Evie and Lindsay met when their kids were playing at the park and were interested in the squirrels and acorns. They arranged a hiking playdate for later that week, and through their conversation, learned they both had a passion for education (both were former teachers) and nature! Together, they hatched the plan for LEAP Outside and have been delighted to see their program grow and exceed their dreams.
Currently LEAP Outside holds classes at in Louisville at Blackacre Conservancy and E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park and in Crestwood at Maples Park. They also host pop-up classes around Kentucky and Southern Indiana area. Playgroup outings are posted on the Facebook group and are generally held in the Louisville area.
L E A P
Learning: In our classes, learning includes cognitive and processing skills combined with social, emotional, and physical development.
Enriched: The learning in our classroom is enriched by use of descriptive language, real-world connections, empathy, teamwork, strength, coordination, and balance.
Adventurous: Our classes will allow for risk-assessing, risk-taking, tree-climbing, dirt-digging, rock-climbing, trail-hiking, water-splashing, and bug-catching.
Play: We encourage all types of play, including imaginative, creative, child-led, exploratory, sensory, rough, dramatic, social, and free.
PHILOSOPHY & MISSION
The Forest School philosophy of child-led, nature-based exploratory play has been in practice in Europe for over 150 years, and has since spread around the world. Studies show that experiential play outdoors enhances children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development, and nurturing a bond with nature leads into a desire to care for the environment as the child grows. Research confirms that learning, in its most basic and most advanced states, is enhanced by adventurous play, where risks are assessed, confidence is born, strength is built, and empathy is developed. We invite your family to join ours, and LEAP outside!
LEAP Outside’s mission is to foster a relationship between children, families, and nature; nurture children’s physical, social, and cognitive development through outdoor play in nature and nature-based activities; and build and support an inclusive and sustainable community.