Preschool students at Thrive Forest School in Goshen, Kentucky are getting back to basics, out of a stuffy building and learning hands-on through nature.
Class is held outside every day, no matter the weather.
“As soon as you put kids within four walls they start bouncing off of them, so we take the walls away,” director Ryan Devlin says.
Thrive is located at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, where students have access to 170 acres of nature to explore. Devlin says the always changing, often unpredictable weather conditions allow students to constantly discover new things.
“Things have really sped up, I think, for children and they’ve become so structured going from one practice to one rehearsal and that kind of thing,” Devlin says. “For three hours out here we’re trading screen time for green time and we’re giving kids an opportunity to just get muddy and have fun, and they leave school every day with these huge smiles on their faces.”
Before he became the school’s director, Devlin was living in Hollywood. He’s had acting roles on Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters and Veronica Mars.