Forest School Classes will be on PAUSE FOR FALL

Time in the forest sparks joy, curiosity, cooperation and wonder!

SMNS Offers:

Forest Preschool for ages 3-6

Forest School Classes for ages 2-8
Forest School Summer Camp

We follow THE CEDARSONG WAY! SMNS’s Nature Immersion curriculum is “free time in nature, resulting in an intimate, deep and personal connection to the natural world.” Our programs promote social and emotional development, instill confidence and foster independence.

Connecting Kids with Nature

Give us a call to schedule a tour

Preschool and Summer Camps

Click below to enroll in Forest Preschool and Summer Camps

The Cedarsong Way

The Cedarsong way is a nature immersion philosophy that fosters kindness for oneself, the community and the natural world.

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Forest Preschool

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Forest School Summer Camp


Forest School Classes for ages 2-8

Fall 2020 Classes will post in August.

CLICK BELOW to enroll in Enrichment Forest School Classes. These classes meet weekly and run each season: Fall, Winter & Spring.

Drop -Off After School Classes


Weekday Caregiver Classes


Weekend Caregiver Classes


Our Teachers


Mary Clair Sonneman

Founder and Director

Mary Clair founded South Mountain Nature School in the fall of 2016 after earning her Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Certification at Cedarsong Nature School on Vashon Island, WA. Mary Clair holds a Secondary Teaching Degree from San Francisco State University. She has over 10 years teaching experience.


Anna Maxwell

Co-Director, Forest Preschool

Anna Maxwell holds a dual Masters of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education.  She has over 10 years of experience teaching kindergarten in the private and public school settings.


Anneliese Scherfen

Preschool Teacher

Anneliese has been a preschool teacher for over eight years. She earned her Early Childhood Masters in Education from Hunter College in NYC. She also holds a BFA in Art History from Ohio University.


Becky Gartman

Preschool Teacher

Becky Gartman has been working as a professional in the field for fourteen years – as a director, teacher, trainer, advocate, researcher, and writer. Becky holds an MA in Early Childhood and a BA in Elementary Ed.


Sam Fagundez

Assistant Teacher

Sam is a graduate of Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences where she earned a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources with a minor in Biology and Sustainability.

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