The Cooperative Nature School!

The Trustees and The Sharon Cooperative School Establish

The Cooperative Nature School at The Trustees Moose Hill Farm

  The Trustees and The Sharon Cooperative School welcome you to The Cooperative Nature School, the first of its kind in Sharon, at The Trustees Moose Hill Farm property located at 396 Moose Hill Street.

The Cooperative Nature School at The Trustees Moose Hill Farm is a collaborative effort between both organizations designed to enhance traditional, classroom child-based learning and play activities with outdoor based programming that helps children foster a sense of exploration, creative expression, and discovery.

The Trustees are providing space for the preschool in the original farmhouse located on the property, as well as a dedicated nature-based educator.

“We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with the Sharon Cooperative School to create this new, nature-based preschool at our beautiful Moose Hill Farm property,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President and CEO. “This new school represents our shared beliefs that children thrive academically, mentally, physically, and socially when they spend more time playing, learning, and exploring in the great outdoors.”

“We are excited to partner with The Trustees on this innovative collaboration,” says Abigail Marsters, Executive Director of the Sharon Cooperative School. “Both of our organizations hold a similar passion for and commitment to education and believe in the benefits of child-centered, outdoors-based learning in a nurturing environment are important, if not necessary elements in developing the whole child.”

More than 50% of the preschool day will take place in the outdoors with ongoing opportunities for children to explore the changing landscape and various habitats around the farm, including meadows, wetlands and trails.

Emphasis will be placed on inspiring curious, thoughtful, active learners who develop a love for the outdoors and believe in celebrating and protecting it through diverse hands-on learning activities. Kids will have multiple hands-on, experience-based opportunities to explore, discover, create, play, exercise, and socialize in a safe, nurturing environment.

The curriculum philosophy of the new Cooperative Nature School at The Trustees Moose Hill Farm is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Pre-Kindergarten to 12, incorporating a developmentally-based and child-driven program that is fluid and dynamic, with an emphasis on the critical role of the environment in fostering independence, individuality, and compassion for others and nature.

Registration is now open for the School Year 2019-20, with a capacity of up to 30 children between the ages of 3.9 and 6 years old. All preschool families will receive a one-year Trustees Family Membership as a benefit of enrolling. For more information,  please visit www.sharonnatureschool.org or contact us at sharonnatureschool@gmail.com or 781-806-6156 Ext. 7.

The Cooperative Nature School at The Trustees Moose Hill Farm admits students of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, religion, cultural heritage, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school ­administered programs.