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Welcome to Chesterbrook School of Natural Learning!

We are an Attendance Approved K-3 nonpublic, private school with the NH Department of Education and offer a unique, fully licensed CCLU learning opportunity for Toddler to Preschool ages. For the 2024-2025 school year, a homeschool cooperative will be hosted on the CSNL campus. The Forest Homeschool Cooperative is open to children ages 5-8. The Pioneer Homeschool Cooperative welcomes learners ages 9-12. According to NH Child Care Licensing, our program is “paving the way” for forest schools in NH! Our nature-based program is centered on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community. This is a place where children can spend their days exploring and discovering the world around them with naturally integrated learning opportunities. We strongly believe that exploration and outdoor play is important to a child’s growth, health, and development.

The child’s interests and their natural surroundings guide the curriculum. Our unique “Reggio-inspired, Montessori-motivated, and wishfully-Waldorf” teaching philosophy is built on our core nature-based foundation. We are our own conglomeration and love it that way!


At Chesterbrook School of Natural Learning we base our curriculum off of three core values:

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Our Programs

Nature Preschool

Our CSNL Nature Preschool is a mixed-age program based on love and respect for children as whole beings and the natural world around us. We hope to instill a love of learning through open-ended provocations, teacher-guided explorations, and emergent based curriculum focused on the foundational skills that will support your child in becoming an resourceful, confident, and kind learner. The program consists of three age groups: The Cottontails (2 years), The Chickadees (3 years), and The Coyotes (4 years), and runs from 9:00am – 12:00pm with extended care options until 3:00pm.

Forest Homeschool Cooperative Program (Age 5-8)

The Forest Homeschool Cooperative Program hosted at CSNL is a mixed-age K/1 classroom supporting children ages 5 to 8.  Academics from scientifically proven curriculum will be intertwined with outdoor exploration and discovery to give children a holistic education. You can choose either 3 full days on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8:30-3:00 or 4 full days on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays & Thursdays 8:30-3:00 with a half day Friday 8:30-12:00.

Pioneer Homeschool Cooperative Program (Age 9-12)

Our Pioneer Homeschool Cooperative Program hosted at CSNL is a mixed-age setting supporting children between the ages of  9-12.  Academics will be intertwined with outdoor exploration and personal discovery to give children an enriching experience that compliments their learning at home.  This program will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00-3:00.

Our Forest Leaders

All of our educators at Chesterbrook School of Natural Learning, Nature Preschool to the Homeschool Cooperatives, are highly qualified and enthusiastic life-long learners. The CSNL Team participates in a variety of professional development regularly to ensure we are giving our students the best educational experience possible. Our Forest Leaders are committed to creating an enriching environment where all children feel safe, loved, and happy. Only then can a child truly learn!

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Sarah Surrette

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Kassie Hoidahl

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Ashley Santa Fe

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Kitty Michelotti

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Tina Watson

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Caitlin Clague

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Grace LeBlanc

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