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Muddy Hands Earth School is an outdoor preschool offering land-based learning in Molalla, Oregon.

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About Our School

Muddy Hands is located on 12 beautiful acres of mixed farm and forest land, along Milk Creek. Our program nurtures the curious and joyous spirit of your little one through collaborative play and guided exploration. Our learning includes a routine practice of animal care-taking, gardening, and forest play. Essential to this practice is our study of plants, wild life, listening, and sharing. Our curriculum is as much land-based as it is playful. This is a part-time enrichment program developed to help your little one cultivate confidence and a deep connection to nature. 

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Offerings

2023-24

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Summer Camp

I am pleased to be offering a day camp August 15-17. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to connect with nature and have some fun this Summer!


We will meet 9am-1pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. The cost of this program is $150 for the week. Ages 3-5. 


There are currently five spaces available in this program. Please contact me for more information :)

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Monday/Wednesday Class 

This class meets Monday + Wednesday from 9 am-1 pm. Ages 3-5. This program runs Sept. 6, 2023 - June 12, 2024. 


There is a $100 registration fee due by August 1st to hold your spot for the year.


Tuition is on a sliding scale of $250-$300 a month, based on what your family is able to sustainably contribute for the duration of the school year. 


Family's are asked to provide their child with appropriate clothing and a nutritious, protein-centered snack each day, so that they may have the energy to feel their best. Come rain or shine ready to play!  


There are currently five spaces available in this class. 

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Tuesday/Thursday Class

This class meets Tuesday + Thursday from 9 am-1 pm.  Ages 3-5. This program runs Sept. 7, 2023 - June 13, 2024. 


There is a $100 registration fee due by August 1st to hold your spot for the year.


Tuition is on a sliding scale of $250-$300 a month, based on what your family is able to sustainably contribute for the duration of the school year. 


Family's are asked to provide their child with appropriate clothing and a nutritious, protein-centered snack each day, so that they may have the energy to feel their best. Come rain or shine ready to play!  


There are currently five spaces available in this class. 

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About me

Hello! My name is Venessa Lopez. Muddy Hands is a passion project of mine, as I seek to create the community-centered care that I believe is vital for our little ones. I aim to nurture the curious and creative spirit of children by providing them with a safe place to commune with nature. I am also a woman passionate about food, gardening, traditional medicine, animals, writing, and sustainable living.

I have lived in the Molalla area for two years now. Previously, I have lived in Portland, Sandy, and I am originally from Eugene, OR. I studied Cultural Anthropology at Lewis & Clark College 2017-2021. I received training as a Labor Doula through Birthingway College of Midwifery 2019 and as a Midwifery Assistant through the Center for Indigenous Midwifery 2022. I taught Art & P.E. at Community Roots Montessori in Silverton, OR 2021-22. Most recently I taught at Country Cottage Preschool in Sandy, OR 2022-23.


I value child-led learning and also know that young children thrive when provided with consistent structure. With small class sizes, I am able to provide both compassionate and reliable care. It is an honor for me to be a part of your child’s story, as I continue on my journey working with families in the Molalla area. 

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