ALNC UPDATES

We are ready to welcome the public back to our facility on weekdays (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm),
with weekend public hours coming in the future.

Because we are a childcare facility and still following public health protocols, we will retain a few restrictions, including requiring masking indoors and limited access to some public offerings and areas of our facility. We may also have to adjust our hours or access on short notice. We appreciate your patience as we work through changes in staffing and schedules, and 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 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.

THE SPRING SESSION IS FULL – ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITLIST

Spring sessions begin the week of April 4th and end the week of June 3rd. The spring programs will be held on Mondays and Fridays from 9 until 11 am. Play & Learn families receive priority enrollment for Nature Beginnings sessions.

Add your name to the waitlist for MONDAYS in SPRING

Add your name to the waitlist for FRIDAYS in SPRING

 

WHEN DOES THE SPRING PROGRAM MEET?

MONDAY SESSION: From 9 until 11 am, April 4th to June 6th, No School May 30th (9 weeks).
FRIDAY SESSION: From 9 until 11 am, April 8th to June 3rd, No School April 29th (9 weeks).

 

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?

Register above starting March 1st. Please be advised, only 10 spots are available.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center