The founder of the Waldkindergarten in Flensburg, which has been in existence since 1993, is still very passionate about it:
"For 25 years I have been living about 20 km from Flensburg in a beautiful little house with a large garden in the countryside by the Baltic Sea. In my free time I enjoy being on the water with my surfboard and playing handball in a senior ladies' team.
My foreign contacts, which I like to use worldwide by spreading the forest kindergarten concept, bring me a lot of joy. It is nice to see that the children - no matter where they are - feel comfortable in nature, develop and go into their future stronger.
I am often asked whether I still feel a passion after 25 years to go into the forest with the children every day and in all weather conditions. Yes, because it is a gift for me to experience the big and small adventures with the group in nature. Through this meaningful task and the knowledge of the advantages of the concept, my work becomes - metaphorically speaking - a colourful bouquet of flowers, which is always decorated with new flowers".
Petra Jäger was born in Flensburg, went to school and trained as an office clerk. This was followed by one to become a nursery school teacher at the Erzieherfachschule. Since 1993 she has been the head of the Waldkindergarten Flensburg. She also regularly gives lectures abroad on the subject of forest kindergarten education. In 2014, she and Lorenzo Filippi established an international federation of forest kindergartens. Furthermore, she completed a training as a systemic consultant. In 2017 she accompanied and advised on the foundation of the "Naturschule Flensburger Förde".