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Nature School – A nomadic forest school for children ages 2 years 10 months to six years
Tuesdays – 9:15-2:30
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – 9:15-1:15
Enrollment for School Year 2015/16 is full and has a wait list.
Please contact us for a Wait List application.
Parent and Child Nature Classes
Toddlers & Trees: Mondays – 9:30-11:30 am
Explore nature with your young child by your side.
Next six-week session: January – February 2016
Registration form will be posted soon.
Sages and Songbirds
Nature walks and activities for grandparents and grandchildren ages seven and under – free.
Staff Training and Professional Development Workshops
Patti Shields is available to provide on-site trainings.
Available for preschools, parent groups, home school groups, and other organizations. Improve while providing valuable information on how to incorporate nature into your days.
“For a child, nature beckons. The sight of a line of ants, the flutter of butterfly wings or the call of a hawk, will cause a child to stop and wonder. Next the child wanders, naturally wanting to see, feel , hear and touch more.
As children, many of us were free to roam our neighborhoods, canyons, open spaces and vacant lots. We hold deep childhood memories connected to those experiences: building forts, making mudpies, climbing trees, creating fairy houses in patches of moss. For those of us who were lucky enough to have such experiences, we understand the significance of them in our lives. We know how much learning takes place outside, how an understanding of seasons, evaporation, the lifecycle of a plant or a frog, is gained because it is experienced firsthand.
Children benefit in so many ways by spending time outdoors. They learn directly in real and meaningful ways about the world around them. As highly qualified early childhood staff, we are are also naturalists, well versed in all aspects of sharing nature with children, and able to support each child’s unique way of learning in an outdoor environment. Young children who have challenges learning in typical indoor classrooms are often more successful in nature.”
Lead Teacher/Owner: Patti Shields