outdoor classes 2022-2023

Semester 1: Sept 13 - Jan 27
Semester 2: Jan 30 - June 23


Mixed-age forest preschool – children ages 2 to 5 years

Preschool hours: Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (option to extend until 2)

Nursery hours: Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:30 AM to 12:00 pm

A typical morning in forest preschool

Children explore, play, imagine, and work together outdoors in Ft. Tryon Park for the entire morning. Our nurturing teachers lovingly guide the children while observing each child individually and each situation with care.

  • Play in open places with rocks, logs, sticks, and leaves, look at nature, climb trees, and be physically active

  • Children practice and develop

✓ their physical bodies (balance, coordination, physical strength)

✓ social-emotional skills while building connections and friendships

✓ respect for each other

  • Movement circles with songs and verses (e.g. greeting each other, greeting the forest)

✓ Expand language, including small Spanish component 

✓ Develop fine- and gross-motor skills

✓ Follow directions

✓ Forming a sense of being part of a group

  • Sharing a snack together of fresh fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, and tea 

Benefits of forest preschool

  • Develop an appreciation for nature and the environment as they experience all the seasons outdoors

  • Build lifelong resilience 

  • Direct their own play and follow their own curiosity, strengthening their imagination because they are in a natural environment where they create and play with what’s there

Tuition starts at $2,738 for preschool hours for two mornings/week, and $1,475 for nursery hours.

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