Welcome to Davis Forest School!


We still have some openings in our FALL program, and there are some exciting additions to our offerings, including an expansion into Sacramento, a Spanish immersion homeschool session, a an all new program for teens! See Our Programs for more information about our offerings, and for the registration link.

Want to learn more about one of the new locations we’re meeting at? Check out our News & Updates page to read (and watch a sweet little video!) about the Putah Creek South Fork Preserve!

Did you know we’re on Instagram? Follow us to see what we’re up to and to stay up-to-date with registration dates and other information!

You can now DONATE easily on our website any time! Just click the little yellow bubble, or read more on our Donations page.

Davis Forest School is a non-profit outdoor education and nature play organization located in Davis, California, on occupied Patwin land.

Our passion is getting kids outside! Our goal is to promote and cultivate understanding of and empathy for the natural world, and for the local bioregion–the ecosystem of Putah Creek and the lower Sacramento River watershed–in particular, through encouraging exploration and curiosity, facilitating free play, and guiding children in artistic creation, active games, hiking, and quiet observation. We use a variety of gentle, age-appropriate teaching and mentoring methods to facilitate positive experiences between children and the natural world.

Davis Forest School has a mission to promote environmental justice through acknowledging the Indigenous history of the land and forging connections with local Indigenous individuals and organizations, and also through offering accessible and welcoming programming, raising money through grants and donations to offer reparations-based scholarships to Black and Indigenous families, and need-based scholarships to economically disadvantaged families.

You can read more about our current offerings at Our Programs, and learn more about us at Our Story. You can get to know the current Forest School facilitators at Meet our Forest Mentors. To read what some of our past and current families have to say about their experiences with Davis Forest School, check out our Testimonials page. If you’re interested in learning more about the philosophies behind this type of program, please have a look at Resources.

For any questions or comments, feel free to drop us a note!