The Child's Element provides daily trips in the beautiful foothills of the Wasatch mountains,
located in Salt Lake City & Bountiful, Utah.
Mindful Forest School will guide your child in developing mindfulness, and emotional intelligence while exploring their own brilliant mind. From creative expression and meditation, to building, hiking mountains, and playing in the dirt, this program is where your child’s imagination will come alive, while continuing to gain the skills essential for life.
The Child's Element allows every child to make mistakes, to learn the process of repair, and to try again. This skill set of processing will then be extended to every aspect of a child's life (i.e. family balance, peer relationships, problem solving, academic confidence, and through their own development of self).
Without the use of most modern technology and toys, your child will have the chance to get creative, and to brainstorm with a team of peers to explore their ideas and creativity, with teacher support. Through this supported structured and unstructured time, your child will build confidence and independence.
Experiencing our Earth's elements hands on, your child will learn with the seasons. We share in the joy that can be found every moment of every year.
Mindful Forest School provides an environment where children can explore the brilliance of their own mind, by stepping away from electronics and modern toys. They are able to experience the natural state of being a child, through creativity, movement, meditation, and engaging with the natural world. A strong connection is made with the Earth, and this connection supports a child’s deeper sense of self, promotes mindfulness, emotional awareness and regulation, and creates a balance within your child’s life.
Sara Wild, Creator & Director
Sara grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she was primarily homeschooled. Her love for the outdoors was established as a child as she explored the vast greenbelt behind her home. Her natural gift with children was seen at an early age and has now provided child care for hundreds of children throughout her life.
Sara's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Child Development, from the University of Utah fueled her passion for guiding the young developing minds of this world.
In Sara's twenties she led groups of 2-6 year olds in a Therapeutic Preschool. This adds a unique perspective in the training she has created for staff at Mindful Forest School. Sara strives to provide children with the most needed foundational support in their earliest years. She is dedicated to the work of connecting children with themselves, nature, and their peers.
Chloee, Teacher (Salt Lake Location)
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chloee moved out west to pursue her dream of studying Environmental Sustainability at the University of Utah. In her time there she completed an internship in India at Dr. Vandana Shiva’s Navdanya Biodiversity Farm, worked with Bud Bailey immigration & youth services, and added a second major in Sociology to focus on the intersection between climate change and gender. During her final semester, she took a capstone course ‘Teaching Sustainability’ that sparked her interest in cultivating spaces for child exploration outdoors. Whether in time with her partner’s 21 nieces and nephews or nannying for multiple years, Chloee finds joy in working with children especially when focused on nature and inclusivity. She looks forward to blending her values in her work with The Child’s Element, as a Teacher at Mindful Forest School.
Jazmin, Teacher (Salt Lake Location)
Jazmin grew up in a Cuban and Guatemalan household in Miami with her 8 sisters and 1 brother. In such a loud and busy environment, the outdoors brought a lot of much needed extra space for her and her siblings to run around. Her favorite activities at the time were climbing trees, playing volleyball or soccer, and swimming in the ocean (usually pretending to be a mermaid). When she moved to Utah to attend university, she grew a love and appreciation for hiking, camping, and the changing seasons as well.
Jazmin received her B.S. in Family Studies at Brigham Young University, where she learned the importance of play and other therapeutic approaches for the development of children. She has experience applying her knowledge in several recreational settings, in nannying, and most recently, as a teacher's aide at a preschool for children on the autism spectrum.
Jazmin strongly believes that play is the language of children, and no place facilitates this better than in nature where our imagination can run wild!
Roo (they/them), Teacher (Salt Lake Location)
Roo grew up picking up bugs and wandering the hills of southern California in a town that was committed to its designation of one-third of the land as "open space." Since moving to Utah, they have fallen in love with the mountains and forests, and countdown the days until ski season starts each year. Roo loves collecting brightly-patterned overalls, buying more succulents than they can successfully take care of, and learning the names of new mushrooms, trees, and local plants.
Roo's career in education has focused on teaching ESL students, students with autism and other developmental disabilities, and alternative methods of education. Some of their favorite experiences teaching include working with third graders with autism at Spectrum Academy in North Salt Lake and teaching preschool and kindergarteners English as a foreign language in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Roo is passionate about making science and nature accessible to learners of all ages and backgrounds.
Caitie, Teacher (Salt Lake Location)
Caitie was born in Utah, and was raised in the Bay Area of San Fransisco. In High School, Caitie moved back to Utah and never wants to leave. Caitie loves gardening, and strives to be in the mountains as often as possible. Caitie has a high appreciation for what Utah has to offer in regards to the great outdoors. She loves the easy accessibility to hiking trails, and camping.
Caitie is a mother of three, and has over 15 years experience working with children in and out of the home. When her first child was born, she created a daycare in her own home to offer a creative and welcoming space for other children in the area.
Caitie is passionate about children's development, especially in regards to outdoor experiences, and encouraging foundational skills that promote positive mental health.
Saidhnhin, Teacher (Salt Lake Location)
After being born in Georgia, Saidhbhin has lived all over the United States. Her passion for the outdoors started early on, as she was able to travel all over the world with her parents growing up.
Saidhbhin loves spending time skiing, hiking, camping, and traveling with her daughter. Saidhbhin is currently in school studying nursing and her end goal is to be a nurse for adolescents struggling with mental health. Saidhbhin has a big heart for kids and loves supporting children in discovering new things! Saidhbhin is dedicated to nurturing the child's hearts and minds, cultivating good memories with children outdoors, and seeing children smile.
Grace, Teacher (Bountiful Location)
Grace was born and raised in Utah, and has a strong passion for the outdoors. Grace's love for connecting with nature is strengthened through her various outdoor hobbies, such as: Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, and Backpacking.
Grace has provided routine child care to numerous families, equipping her with years of experience in the supervision of children of various ages, indoors and outdoors both.
Grace is inspirited by the ways in which connecting with nature is healing, and strives to share her positivity with those around her, no matter where she goes!