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Swiss Forest School

The concept of Forest School is very common in Switzerland and Germany. It’s a part of growing up in these countries. Kids have school in the forest. It’s as simple as that. They spend the day learning about and playing in nature. Juliana attends Baumfux (translated, it means tree fox), which is a forest school here in our town. She leaves early in the morning, excited about the day, and returns in the late afternoon, filthy, tired, and happy. They hike, make fire, cook their own food, carve with their Swiss army knives (or just knives, as they’re known here!), swing from trees, hunt for foxes, build forts, find mushrooms and wild garlic to eat, explore caves, and dig in the mud. She loves it and has made some great friends at forest school. I can’t think of a better place to learn than the forest.

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