Hello! I am Amber Marsolek, the owner and educational guide at Duluth Forest Kinderhaus. First, I am a wife and mother. By day, my husband Seth manages a civil survey and engineering firm. He then spends his evenings coaching baseball and hockey and being involved in any other activity our boys take part in. We live in Duluth with our three wonderfully active boys (Owen, 11; Alden, 9; Remington, 4). Life is busy and happy and we wouldn't have it any other way! I graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2005 with a concentration in Sociology/Elementary Education. Shortly thereafter, I accepted a paralegal position and, 8 years later, knew I needed to get back into education. I attended St. Scholastica and attained my Graduate Teaching License in 2013 and finally my Master of Science in Teaching in 2014. I taught kindergarten for two years and was blessed to have the opportunity to teach kindergarten outdoors at a local school. Through that opportunity, I became completely engulfed by using nature as a teacher and was inspired to learn more about nature play. I delved into learning more about forest schools and outdoor education, as it became my passion and is truly best practice. Per my Masters research, I recognized the need for this type of program at the primary level, as Duluth has a handful of thriving nature preschool programs. It is through this process, the vision of Kinderhaus became a reality.
During the 2016-17 school year, I facilitated the opening and teaching of Wandering Roots Nature School in Proctor, MN. Taking the opportunity to teach at the preschool level allowed me to deepen my knowledge and insight into the development leading up to the kindergarten year.
After a summer of serious construction and program development, Kinderhaus entered into its inaugural year in 2017. To be a business owner and an educator is entirely more fulfilling than I could have ever imagined. These little people teach me everyday about the wonder and magic that is childhood and how fascinating the natural world is when we let it lead our way. I have also have the unique and wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Duluth Nature Play Collaborative for the last three years. This group consists of area nature preschool teachers and involved community members that seek to educate, inspire, connect, and advocate for nature play for young children in Duluth, MN. You can find the Collaborative on Facebook.