Growing Up Green empowers and strengthens healthy and happy families through a variety of educational services. We are Jacole Johnson and Travis Cole, 4th generation Montanans living in Missoula with our 2 young daughters. Our Nature School is located between Orchard Ave and Miller Creek Road (between Briggs St and the Miller Creek roundabout.)Growing Up Green Nature School offers a PreK program for children 4.5 to 6. We’ve embraced the ideas of Forest Kindergartens, Nature-based learning, the Reggio Emilia approach, and Waldkindergartens as a guide in the creation of our environment. Our holistic, child-centered curriculum nurtures the student across all domains of development. Our 5:1 child/teacher ratio allows us to better meet the individual educational and emotional needs of our students. We emphasize purposeful and productive play experiences and focus on strengthening children’s social & emotional intelligence. In addition to the time we spend in nature and exploring the community, we also offer many of the traditional preschool learning opportunities in our indoor classroom and large Salish-made tipi.

In addition to the Nature School, Growing Up Green provides a variety of services to help Montana families enjoy the great outdoors. As Missoula’s only Certified Babywearing Educator, Jacole works closely with parents of young children to teach proper carrying techniques and assists in finding the carrier option that works best for their family. Small group classes and individual consultations are offered.

Growing Up Green is Montana's only Kinderpack retailer! These are high-quality, ergonomic carriers available in a variety of patterns and sizes (Infant through Preschool) and they’re handmade by work-at-home parents right here in the USA! We will deliver for free in Missoula and offer a local discount! Visit to view our current inventory!

Growing Up Green is also home of the Missoula Babywearing Library, a non-profit program offering low cost baby carrier rentals and education. To learn more, join our Facebook group

Another passion of ours is helping individuals take control of their physical and emotional health with a variety of wellness products and solutions. We would love to discuss your goals with you and assist on your path to improved health!

We are active in many community organizations and love attending family-centered events. Look for our booth at events around town and mark your calendars for our annual Halloween Costume Swap!

Our goal is to reconnect families to nature and provide experiences that elevate health, bring families together, promote bonding, and support a sustainable future. We look forward to expanding our services, offerings, and the Growing Up Green Community for years to come.

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