ALNC UPDATES

Welcome! Our facility is open on weekdays from 9am to 4pm and on weekends from 10am to 2pm.

Wearing a face mask indoors is optional. Because we are a childcare facility and follow public health protocols, we have limited access to some public offerings and areas of our facility. We appreciate your patience as we work to find a healthy balance of access and safety for our community.

As always, our grounds and trails featuring self-guided tours are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.

Nature Beginnings

Starting preschool is a big step for young children! This 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.

WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION BEGINS DECEMBER 1st AT NOON


The fall programs are held on Mondays and Fridays from 9 until 11 am. Play & Learn families receive priority enrollment for Nature Beginnings sessions.

Register here for MONDAYS in WINTER

Register here for FRIDAYS in WINTER

 

WHEN DOES THE WINTER PROGRAM MEET?

MONDAY SESSION: 9 until 11 am, January 23rd to March 20th (9 weeks)
FRIDAY SESSION: 9 until 11 am, January 13th to March 17th (9 weeks)

Spring session will begin the week of April 3rd. Registration will be available 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, and/or have not done an all outdoor nature-based program before. 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 – 10:45 am: Free Play in the Nature Playspace
  • 10:45 – 11:00 am: Goodbye Circle & Pick Up
 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

$225 per 9 week session. Need-based tuition assistance available upon request. Payment and paperwork will be processed during registration.

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Register above starting at NOON on December 1st. Please be advised, classes have 10 students in each class with 2 teachers. When classes are full, families will automatically be placed on a waitlist and notified if spots become available.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center