Blue Lotus Nature School
Not all classrooms have four walls.
4350 Estate Dr, Fallbrook CA 92028 | 760-451-6458 | Facility Number: 374845007
Blue Lotus Nature School offers educational
programs in the Bonsall and Fallbrook areas that use the natural outdoor environment as a classroom. Our mission is to nurture children as individuals, while deepening their sense of connectedness to nature and humanity.
Preschool at the Ranch
REOPENING MARCH 2, 2021
Blue Lotus Nature Preschool is a licensed CA daycare offering part-time, two morning and four morning per week programs at our mini ranch in south Fallbrook. We offer an organic, holistic learning environment for children ages 3-5 and use a Reggio Emilia educational approach that includes kindergarten readiness.
Nature School Courses for Homeschoolers
Blue Lotus Nature School is a Certified Vendor with Inspire Charter Schools. We offer seasonal courses at our mini ranch in South Fallbrook. Classes meet weekday afternoons and cover a variety of topics - Art from Nature, Animal Husbandry, Environmental Studies, Gardening, Entrepreneurship, Cooking, Home Economics and Yoga/Meditation Workshops. All sessions include some exercise in nature and time to play with the animals.
BLNS's Forest School classes are a place-based outdoor experience like no other. Classes meet weekly at various natural locations. Lessons for 3-5 year olds follow the Growing Up WILD! early education program that encourages young children to explore wildlife and the world around them. Lessons for K-6 Graders follow the Project WILD curriculum, and focus on conservation education and environmental science.
BLNS offers a variety of events, including pony parties, Mommy & Me's, girl scout and cub scout programs, etc.
About the Staff:
Stacie Stricker - Founder/Owner
Stacie’s passion for early childhood education began in 2011, when her daughter Cameron first entered preschool in Santa Barbara. Cameron attended an outdoor, nature-based program – a pretty radical alternative to traditional preschool at that time, only 9 years ago. Stacie was amazed at how quickly Cameron’s foundational skills grew, and confidence soared. Both mother and child were thrilled with her experience, and Cameron’s newly found love of the outdoors.
Since then, Stacie has volunteered in a number of preschool and elementary school programs around North County San Diego and Temecula, focusing on the importance of incorporating nature-based play in early education curriculum. In Stacie’s mind, making a connection to nature helps us, as human beings, connect with each other. As one who feels the appreciation for nature begins at home, Stacie is an avid recycler, conservationist, gardening enthusiast and all-around animal lover. (Five horses, six chickens, two bunnies, a dog and four cats make for quite a zoo around the house.)
In addition to being an experienced small business owner, Stacie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of CA Santa Barbara, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Founding Blue Lotus Nature School has been a lifelong dream that we're all so thrilled has become a reality.
Lindsey Eidsvold - Lead Teacher
Lindsey has been a passionate educator for more than 20 years. She has taught preschool through 8th grade, has been an early childhood director, owned her own in-home daycare, and has sat on several educational non-profit boards. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis in American Indian History as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State Long Beach. When she decided to fully focus on early childhood education, Lindsey went back to school and received her Site Supervisor Permit at Saddleback College.
Lindsey's love for Reggio and nature based preschools has brought her to where she is today. She loves teaching and believes that preschool is an opportunity for children to learn about themselves through the world around them. Nature is the greatest teacher, and through art, song, dance, and meditative exercise, children get to know their own heart and soul, which allows them to understand those around them.
Lindsey was born in Lake Tahoe and grew up in Ashland, Oregon. She remembers her childhood as being full of wonder and discovery, and believes that every child deserves to feel secure, valued, and special. She lives in Fallbrook with her husband of 16 years and three children ages 9, 11, and 14. She is blessed with 3 horses, 5 dogs, 2 bunnies, a guinea pig, and a pot bellied pig. When not wrangling the crew, she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, and going on adventures.
Annie Chappel - Lead Teacher
Annie's love of school began the moment she started kindergarten. She loved learning and dreamed of being a kindergarten teacher when she grew up. Upon graduating high school, Annie enrolled in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where she studied Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology.
Annie's first teaching job was in Maryland where she taught kindergarten for 5 years. She also spent time in Oklahoma as an Early Literacy Coach, teaching elementary students the fundamentals of reading and writing. After moving back to Pennsylvania, Annie taught preschool for 2 years and was a nanny for 3 years.
Throughout her years of teaching, Annie realized that many early childhood programs were lacking in some important aspects of learning. This drove her to pursue a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Annie is excited to use this knowledge to develop Blue Lotus's curriculum, focusing on nature-based learning.
When Annie is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, and their cat, Chloe. She enjoys the outdoors, animals, reading, music, and playing all types of games.