natural worldAt the core of our approach to educating young people is our concept of "Passion-based learning." This is the idea that every one of us has special gifts to bring to the world, things that spark our passions in life.

Our school's fundamental goal is to awaken this spirit in our students, and to help them identify and pursue their gifts. We believe that the most effective learning happens when young people are pursuing what they love, and so truly desire to learn.

Equally important is our philosophy that the most effective learning happens when students figure things out "on their own."

In their efforts to do this, they are individually guided by mentors who strive to create experiences and opportunities for students to discover their own answers.

We call this method Coyote Mentoring, a technique that encourages creative thinking rather than providing answers, and results in much deeper learning. It also stimulates the growth of problem-solving skills, and stretches the students into greater self-sufficiency in their living and learning.

Meet Your Instructors

Sol Marie Doran


Sol Marie Doran has been working with children since 1995 and has been mentoring with the Wilderness Awareness School methodology since 2002. She came to the school in 2004 from CA, where she worked with Wilderness Youth Project, ran an early childhood outdoor program, and earned a B.S. in Ecology. She is finishing her last Kamana Naturalist Training Program field pack, is a 2-time Tracking Intensive graduate, and has trained in herbalism at Ravencroft. Since 2008, she has been mentored by Kim Scanlon and Francis Weller on various arts, including modern cultural development, leadership, and emotions. She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Sol has been in various forms of movement training since age 2 and enjoys yoga, ethnic dance, and Crossfit.

Michelle Van Naerssen


Michelle loves her work!  Since 2001, she’s taught people of all ages on land and at sea, helping to deepen a sense of home in self, community and the natural world.  She brings over 5 years of experience as an 8 Shields mentor (WAS’s methodology) at schools around the country, including the Wilderness Awareness School, White Pine Programs (ME), Primitive Pursuits (NY), Vermont Wilderness School (VT), and Earth Native Wilderness School (TX).
Michelle brings compassion and respect for the many seasons of human development from her work as a birth assistant, hospice support, developing youth rites of passage and somatic therapy studies.  She has worked in the marine and building trades, and loves to make anything with her hands.

Michelle holds a degree from Wesleyan University, studying Human Ecology, and has contributed to research on wolves, eels, and an array of oceanographic sciences.  She is an Anake and ALP graduate.  She is CyberTracker Level III Track & Sign certified and has studied under many wildlife tracking experts around the country.  She is a Wilderness First Responder, and has studied plant medicine for many years.

Outside of WAS, Michelle worked with the OR-7 Wolf Expedition  ( as the Logistics, Equipment and Volunteer Coordinator; co-leads Vermont Wilderness School’s Lynx Tracking Expedition; and is learning to subsistence fish.

She enjoys lighting things on fire, tai chi, and is addicted to imitating bird calls.