Our Philosophy

Star Child Nature School is founded on the philosophy that children need the freedom of movement, exploration, discovery and play to grow and develop their physical body in order to build a strong foundation for emotional and cognitive learning to come.  
Allowing young children to learn in a predominantly outdoor environment fosters curiosity, compassion, creativity, confidence and a connection to the natural world.  
Experiences are multi-sensory, real, open ended and without judgment.  

Our main goal at Star Child is to Embrace Childhood; those fleeting years filled with discovery and wonder, magic and the feeling that all is good in the world. Whether chasing toads, climbing trees, splashing in mud puddles or pretending to be a pony galloping in the open field, young children need time to play and imagine and most importantly to simply be children.  
Our hope... is that all of our students know how much they are valued and respected.  Our want...are days filled with laughter, joy and a sense of well being.  Our wish... is that each child leaves empowered knowing they are strong and capable human beings ready for the next stages of childhood, able to find solace in nature if necessary and filled with enough love to change the world.

Star Child Nature School is registered Youth Camp with the NJ Department of Health and is fully insured.

"Now I see the secret of making the best persons,
it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth"

~Walt Whitman