Forest School

Learning is best when it’s relevant for students—when they see its connection to the world around them. And few opportunities offer the level of concrete relevance that a nature-based program does...

…besides dovetailing beautifully with HC’s mission and faith-formative focus—that the Lord cares deeply about the world He made, and we, as His followers, love the things He loves, including His creation.

Research on outdoor education has shown that effective outdoor learning can improve students’ focus, cognitive function, test scores, social skills, wonder and creativity. Our K-3rd grade Forest School classes are offered in partnership with the Outdoor Discovery Center, whose naturalists visit regularly and oversee our certification standards.

Miska Rynsburger
Forest School Principal

HC Forest School


880 Ottawa Ave.
Holland, MI  49423
Mrs. Miska Rynsburger, Principal

Quick Links

View this month’s lunch menu. More information about our Food Services program can be found on the Hot Lunch Page.

Learn more about our school policies, student expectations, extra curriculars, and other general information.

A collection of online resources for student reference as well as information about our physical Media Center Spaces.

A list of all the items by grade level each student should bring to school either on the first day of school or to the ice cream social in August.

Read the monthly school newsletter to learn all you need to know about what’s happening this month. Where to go, when to be there, what to do when you’re there!

A volunteer group of parents that supports Forest School staff, raises money for extra school materials, & welcomes new families into our school family. Join us!

Media about HC Forest School


SCHOOL’S ‘OUT’ – LITERALLY | Holland Christian launches ‘Forest Kindergarten’

View Article at WZZM

It’s a ‘Snow Day’ every day at Forest Kindergarten in the winter

View Article at WZZM


Check out these two episodes from the HC Medium Talk Podcast featuring Forest School kindergarten teacher Ron Harig & our Forest School kids!

Helpful Resources on Outdoor Education

The research on nature based education shows great promise for nature-based education. Outdoor learning allows for social distancing to happen naturally, providing fresh air and ventilation, making outdoor education a huge draw for parents especially now. Here are a few resources linked below describing all these varied benefits of outdoor education:

This program has been so influential in our son’s life and we couldn’t be happier and more excited for this program to continue to grow and evolve.

Stephanie HuizingaForest School Parent

Interested in seeing Forest School for yourself?

Come check out Forest School for yourself, whether in person on our Forest School campus or by Zoom! To schedule a visit at HC Forest School, check on class availability, or ask any questions about enrolling in Forest School, please contact our Admissions Department, at 616.820.2804 or We look forward to meeting you and your child!

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