Evergreen, CO is a warm and welcoming community in the foothills about 20 miles west of Denver. Centered on a quaint and historic downtown area, which runs along Bear Creek, the town has expanded to offer most modern amenities while maintaining mostly small local businesses. All the businesses and activities of the big city are just a half hour drive "down the hill." The jewel of Evergreen is Evergreen Lake, which provides winter skating and ice fishing, summer boating and concerts, all-year beauty on its walking trail, and many opportunities for wildlife viewing.
EDSE is located on the campus of the Church of the Transfiguration, on the east end of downtown, right next to Bear Creek. We are on 11 pristine acres of land, enabling us to take advantage of our beautiful mountain surroundings. Our classrooms are warm, colorful, and cheerful with a variety of age-appropriate toys and learning materials. We maintain strict ratios for each age group and follow comprehensive safety standards. Our small class sizes allow us to work individually with each student and challenge or remediate as needed, as well as to work on the life skills for which parents often do not have enough time. We have two age-appropriate playgrounds, and our campus allows us to experience nature walks, the Labyrinth, and our community.
Classrooms are housed in both the St. Mark’s and the sanctuary building, with picnic tables, a grassy hill, and winding walkways in between.
Most of the buildings are listed on the Historic Register and have been a part of Evergreen history since about 1875. They have served as a stagecoach stop, the first Evergreen library, and a millworkers' bunkhouse, before becoming the Church of the Transfiguration and EDSE.
The larger playground serves the older students and provides plenty of room for running, digging, climbing, and imaginative play.
Our toddler playground features age-appropriate toys, slides, and climbing equipment.
We often have unexpected local visitors....
The lower field and its Labyrinth provide space for outdoor games, activities and nature walks.
Our Active Solar Greenhouse is a year-round learning tool for children of all ages. It provides the opportunity to learn about growing flowers and food, insect lore, and simple solar energy solutions. Furthermore, it encourages young minds to explore and appreciate the simplicity and beauty of “Going Green.”
JP Total's pumpkin patch, Christmas tree lot, and farmer's markets provide opportunities for field trips and learning about holidays and sustainability. We have worked in tandem with Evergreen Christian Outreach to run food drives. And along with those wonderful neighbors, Highland Haven Creekside Inn participates in our school-wide Halloween trick-or-treating expedition.
Being close to downtown Evergreen also allows walking field trips to local businesses. We feel very lucky to live and work in such a close-knit, supportive, and beautiful community.