Established in 2008, Golestan has been pushing the envelope on hands-on learning and incorporating natural playscapes in children’s learning environments through partnerships worldwide. Today, we are expanding our model program into a full time PreK-5th grade elementary school.
As we expand our commitment to global citizenship, we are building a new campus to support multicultural, nature-based, interactive learning. This idyllic school will continue to serve as a model for educators worldwide. We are investing in the future of our students with an entirely new campus that is fully immersive in nature, kindness, innovation, and inquiry.
We need to raise $2 million to adapt the old St. Jerome School to make it habitable and beautiful again.
Thank you for joining us in building the next generation of learning spaces for the next generation of children!
Multiple Language Immersion Tracks
Maker’s Lab + Wood Shop
Science + Innovator's Lab
Track + Elaborate Obstacle Courses
Organic + Local + Seasonal Food
Farm with Fruit + Vegetables + Animals
Fully Equipped Cooking Lab/Classroom
Natural Creek + Watersheds
Indoor/Outdoor Art Studio with Bay Views
Music Studio + Performance Theater
And much much more!
Click on the highlighted sections to learn more about the different areas.
• Mature Olive Tree
• Wood or Wire Sculpture
• Climbing stumps
• 5-foot tall vertical climbing logs
• Two rows of trees
• Emergency access
• ADA Ramp
• Running water fountain
• Hand pump releases water into natural materials creek – soil, stones, and plants that are watered by the play activities
• Creek also receives runoff from the basketball court to slow and clean the water
• Water from play is recycled into the farm for irrigation
• 2 bins near water play to store waterproof pants, boots, water equipment
• Fence is composed of moveable bins
• Hay Bales & Cobb Domes
• Raised veggie beds and olive tree(s)
• Weaving and Music walls
• Outdoor classroom with hammocks
• Reading nest adjacent
Tables on wheels
Each lower grade class (PreK to Grade 1) will have it’s own private indoor/outdoor classroom with retractable walls for seamless access and flow
• Junior Basketball Hoop
• Wall Ball
• Four Square
• Mural wall along building
• Rope bridge, vertical buried logs
• Climbing stumps and logs buried into mound
Benches for spectators
• Rope tunnels
• Stumps, rocks, balance beams and other obstacles
In the water play area, runoff from the asphalt court and part of the roof will travel into the water play creek. The swale mimics a natural creek and is made of soil, sand, stone, plants, and logs. Students will have a chance to learn about how the soil and plants, and the living biota in the soil, clean and remove pollution from runoff. They will also be able to participate and manipulate the physical processes of erosion, hydrology and gravity by pumping water and moving the soil and stone. Water, a precious resource, will flow through the creek to feed riparian trees and plantings along the edges.
• Wood, rocks & ropes for climbing
• Rain barrels & gardens, water sculptures
Chicken & Sheep
Pizza oven & outdoor kitchen
Table for meals and projects
Science Lab Supplies
Cooking & Garden Supplies
Teaching Kitchen Equipment
When you donate $10k-50k, you will have a tile in the entrance path or around the central olive tree dedicated to you or your person/place of choice.
When you donate $50k-200k a tree will be planted in honor of you or a person/place of your choice with a dedicated plaque.
When you donate $200k-600k, you will have a classroom dedicated to you or your person/place of choice with a dedicated plaque.
When you donate $600k to $1 million+ you will have a significant section of our school dedicated to you or your person/place of choice.
Examples include a fruit orchard on our farm, our Innovation Lab, or the Gathering Pavilion.
Please email email@example.com to discuss naming opportunities at this level.
Golestan Education is a 501[c] non-profit organization, tax ID 36-4635379.