Due to COVID-19 we are pausing all registrations until updated public health orders are issued allowing group activities for children. Summer camp will proceed only if shelter in place orders are lifted. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please email any questions to alwayslearningandgrowing@gmail.com.

Always Learning & Growing

Outdoor Nature School
Explore, Imagine, Create, Grow
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Forest School Classes 2019-2020

Winter and Spring 2020 Forest School rolling admissions for new students



Please join us for a FUN, informal gathering.

Kids can create nature art, take a nature quiz, and meet new friends.

San Francisco-February 8th, 11 am-1 pm– GG Park, Blue Boat Playground, Lincoln Blvd

Berkeley-February 9th, 11am-1pm– Tilden Park Nature Area, near Little Farm

why choose
Always Learning & Growing:

100% outside

We are located in San Francisco and Berkeley, CA. Our program is 100% outside and takes place in a variety of beautiful parks.



Taught by a CedarSong certified forest kindergarten teacher. Always Learning & Growing is one of San Francisco’s first nature preschools- since 2010!


We are members of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and listed on the Natural Start Preschool MapOur teachers are involved with Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab and actively work to promote outdoor education for all children. 

STEM activities

Our activities are naturally STEM based and incorporated into our outdoor active free play. Activities include nature art, problem solving, science, and building, all while forming a lasting connection to our earth.


We are a forest school program for children ages 3-6 years. We offer outdoor nature immersion classes and outdoor nature camp for ages 3-8 years.


Nature inspires our creativity! From imaginative games created by the children to open ended nature art, the natural beauty of the outdoors nurtures our respect and encouragement for everyone’s ideas.

What parents are saying…

Carlene is both very knowledgeable and caring. She incorporates excellent learning experiences into each day of fun for our son.

-KP, parent

Our sons have enjoyed various sessions in Teacher Carlene’s care. Thank you very much for helping our children explore the nature that surrounds them.
-LH, parent

I was drawn to this camp because it happens outdoors, but what makes it truly perfect and special is the teachers, who are super warm and who make it feel like a cozy community. My daughter always seemed happy and relaxed when I picked her up. She was proud to show me everything they did. I feel totally comfortable and at ease dropping her off, knowing she’s going to have a great time and is building her confidence playing outdoors.
-KL, parent

This camp was a wonderful find for my boys (age just-barely-3 and almost-7). They came home happy, tired, dirty, and full of smiles and stories of the adventures of the day. Instructors did a great job of keeping different age groups entertained simultaneously. They meet in a different region of the park every week so stays new week after week. And I love the flexibility of signing up for individual days vs committing to a full week. I cannot recommend this program highly enough!

-KM, parent

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