Empowering the spirit of every child

 Through nature-based child care & enrichment programs, ages 2-11

What we do


About Us

Mission & Core Values

Our mission is to empower the spirit of every child through nature-based, place-based, and community-based learning experiences within a framework which centers children’s interests, knowledge, special abilities, and contributions, and views teachers as facilitators of learning.

Our Core Values:

  • Positive Sense of Self & Identity
  • Meaningful Learning
  • Stewardship & Service
  • Relationships & Community Participation
  • Spiritual Development
  • Strength & Value in Diversity

Testimonials

Tracy is magic with our son and he can’t wait to be there everyday.
– Kate, summer camp parent

This is the first camp that Mateo immediately felt seen & heard. He loved the games, the way in which the community was built and held, and of course the parkour opportunities. He went to a forest school preschool and LOVED being back outside with other kids who also love being outside.”
– summer camp parent

Journal Entry by Nina, age 7
“True Nature is amazing!  My child looked forward to going every day.  I’m so grateful for a program that helped her grow and become more comfortable with the outdoors and getting dirty.  There’s a great combination of structured activities and also time for the kids to come up with their own play and ideas. 
She seems happier and healthier getting to spend so much time outside.”
– Irene, mother of Nina, 2020-2021 Forest Immersion program

“My son had such a great time here with Tracy and the other kids! Tracy was so nice and very attentive to the children.”
– Janelle, school’s out camp parent

About our founder, Tracy Harrison


I grew up on a 15 acre farm and spent many hours as a kid playing in the mud and exploring the woods, and as a young adult practicing ancestral skills and subsistence farming. My passion is for all children to experience that same joyful nature connection as well as be empowered to impact their community. My educational background is in sociology and anthropology and I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Portland State University.  

I have worked with children as a nature skills instructor, preschool teacher, children’s ministry leader, and nanny for many years. Children are a blessing to me because their joy and wonder are contagious, because they are honest and real, and because they are my best teachers and keep me striving to be a better person. In my free time, you might find me in my garden or helping with the children’s ministry or Celebrate Recovery program at my church.

CURRENT PROGRAMS


In 2023, we are offering a Nature-Parkour summer camp in Madrona Park for ages 6-11 years. More seasonal camps coming soon!

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