FIVE MILE LAKE PARK

Five Mile Lake Park

A partnership with King County Parks

We are currently enrolling students for the 2020-21 school year at our Five Mile Lake Park program! Please click here to sign up on our program waitlist, and we will be in touch with enrollment information.

Our Five Mile Lake location has an experienced teaching team and a creative outdoor classroom space in a park that includes a lake, towering trees and acres of meadows. This location also includes easy beach access, great indoor space (with a kitchen and bathrooms) and a large, nearby playground that provides a great place to play or visit with other students and families before or after class!

Several principles that guide our work include building a sense of curiosity and wonder, cultivating civic engagement and stewardship, and using natural materials. We are immersed in the changes from season to season. In the fall, students count colorful tree leaves and build piles and forts to play in. In the winter, students stay warm through active games and adventures exploring the incredible park features. During the spring, students build sand castles on the beach and learn about the blooming plants in their classroom and during hikes. 

At Tiny Trees, we use a Place-Based Learning (PBL) approach to developing curriculum. Through observation and activities, students develop a knowledge and appreciation of the plants and animals in our shared spaces. Our teachers work to scaffold students’ understanding of stewardship, connection to place and human impact on nature. Our teachers live nearby and appreciate ways to develop opportunities for students to learn about our surrounding neighborhoods and communities, and to build community connections and partnerships.

Our outdoor classroom provides numerous learning opportunities and ample materials to inspire imagination and curiosity. Our students learn about healthy risk-taking and play, how to harvest herbs and make tea, and visit special park features like the forested knoll area, and the beach and fishing dock. Students conduct their own experiments, hear and share stories, play with quantities and numbers, and engage with symbols, letters and ideas. Using the evidence-based HighScope curriculum as our framework, our teachers construct their daily plans by focusing on activities that strengthen students’ skills and lessons that align with students’ interests. To learn more about our programming, curriculum and tools that support our work, please visit our Curriculum Page.

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A short drive from I-5 and, WA-167, and WA-18, Tiny Trees at Five Mile Lake Park is most accessible for families in Auburn, Federal Way, Puyallup, Fife, and East Tacoma.

This Tiny Trees Preschool is a partnership with King County Parks.

A big thank you to all of the King County staff & community allies who have made this school possible.

We are currently enrolling students for our 2020-21 school year at our Five Mile Lake Park program! Please make sure to sign up on our program waitlist, and we will be in touch soon with enrollment information!