Welcome to

Ketcha’s Farm and Forest Preschool!

Rooted in Montessori traditions we are a truly unique outdoor program for preschoolers. We encourage active minds, muddy hands, and happy hearts!

Ketcha is tucked between the seashore and the salt marshes on 107 acres of forest, fields, farm, and pond. September through May our students are active in the outdoors learning through exploration and observations, hiking the woods, gardening, visiting and helping to tend our bunnies, goats, horses, ducks and chickens. We have lessons on bugs and birds, farming and forests, seasons, animals of Maine and the world – and lots and lots of outdoor play time.

Our Montessori fundamentals include learning letters and numbers, sensory exploration, and achieving real life skills. Montessori philosophy and methods are ideal for quality outdoor learning with long blocks of supported choice time to immerse in creative play and flexibility to follow the child’s individual interests and excitement. Marie Montessori was a pioneering advocate for children, she implored educators to teach young children real things, to “follow the child”, and to take them outdoors. A century of practice and research has borne out her wisdom, and now more than ever we need to go outdoors to play!

Come out for a visit!


Kate Connolly, MSW
Education Director
(207) 883-8977 x 107



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