Caregiver & Child, ages 18 months - 3 years old
Tuesdays, 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
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.
2023-2024 Sessions -
Tuesday mornings with Ms. Michelle
September 19 - October 24
Wednesday mornings with Ms. Philippa
September 20 - October 25
100% outside, in all weather