At Heritage Forest School

We have fun!

  • We have--

    • Story telling/songs 

    • Movement

    • Imaginary play

    • Quiet games

    • Art projects

We love to learn! 


We get muddy!


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. 


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