Caregiver & Child

9:30am-11:00am for children ages 18mos - 3 years old

class size limited to 10 children

These classes are intended for our youngest forest explorers (ages 18 months – 3 years) to attend hand-in-hand with a parent, a grandparent, or a caregiver.

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!

Each week will feature a welcome song, followed by forest exploration, an art/sensory-based activity, and a story. 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.  

2020-2021 Sessions

Wednesday,s 9:30-11:00am; 8 classes $192/session

Spring 2021: April 7, 14, 21, 28 May 12, 19, 26, June 2

Registration for this class will open in February.

a school for children who are serious about dirt and squirmy things

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© 2018 by Painted Oak Nature School

174 Lambertville Hopewell Road 

Hopewell, New Jersey  08525



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