Caregiver & Child, ages 18 months - 3 years old

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30am-10:45am @ Painted Oak Nature School

These classes are intended for our youngest forest explorers to attend hand-in-hand with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

class size limited to 10 children, led by PONS staff

Being in nature encourages healthy minds and bodies. Research shows that regular interaction with nature creates a greater sense of happiness, overall physical health, and well being. Being outdoors not only provides children with fresh air, but it encourages imaginative play, creativity, hand-eye coordination, balance, physical strength and mental clarity. Our goal is to increase awareness of, and connection to, the natural world in order to foster compassion and empathy for the earth and all its inhabitants.

Your young child will:

  • Be immersed in nature with a small group of multiage peers

  • Engage in hands-on experiential learning directly from their environment

  • Integrate art, music, and drama with science

  • Create secret hideouts in the forest

  • Make forest decorations

  • Learn the names of many native plants and animals

  • Develop earth-friendly habits

  • Get dirty!

General Rhythm:

Each week will feature a welcome song, followed by a short hike to the woods, forest exploration, an (optional) art/sensory-based activity, and a oral story or read aloud. Caregivers and children should come dressed ready for whatever the weather and prepared for mess!

While your little one engages with the natural world, you will connect with other like-minded adults, learn some catchy songs, and perhaps a few new flora & fauna facts.  

2021-2022 Sessions

Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45am

SPRING: 

$180 per session, (6 weeks)

Session I:

Tuesdays: March 1 - April 12 

Wednesdays: March 2 - April 13 

Session II:

Tuesdays: April 26 - May 31 - FULL

Wednesdays: April 27 - June 1 - (1) opening

  • 100% outside, in all weather

  • Please review our COVID19 protocols for this class here.