Worldmind Nature Immersion School

Worldmind is pioneering outdoor-based education across the state and the nation. Last year, we participated in the first Colorado state-approved outdoor preschool and kindergarten pilot program. The pilot program is a revolutionary step toward growing outdoor-based education in Colorado and beyond.

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Worldmind Nature Immersion School​​​​​​​
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6510 W 14th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214
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1103 County Rd 93
Golden, CO 80401

2001 Steele St
Denver , CO 80205
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6510 W 14th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214
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Mission Statement

Worldmind Nature Immersion School inspires children to enjoy and appreciate the natural world through mindful, child-led outdoor experiences without neglecting important academic principles. Students who actively participate in the world outside their window often become more attentive, joyful and less anxious, which opens the mind to clear learning pathways. Our unique educational curriculum promotes important educational principles as well as a compassionate understanding of bio and social diversity that lasts a lifetime.

Organization History

While working on her graduate degree in Ecological Teaching and Learning at Lesley University, Megan Patterson discovered the Forest School model of learning and development. After teaching in public school settings all over the world for several years and conducting extensive research on the Forest School model of education, she knew this was the type of learning environment she wanted for her own son.

As part of her graduate thesis, Megan formed a group of passionate community members who came together to develop Worldmind and bring the Forest School movement to the Greater Denver Area.

Worldmind successfully completed the first outdoor-based preschool and kindergarten pilot program with the State of Colorado from August 2018 - February 2019 and is participating in a second full-day outdoor-based preschool and kindergarten pilot program with the State that started in August 2019.

Worldmind is opening an elementary school in August 2020!


"WNIS is the kind of place you can leave your child knowing that they will be empathized with, understood, and empowered - rare but highly valued qualities."

"While our boys attended Worldmind Nature Immersion School (WNIS), they have shown significant improvement with their emotional intelligence, mental and physical health, and social competence- among other developmental skills emerged through WNIS ECE program. We believe these elements are breakthrough impacts- foundational prerequisites for success in school, the workplace, and developing future environmental stewards in our nature-deficient society. WNIS ECE program shifts core concepts in early childhood development that forces us as parents into rethinking current health and education policies."

"Our family across ages has been deeply impacted by WNIS, but the most interesting has been our youngest. She was only 4 months old when we began, and spent much of her first winter bundled up on my back at school, but once she could be down there was no stopping her. She exhibits a level of independence that her two older sisters took much longer to come to. She walked sooner, talked sooner, and is easily content with nothing but the elements to play with. As a whole. my children have moved away from the need for any toys in general, and prefer their imaginations. I believe we are as a family much healthier as well. In one of the worst winter seasons currently, and my kids barely have a sniffle. Including my baby."

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