Pre-Elementary: Ages 3–5 or Grade Pre-K (In-person)

We continue to find flexible and adaptive new ways to meet the needs of children and families. Our emphasis is on providing inquiry-based environmental and outdoor education programs for small groups.  Our programs, as always, are focused on learning from nature, but we are placing a heightened focus on meeting the need children have for unstructured time with their peers. It is essential to children’s social-emotional development and general sense of well-being to be able to play and be free outside with each other!  

Winter programs will be mostly outdoors with short portions indoors, to allow for warm ups and a longer duration program.  While inside everyone will be required to be masked.  We will attempt to limit indoor eating to more extreme weather but if we do eat inside everyone will be socially distanced by at least 6 feet. 

Programs may also be viewed in a calendar.

Registration for Winter 2022 programs will open on December 7. 

A note about registration: Many of our programs fill quickly, so we highly recommend registering on the waiting list. We go to this list first if a space opens up. And by adding your name, you can help us better plan for the programs that are in high demand.

Nature Discovery Winter Preschool Days

with Colleen Kelley and Helen Ann Sephton
Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child)
10:00am-11:30 am (Please note the later start time!)
Fee per child per day: Tier A-$32 per day | Tier B-$26 per day | Tier C-$19 per day | Tier D- $13
Limited to 7 families. Limit of 2 children per adult.

Celebrate the outdoors in winter with your preschooler! Colleen and Helen Ann will teach these three winter programs. Sign up for one, two or all three programs. Come prepared for winter outdoor exploration! Limited to 7 families per day. Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Friday, January 28: How Animals Live in Winter

Friday, February 4: Signs of Animals and Tracking

Friday, February 11: Slip, Slide – Ice and Snow!

Nature Discovery Preschool Series- Beanstalks to Butterflies: How things change in nature.

Colleen Kelley
Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child)
Fridays, March 25 – June 17 ( no programs April 15, 22, May 13)
Morning session: 9:30am-11:30 am
Afternoon session: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Fee per child: Tier A-$361 | Tier B-$289 | Tier C-$217  | Tier D-$145
Limited to 7 families. Limit of 2 children per adult.

Please note: This ten-week series will take place outdoors unless there is extreme weather. 

Metamorphosis and how things change in nature is the theme for this popular program. Children will compare their own lives, from newborn to preschooler, with the life cycles of other living things. Through live animal and plant observations, stories, songs, movement, imagery and crafts, children will learn about how and why changes happen. Start your metamorphosis now! An adult must attend with the child to develop a sense of wonder together.


COVID-19 Safety

Read our complete COVID-19 Program Participant Guidelines.

Our programs are designed to be fun and engaging and above all safe. The COVID-19 program guidelines are designed to help protect everyone as we meet the strict health and safety requirements of the CDC and our state. Please take the time to read the information thoroughly. If you feel that you or your child(ren) cannot follow these guidelines, we ask that you wait until these restrictions have been lifted to join one of our programs or events. We may change our guidelines to reflect new guidance from CDC and Massachusetts.


Given this time of financial hardship for our community and our organization, we are offering a new sliding scale fee structure aimed to provide greater flexibility in choosing a price that is right for you and your family.

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