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At Heritage Forest School

We have fun!

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  • We have--

    • Story telling/songs 

    • Movement

    • Imaginary play

    • Quiet games

    • Art projects

We love to learn! 

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We get muddy!

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Heritage Forest School's immersion in nature takes place year round. The children are able to see first hand how nature changes from season to season. 

The 2 and 1/2 hours Heritage Forest School children spend interacting with nature gives them a healthy amount of time developing the skills needed to effectively navigate their world. 

Staff

Director/Lead instructor

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Heather T. Strong 

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Hello and thank you for coming to our site. Heritage Forest School is a project I've been working on for several years. I hope to provide an opportunity for you and your children that is safe and inviting. I have a BS degree with a Major in Human Development/Minor in Theater and a Master's degree in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, both from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. I have a diverse education and employment history. I attended Carthage College as a Theater Major (3 yrs), served in the U. S. Navy (4 yrs), food service  and CNA (2 yrs while finishing my BS degree),  Care Provider/case manager  Residential Treatment (10 yrs), drove a semi. (over the road 10 yrs, locally 2 yrs), CCS worker/education support staff (3.5  yrs), and most recently a Case Manager (2yrs) I have three incredible children and four amazing grandchildren. I am blessed and I hope with all my heart that I can provide a service to you that is everything you're hoping for. Our motto is, Creating leaders one choice at a time. That is what my life has been and that is what has led me here. 

Assistant Director/Art instructor

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Lyndsey is one of my incredible children.  She is an artist and a nature lover.  She is always up for an adventure and is excited to work with me to create an alternative educational environment.  As a child, Lyndsey roamed the 65 acre wooded islands on the North end of Lake Iola. The deer, trees and flora became her friends and played a major role in directing her life's path thus far. She served in the National Guard for 5 years, has earned a General Herbal Certificate, holds a Black Belt in Martial Arts, and has worked as a CCS worker and Care Provider for the last several years.  Her understanding of learning, connectedness and the honest belief that all of us are special are just a few of the reasons why I'm so happy to have Lyndsey join me on this journey.  

Lyndsey Thurston