Our Story

Davis Forest School started as a once-a-week nature play program, founded in the Spring of 2018 by Candice Wang. The first session only had 6 kids in it, but it quickly grew as word spread! That fall, Candice moved away from Davis, and handed the reins over to Rosemary Roberts, who had had a child in that first session and was passionate about keeping this much-needed program alive. Rosemary grew the program to two and then three days a week, expanding its range and scope, until she moved away in 2020. A Covid-imposed hiatus was just what DFS needed to be able to pause, breathe and re-group, and following Candice’s return to Davis, sessions started up again in the Spring of 2021, this time with a small team of parents working behind the scenes to support the growth of the program. In the Winter of 2022, DFS officially became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! 

In 2023, DFS began expanding to include programs along the banks of the beautiful American River in Sacramento, and in 2024 started running programs at Cache Creek Nature Preserve in Woodland. With afternoon and daytime drop-off programs, an incredibly popular Parent/Child program, week-long summer day camps, regular workshops for adults and families, and a brand new year-round Forest Kinder program, DFS is continuously growing to fill the needs of the local community and to help foster a sense of togetherness, both with each other and with the land.