With our unique location, come unique play opportunities. Next to our classroom is small, lush evergreen forest, dubbed “the magical forest” by our first cohort of children. Ditches trickling with water and ponds that fill in the spring bring bugs, frogs, snakes, fish, birds and other wildlife encounters. In the winter, picnic tables that normally populate grassy nooks around the Abbey, line up and pile high with snow behind our classroom- making natural ice forts and igloos, or ships to be sailed across open seas. Plowed snow and perfectly sloped driveways, make for ample sledding opportunities. Children watch vegetables gardens turn green in the spring and harvest treats from grape vines and bountiful orchards during harvest season. The Mountain Room, a large open space, hosts our bi-weekly music classes, taught by Jen Harty.