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Ashland, OR

At Nature Kids Academy we believe children learn through play and daily outdoor experience.

Our children are precious, and in a world continuing to go down a path of learning with 2D screens, we believe we need to reverse that trend. Studies have shown the benefit of nature in our lives. Our children need to be at peace with themselves and the world around them so they can be ready for the challenges they will face as adults. At Nature Kids Academy we put that into practice with our youngest learners, building a foundation that will benefit them throughout their lives.

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Learning Through Play

Our youngest learners are social creatures. The world today is much more difficult to navigate socially for our children. At Nature Kids Academy we strive to teach our students the social skills they will need to succeed. This is one of the many benefits of learning through play.

Our Sister School

Little Friends Preschool – the premier preschool in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle.  Our schools will be planning curriculum together and share a similar philosophy of learning through play.


Eric Peterson

Owner/Director – Eric has close to 30 years of teaching experience. He started teaching at Little Friends Preschool when he was 17 years old and continued through graduate school where he received his Master’s degree specializing in kindergarten readiness in preschool-age children. He has 3 children of his own ranging from 10-22.

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Learning Through Art

Children are natural artists, and at Nature Kids Academy we make sure your little learner has time to create and grow as an artist! A local artist has committed to helping our students explore their artistic side once a week!

We Believe

That play is the work of the young child

In providing a fun, safe, and exciting environment

In creating a developmentally appropriate curriculum

In children developing at their own pace

In mutual respect and fostering healthy relationships between teachers, children, and parents


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Learning By Interacting With Nature

Children are naturally curious and soak up knowledge, especially when they are in the right environment. We believe in the incredible healing ability that nature has. Being outside to learn and play is where we are all supposed to be. At Nature Kids Academy our students will experience their natural habitat on a daily basis!

“I often headed straight to Eric’s classroom when I was feeling stressed myself because I knew I would find a centered, inspiring, loving environment”

Marysue Lindsay, Principal

Let’s learn together.

What do you do at R.V.E.S.?

OUR GOAL AT R.V.E.S. is to provide a positive educational experience for all ages, whether preschool-age learners in the Nature Kids Academy or elementary-age students in our after-school program. We facilitate independent learning, keep students on track with the educational standards, foster positive and respectful relationships, nurture a love of learning in all students and inspire a love for the outdoors through exploration and volunteerism.

Who would be teaching my child?

WHO IS THIS ERIC GUY? Eric Peterson (fondly known as Mr. P. to his students) is the founder and facilitator of R.V.E.S./Nature Kids Academy and a licensed teacher in Oregon as well as California. He has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education (specializing in Kindergarten readiness in preschool-age children) and has experience teaching and tutoring from pre-k to high school. Mr. P. has tutored and taught all around the world (he spent 4 years living and teaching in the Middle East) and has a variety of experience teaching multiple age groups.

Where are you located in Oregon?

Rogue Valley Educational Services is based in beautiful Ashland, OR. We do a lot of exploring in the area on local trails and in parks which are a short walk from our location


Eric Peterson is a teacher and a believer that the education system is/will be changing dramatically. Let’s unplug and get back to Nature!

Get in Touch

EMAIL: Eric@RogueValleyEducationalServices.com
(541) 625 9553 (mobile) or (541) 708 6961 (office)

Mailing Address: 1467 Siskiyou Blvd. #92 Ashland, OR 97520

Opening Hours

8:30 am – 3:00 pm
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
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8:30 am – 3:00 pm