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Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2023

Big Sur Park School


Big Sur Forest School is a community centered outdoor educational experience that honors the development of the whole child through child directed and inquiry inspired learning to foster relational awareness, responsibility, compassion, resourcefulness, and independence in connection with the self, others and the natural world. The organization was created by community desire to support local families.

The Big Idea

The Big Sur Park School is a child’s place of exploration and inquiry, to build awareness of self-and others, with a strong connection to the natural world. Through an emergent curriculum, a student-centered learning approach and an outdoor classroom, Big Sur Park School offers the only early childcare (under 3 years of age) along the coast, offering a progressive educational alternative to the Big Sur community to build a healthy foundation for children’s learning and development. Teachers honor each child's unique way in the world and facilitate expressive, creative, and stewardship activities while modeling clear communication to support social and emotional development for building relational skills. The BSPS has become a pillar of the local community, supporting the next generation in becoming capable and compassionate environmental stewards for our world.

Big Sur Park School has been a nurturing environment for our daughter Roxy, fostering her curiosity and resilience in ways we hadn't imagined possible. Through their student-centered approach and the unique outdoor classroom setting, she has blossomed, showing remarkable awareness of herself, others, and the natural world. Big Sur Park School is much more than a school; it's a community that respects individuality and cultivates a love for learning.

- Sam Stern