Tara Redwood School During the Pandemic

Dear Friends,

Tara Redwood School has opened its doors for Fall and Spring this September. We have created a safe

Forest school, great school durning pandemic, great school santa cruz. space that complies with  safety regulations for students at all class levels up to first grade.

 We follow the guidance of the Santa Cruz County Department of Public Health who take their guidance from California Department of Public Health. We also follow the weekly updates from Faris Sabbah, the Superintendent of Schools.

We are grateful to be able to offer a wonderful forest school environment. Each class has an indoor and outdoor classroom space. Our classes are 75% outdoors with heaters and when indoors, our classrooms are well ventilated, with high quality air purifiers and upgraded HVAC filters. Learn more about Tara Redwood's COVID-19 Protocols April 2021.


Our School Mission

Tara Redwood School uses a global curriculum with its original framework known as the 7 Steps to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion developed over a period of  30 years.

The school’s program is a blend of Montessori and Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC) methodologies. We engage children to develop strong academic foundations, rich in the sciences and emotional intelligence. We also value the importance of the performance and creative arts as an integral part of a child’s early development.  The CCC pedagogy provides an education for the heart and mind with unique social emotional components that nurture children’s innate positive qualities while empowering them to make a positive impact on the world through their thoughts and actions.

Our educators strive to offer a stimulating learning experience through daily outdoor immersion in our Redwood Campus which is situated on 108 acres of redwood forest in Soquel.


Learn about our project goals and annual fundraiser.

Building From The Foundation Up!

A letter from the Founder and Director, Pam Cayton.

Tara Redwood School is not only special for the extraordinary natural environment, but also for our unique education…an integrated curriculum of Montessori and our international program, Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC). CCC is a whole child program developed at the school since its inception, more than 30 years ago. It draws from latest scientific research and ancient wisdom traditions such as mindfulness. We are a Universal Education partner program, and interns from around the world visit and learn from our model.

This year has made it clear that the time has come to accommodate more preschool and elementary children on the 108 acres of redwood forests and sunny meadows bordering Nisene Marks State Park in Santa Cruz.

We appeal to you to become part of this vision and offer any amount you can to expand our classrooms and help us make this dream come true, for the benefit of many more children now and in the years to come.

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We still have a few spots available.

Tara Redwood School offers a unique curriculum amidst 108 acres of playground forest and creeks .

Mostly outdoors with small size class groups.

Youth Programs begin as early as 24 months!

Early care and after school care available upon request.


Call Today!


**We follow updated guidelines from Santa Cruz County Public Health Department and from the Superintendent of Schools in order to best protect staff, students and families.

We are still accepting donations to fund the costs of permits for campus development .

We have already raised over $172,000 thanks to our generous supporters and alumni.

Donate today and help us reach our goal

Our Campus

Nestled in 108 acres of sunny, serene redwood forest adjacent to Nisene Marks State Park, Tara Redwood School is a forest school that provides an unparalleled learning environment of peace and beauty. We offer a toddler program (24 mo. & up), preschool, and kindergarten to 2nd grade. We have recently created more classroom space for our waitlisted families at our new Preschool Campus in the Soquel Village located at the historic Soquel Congregational Church. Note that this is just a temporary location until all licensing is caught  up  so we can move into the classroom spaces at the Redwood Campus. All grades receive daily exposure to the campus’ redwood forest.
Furthermore, Tara Redwood School plans to accommodate 3rd – 6th grades  by next year.

Ages 2 - 3

Part time/Full Time

8:30–2:30pm – 8:30–5:00pm


Ages 3 - 5

Part time/Full Time

8:45am–2:45pm – 8:45am–5:00pm


TK - 6th Grade

    Tk-K grades  |   1st.-6th grades

9:00am–3:00pm  | 8:30am–2:45pm


Upcoming Events

  1. BUILDING FROM THE GROUND UP! Annual Giving Fundraiser.

    December 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 1, 2021 @ 12:00 am
  2. CCC Parent Workshop Class Series (zoom)

    September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  3. CCC Parent Workshop Class Series (zoom)

    September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Alumni Testimonials


"Some of my earliest and most cherished memories come from my years spent at Tara Redwood. The foundation that I received there was unlike any that I could possibly imagine. At Tara, I was able to flourish, and enhance my capacity and interest for knowledge,spiritual and mental well-being, and ambition. From the environment, to the teachers, to my fellow students I was able to find a home at Tara Redwood a place to grow and learn about life. Most importantly, Tara Redwood has taught me about compassion a characteristic that has been so important to me, and helped me with human connections throughout my life. "

Alex Ivany

Documentary Film Editor for 13th & Skin in the Game.

October 6, 2018

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