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Do you have a question about Bluestone Nature School? Start here! If your question still hasn't been answered please email

Are you outside all day?

Bluestone Nature School, like many nature-based programs across the country, embraces outdoor learning in all weather. We will be outside for 90-100% of our day, but we do have access to an indoor classroom space. 

What are my enrollment options?

For the 2023/24 school year, Bluestone will run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Families can enroll for the Chickadee class (3 days), Saplings class (M/W), or Nuthatches class (TH). 

Bluestone Nature School follows a co-op model. Do I have to volunteer my time?

In order to maintain safety for the students and reduced tuition, we are following a parent co-op model for our pilot year. This means that a parent or guardian from each family is asked to volunteer one day each month in the classroom. Since we are not a true co-op, this is not required. But, families who can volunteer will receive a 10% discount on tuition (*please note that the tuition rates listed reflect the 10% discount). 

Your address says 'Twin Cedar Senior Living'. How does that work?

We are grateful for the support and partnership with Twin Cedar Senior Living in Shohola. Twin Cedar sits on 16 acres of wooded and wetland habitat, which they welcome Bluestone Nature School to use and explore. We created a trail system through the woods to our home base forest classroom, and we use an indoor classroom space in the property adjacent to Twin Cedar. We see this partnership as an opportunity to build relationships with our community Elders as well as brighten the days of Twin Cedar residents. Twice each month we bring a craft, building project, or other collaborative opportunity to the Center to engage with the residents.

What about vaccines?

Bluestone Nature School follows Pennsylvania state law for immunization requirements for children in child care group settings and preschool (PA code 23.83). You can view that code here

Does my child need to be potty trained?

Nope! We ask that you change your child's diaper at drop off and/or encourage them to try the restroom. We will do diaper changes and toileting throughout the morning (*please note that all diaper changes and toileting will be carried out by our Lead teacher, not parent volunteers). Children should be sent with an adequate amount of diapers and wipes, and for potty trained students, a change of underwear. 

Where do you go to the bathroom?

We have access to an indoor restroom connected to our indoor classroom to use at the beginning of each class day. When we're in the forest classroom, we have a pop-up privacy tent and a folding potty. We use compostable potty bags and change bags in between each student. The potty seat is wiped down with sanitizing wipes between each use, and both students and our Lead teacher wash hands after toileting. In the warmer months, students may take advantage of a designated "pee tree" and do a nature potty. 

Image by Marc Pell

Bluestone Nature School

at Twin Cedar Senior Living 

364 Little Walker Rd

Shohola, PA 18458

Bluestone Nature School plays and learns on the unceded land of our Host Nation peoples, the Munsee Lenape. We offer deep condolences to the past, present, and future Indigenous peoples who experienced harm at the hands of colonizers and for the systemic racism they still experience today. We promise to do our best as allies and support our Host Nation and all Indigenous peoples with our actions. We recognize this statement is just the first step and commit ourselves to continue to grow and work towards reparations and healing.

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