Forest Friends Team


Laura Johnson

Program director and lead teacher

Hi! I'm Laura, the woman behind the curtain of Forest Friends. I'm passionate about helping people grow. It drives me to teach, to create, to write, and to bring Nature Preschool to the Coeur d'Alene area.

I have an M.S. in Forestry as well as a certificate in the Montessori Method, and while my previous career was spent in higher education, I've at the same time taught in outdoor environments to kids and adults alike from the time I was 16.  It is my life-long passion.

I am also a lifelong studier of nature.  I love to see things go by in a blur on my mountain bike or up close and personal hanging from a climbing rope. I also enjoy the slower process of digging in and learning more about North Idaho plants and animals - taking notes and painting watercolor sketches.


I hope you'll join me as we start building a community for Nature Preschool in Coeur d'Alene, and I hope you'll reach out and connect!


Are you more than interested in Nature Preschool - you're excited, passionate, and want to help us make this movement grow and sustain? Please contact us and let's meet! 

We need volunteers in areas such as :

- Social media 

- Teacher substitutes

- Play group hosts


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