ALNC UPDATES

OUR FACILITY REMAINS CLOSED TO VISITORS, BUT IS OPEN FOR PROGRAMS.*

We invite you out for a hike to explore the magic of the natural world, our trails are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.

We ask that all staff and visitors follow our mask policy to help keep everyone safe and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Please stay tuned and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at alnc@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.

*Please note our facility’s date of reopen to the public is based on public health recommendations and other factors.

Nature Beginnings

Starting preschool is a big step for young children! This new class at Aldo Leopold Nature Preschool aims to bridge the gap between family programs (where the child attends a program with a family member) and traditional preschool (where the child is away from family). Nature Beginnings is recommended for children ages 3 and 4 who have little or no previous preschool experience.

 

WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM MEET?

On Mondays from 9 am until 11 am. Fall session will be held September 13th to November 15th (10 weeks).
*Winter and spring sessions to be offered at a later date.

 

WHO SHOULD SIGN UP?

This program is recommended for children ages 3-4 who have never done a program without their parents or caregivers before, or have had limited time doing so. We will have a simple schedule full of play, stories, and group time, with an emphasis on learning to be part of a group, and of course having fun playing and learning in nature. Children must be potty trained to attend.

 

WHAT WILL THE PROGRAM ENTAIL?

Stories, friends, and playtime outside! What more could a preschooler ask for? The class will be held OUTDOORS at the nature center, with one of our outdoor classrooms as home base. Bathrooms will be accessible for students. If the weather is too severe, we will cancel the program for that day. More details on this policy when you sign up.

 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

  • 9:00 – 9:15 am: Drop Off & Morning Circle
  • 9:15 – 9:30 am: Story Time
  • 9:30 – 10:00 am: Nature Hike
  • 10:00 – 10:20 am: Snack
  • 10:20 – 10:50 am: Free Play in the Woods
  • 10:50 – 11:00 am: Goodbye Circle & Pick Up
 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

$250 per 10 week session. Need-based tuition assistance available upon request. Payment and paperwork will be processed during registration.

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Indicate your interest by registering here before August 15th. You will be notified of your child’s enrollment by August 20th.

I am interested in Nature Beginnings.

The class is not first come first serve, so that you can have time to see if it works for your family. All names will be entered into a lottery system. You will receive an email by August 20th with registration information or notification of waitlist placement.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center