Livingston's local forest school

Welcome to Guided Wild's Forest Pre-School! Our setting in Livingston, MT provides an engaging environment for children to connect with nature through unstructured play.

Our creekside forest offers Willow trees to climb, rocks to flip and space to run. Often observing a family of deer or a solitary muskrat, the children glimpse into the wonders of wildlife in our outdoor sanctuary. 

About Guided Wild

About Guided WILd

Inspired by the transformative Scandinavian Forest School philosophy, Guided Wild centers on child-led learning and the belief that every child deserves the freedom to explore, play and grow in natural settings. We are committed to providing a space where children can develop their autonomy, curiosity and problem solving skills, all while connecting with the environment. 

Step into our immersive outdoor classroom, and you'll see the magic unfold as children's eyes light up with wonder. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, they become natural-born explorers, asking questions, seeking answers, and discovering the world around them with unbridled enthusiasm.

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Guided Wild offers a variety of OPTIONs

Summer forest school

Tailored for children aged 3-10, our camp offers thematic blocks ranging from Animal Homes and Insect Discovery to Water Play and Nature Art. This immersive experience promises a summer filled with exploration, creativity, and unforgettable outdoor adventures, all while fostering a deep connection with the natural world.

PREschool 24/25

Offering both full and part-time options for kids aged 3-5, this program ensures your child continues their journey of exploration and learning throughout the year. With a focus on child-led learning, our students engage in activities that build autonomy, curiosity, and problem-solving skills in a play-based, natural setting.


For homeschool families seeking outdoor education enrichment opportunities for their 5-10 year olds, our 1 day a week option offers a chance to engage in the Forest School experience. Perfect for those who wish to supplement their child's learning with immersive, nature-based education, our daily option provides the same rich, child-led exploration and play as our longer-term programs.

Forest Mamas

Join us for a special outdoor workshop designed to foster early connections with nature for both moms and babies. Set against the tranquil backdrop of the forest, our gentle activities encourage relaxation, play, and the creation of precious memories. Feel confident dressing your little ones for the elements as we explore the wonders of the outdoors. Learn about holistic childhood development through the Forest School ethos, and connect with like-minded forest mamas who share your love for nature.

Our mission

Guided Wild is dedicated to nurturing the innate curiosity and resilience of children through immersive, nature-based learning experiences. Our mission is to foster a deep connection between young minds and the natural world, empowering them to explore, play, create, and grow with autonomy.


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Summer Program (8-weeks)

The Full Time Summer Experience encompasses all four thematic blocks—Animal Homes, Insect Discovery, Water Play, and Nature Art—offering a holistic journey through nature’s classroom.

June 17, 2024 9:00 AM
August 15, 2024 3:00 PM
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Summer Program Block 1 - Animal Homes

Through hands-on activities, observation, and playful exploration, children will learn about the importance of habitats in nature, animal behavior, and how we can protect these living spaces.

June 17, 2024 9:00 AM
June 27, 2024 3:00 AM
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Summer Program Block 2 - Insect Discovery

This block is a deep dive into the lives of insects, fostering a sense of wonder and respect for these small, but mighty creatures of our planet.

July 8, 2024 9:00 AM
July 18, 2024 3:00 AM
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Our program operates on a long-term basis, providing families with flexible options. By revisiting the same natural woodland environment, we create a conducive space for building upon prior knowledge and fostering deeper understanding.

Our primary focus is on promoting holistic development in our students. Social skills emerge as children interact with peers from different groups, encouraging inclusivity and cooperation. To nurture emotional growth, we empower them to discuss strategies for self-regulation, compromise, and problem-solving, fostering resilience and empathy.

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