Worldmind School

A nonprofit organization


Worldmind is pioneering outdoor-based and place-based education across Denver, the state of Colorado, and the nation. From completing the first-ever outdoor preschool pilot program with the State of CO in 2018 to now serving children preschool-9th grade, we're growing to support more neurodiverse, twice-exceptional and gifted children.

We are currently raising $15,000 to allocate toward travel for our students -- both locally in Colorado and abroad on cultural exchange trips. These travel opportunities allow our students to:

  • interact with and learn from different communities and cultures
  • engage in place-based education and real world learning, and
  • foster both personal growth and a global perspective.

Looking ahead to April 2024, our students are planning a life-changing school trip to Belize!

Please watch this video to learn more about Worldmind and the positive impact that the school has made on students and parents alike.


"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."


Worldmind creates inclusive spaces for neurodiverse individuals and their families. We build communities where members feel safe, respected, and valued, and ignite in them a greater love and appreciation for themselves and others.

We reunite neurodiverse individuals with the world by creating nature-inspired, placed-based experiences that spark engagement, development, awareness, and connection. We intentionally link individuals' understanding of bio and social diversity so that they evolve into compassionate, self-actualized members of our local and global societies.

Background Statement

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 outdoor-based education movement to the Greater Denver Area.

Quick facts on the history and expansion of Worldmind:

- 2018: Completed the first-ever outdoor-based preschool pilot program with the State of Colorado

- 2019: Began a second full-day outdoor-based preschool & kindergarten pilot program with the State

- 2020: Launched a first-of-its-kind outdoor-based elementary school for students kindergarten through 5th grade

- 2021: Became the first fully licensed outdoor-based preschool & kindergarten program in CO, added 6th grade to Worldmind Preparatory School (grades 1-6). Moved into the historic Milheim House to support school expansion.

- 2022: Added 7th and 8th grades to form a middle school, now supporting students preschool through 8th grade.

- 2023: Added 9th grade to Worldmind Middle School. Working on a high school hybrid model to launch in 2024.

Adding a middle school and high school hybrid model at Worldmind allows students who are currently enrolled to continue learning with the school for years to come.

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Organization Data


Organization name

Worldmind School

other names

Worldmind, Worldmind Nature Immersion SchoolWNIS

Year Established


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Organization Size

Large Organization


1515 Race Street
Denver, CO 80206

Service areas

Denver County, CO, US



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