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Please join us for our first ever summer garden party & concert at Juniper Hill School in Alna! World renowned mezzo-soprano, Kate Aldrich, will give an open-air concert at 4:30pm. Meet & greet with Kate and tours of Juniper Hill following the performance. Childcare provided on site.

A special performance for children at 3:30pm will proceed the main concert event.

Cash bar and light snacks will be on site or BYOB and picnic.

Suggested donation $20/family. All proceeds benefit nature-preschool, forest kindergarten, and place-based elementary programs at Juniper Hill School.

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First Annual Juniper Hill School Community Celebration and Fundraiser

The Board, Staff, and Families of the Juniper Hill School of Alna welcome one and all to their First Annual Community Celebration and Fundraiser! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about this innovative, environmentally-attuned, little-school-with-a-big-reputation right here in the heart of mid-coast Maine or if you just want to come and show your support, mark your calendars for June 1, 2022. The celebration will be held at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath from 5 – 7 p.m. Admission is $25.00 per person and $65 per family. Heavy appetizers from Stone Cove Catering will be served with a full cash bar and entertainment for the entire family, complete with Art Fair and Silent Auction. Child care will be provided for the youngest among us. Truly something for everyone!

All proceeds will go toward supporting the mission of Juniper Hill School – and move us toward our dream of bringing the benefits of place-based education to every child in Maine.

FREE Friday Nature Play Group for infants, toddlers, and children ages 0-3

We're excited for the start of our weekly Nature Play Group for infants, toddlers, and children ages 0-3 years. The Nature Play Group will meet Fridays from 9-11am beginning March 1, 2019. Juniper Hill School founder and director, Anne Stires will lead the weekly Friday Nature Play Group that will foster curiosity, play, and learning in a beautiful and enriching outdoor setting. As part of the group your young child will experience the many benefits of spending time in nature including opportunities to foster healthy sensory and motor development.

Questions? Please email us at or call Juniper Hill School at 207-586-5711.


Spring Open House - Saturday, April 6th. 2019 10:00am - Noon

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Autumn Celebration - Saturday, October 13, 2021 11am - 1pm

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Come Watch The Best Day Ever on Friday, August 10th, 2018 10:00am at Rising Tide Community Market, Damariscotta, Maine (upstairs in Community Kitchen space).

Join Juniper Hill School founder and director, Anne Stires, to watch the short film The Best Day Ever, Forest Days in Vermont Kindergartens. A discussion of nature-based kindergarten curriculum will follow the film. Children welcome! Refreshments served.


Winter/Spring Open Houses:
 March 3rd, 2018
 April 7th, 2018

Visitors are welcome to tour the Juniper Hill School and learn more about outdoor-based education programs for children during our Open House events, Saturday, March 3rd & April 7th from 10am-noon. Teachers and families with children currently enrolled in the school will be present to answer questions and share their experiences.

Juniper Hill School’s innovative education programs connect children to themselves, to each other, and to their communities through studying both natural and human environments. The outdoor environment and local community serve as the primary classrooms and are the basis for a curriculum that synthesizes the best of 20th century progressive education with a 21st century, place-based approach to learning. Utilizing this integrated curriculum that provides for immersion in the natural world, and social understanding through community studies, Juniper Hill School strives to nurture happy, healthy, and smart children who are empowered in their own learning and active in helping to make their community—and the world—a better place.

In the upcoming school year, Juniper Hill School will serve children ages 3-10 years of age with PreK – Grade 4 programs. 

  • Nature Preschool (PreK, ages 3-5 years)

  • Forest Kindergarten (Grade K, ages 5-6 years)

  • Place-Based Elementary School (Grades 1-4, ages 6-10 years)


May Festival and Open House: May 5th, 2018

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Visitors are welcome to tour the Juniper Hill School and learn more about outdoor-based education programs for children during our May Festival and Open House, Saturday, May 5th from 11am-1pm at our 180 Golden Ridge Road campus in Alna. Please join us for traditional May Pole dances, music, and crafts for children. We welcome you to bring a lunch and picnic under the apple trees and meet teachers and families with children currently enrolled in the school.


Autumn Festival - October 28th, 2017

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Angela Hanscom Discussion - November 2nd, 2017

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Flatbread Fundraiser - November 14th, 2017