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Big Sur Forest 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, other and the natural world. The organization was created by community desire to support local families.

The Big Idea

Big Sur Forest School was developed by this unique community to support the whole child through youth-directed exploration and learning. This progressive early education approach uses the resources offered by Big Sur, including an outdoor classroom. This nonprofit’s Big Idea strives to continue this student-centered learning approach that fosters relational awareness, responsibility, compassion, resourcefulness and the connections between the self, other, and natural world. Big Sur Park School also helps students develop literacy and arts skills.

Our 2 year old daughter has become a student at the Big Sur Forest School this year. It has provided her opportunities to explore the natural environment with both her mind and body. Particularly valuable at the School is the long-standing philosophy of inquiry-inspired learning with peers of various ages in the community. At early ages, the complex outdoor environment provides ample challenges and training for the inquisitive sponges that children are. Our daughter is learning independence and confidence in surmounting physical challenges, we are so grateful to witness her thriving in her development. It has been incredible to have access to a safe outdoor learning environment during the last year navigating the pandemic. The Forest School is an invaluable program for our Big Sur community witnessing our children flourish

- Candice Isphording

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.