Early Learning with Saplings

Let us know if you are interested in an early learning location in Smithfield!

Saplings Outdoor Preschool

Cache Valley Forest School is partnering with Saplings! Saplings is an all-outdoors preschool, supporting children’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth. By nurturing children in an outdoor environment, their natural curiosity, resilience, creativity, empathy, wonder, and connection can sprout and grow. Through active play, children learn to experience the world and develop the skills to thrive in it. 

If you are interested in a class on Mondays & Wednesdays in Smithfield please fill out this form.  


Saplings takes place in an all-outdoors classroom and is considering opening a location in Smithfield.

Days & Time

Students would meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 - 3:30 PM at designated locations.


Tuition for a 10 week session is $350.  There is a one-time $50 registration fee.

Outdoor Curriculum

During colder seasons,  class begins with open play to warm up our bodies and invite organic socialization. During the warmer months, class will often begin with a small motor craft. Throughout the day, activities are introduced as opportunities for engagement, including short lessons centered around natural science concepts, and incorporating mathematics and language through stories and songs. The lesson launches students' exploration in nature. Around mid-morning we gather to share discoveries and enjoy a whole-food snack (usually a new vegetable or fruit). After the snack, we often have fine-motor art activity and open play time. We usually conclude with a group movement activity, such as songs with actions or yoga.

Nature is our classroom.

Fall Session

September 10 - November 21

Monday & Wednesday Afternoons

Smithfield Location

Winter Session


Monday & Wednesday afternoons

Smithfield Locations

Spring Session


Monday & Wednesday Afternoons

Smithfield Location

Saplings is owned and operated by Rachel Cox and is in partnership with Cache Valley Forest School.  Saplings sets it's own tuition rates, calendar, and family guidelines. Please refer to their website for registration and more information. Cache Valley Forest School offers an early learning program in Avon, which you can learn more about here.

Saplings Director & Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Rachel Cox. I love rainy days, trying new foods, and picking up rocks. I'm a mother, professional educator, and avid adventurer. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University, and a Master of Education in Advanced Teaching from University of the People. With over six years of teaching experience in public and charter schools and experience teaching outdoors, I have worked extensively with children of all ages. I'm trained in CPR and first aid. I am also a certified yoga teacher. 

It's been my dream to lead a school that embraces a wholesome education, and which sees students as individuals that can't be standardized. In addition to academic studies, I want my students to value themselves, to love learning, and to have the social and emotional skills to thrive in any environment. The desire to spend more time with my own preschool-aged daughter was the push I needed to dive into this dream in 2021. Teaching and learning with Cedar Saplings has been a joy. 

To learn more about Saplings and to register for their preschool please visit their website.