Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park – Beacon Hill

A partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Located on the crest of Beacon Hill, with magnificent views of the Seattle skyline, the Olympic mountains, and Puget Sound, Jefferson Park is rich in opportunities for exploration, learning, and wonder. Daily your little adventurer will go on expeditions to all areas of the park – visiting fields for world class kite flying, climbing trees in a nearby pine grove, and exploring the muddy awesomeness of the local wetlands and rain gardens. With teachers passionate about farming & nutrition, your child will also spend several days per week in the Beacon Food Forest. They will help to garden, harvest herbs for tea, and soak in the vast learning opportunities of this deliciously edible space.

Our majestic classroom is tucked away in a grove of cedar trees. It centers around a magical big leaf maple tree that is perfect for climbing, exploring with magnifying glasses, or inspiring story-writing & dramatic play. The classroom is designed to promote social and emotional development. Children create their own games together, solve real-life problems in collaboration, and develop a real world sensory and emotional vocabulary.

Each day, your child will have self-directed work time that builds on their interests and imagination. They may create dragon’s nests out of mulch pits, read stories with an attentive teacher, or build a car out of sticks to drive to California. Teachers work closely with students, intentionally guiding them to next level in their development as they learn, explore, and grow.

Every day also includes teacher time where your child may go on a scavenger hunt for letters engraved in the park’s sidewalk, or create collages with natural materials. This also includes large group hikes, music, or movement activities, and a class meeting. All of the components of the day are inspired, and respond to, your child’s academic, physical, and emotional needs. For more information check out this Seattle Times interview of Jefferson teachers.

 

2019 – 2020 Class Session Monthly Tuition
Jefferson  – 5 day AM, M-F 8:30-12:30 $890
Jefferson – 2 day PM, T/Th 1:30-4:30 $399

Your child’s outdoor classroom is a 2 minute walk from the parking area and secluded from the main park and other users. A fresh and healthy snack is included in the program & a new nature inspired children’s playground is located near the community center for your use before and after class. The classroom includes a private portable bathroom & hand washing station and easy access to the public picnic shelter in case of inclement weather.

For your convenience as an adult this classroom is a 15 minute walk from the Beacon Hill Light Rail station.

A 5 minute drive from I-5 & I-90, Tiny Trees at Jefferson Park is most accessible for families in the neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, International District, Central District, Columbia City, Mt. Baker, Georgetown, Capitol Hill, First Hill, & Leschi.

Jefferson Park Highlights

  • Beacon Hill Food Forest
  • Gardening
  • Nature inspired play ground
  • Amazing Seattle skyline views
  • Beacon Hill Light Rail
  • Rain gardens
  • Wetlands
  • Big trees
  • Fire trucks (Fire Station in the park)
  • Jefferson Park Community Center
  • Greenhouses
  • Spray/water park
  • Kite flying
  • Airplanes
  • Lawn bowling outfits
  • One amazing natural classroom