Nature-based Early Learning Program (3–5 years old)
Children will discover the wonder and beauty found within the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres as they play, learn, and grow in our nine-month, nature-based early-childhood program. Exploring nature throughout the changing seasons provides the perfect landscape for developing lifelong skills and laying a foundation for a love of learning.
The mission of Little Trees is to help young children develop a deep and meaningful relationship with nature through outdoor play and child-directed discovery. Our curriculum encourages discovery and experimentation while cultivating kindness and empathy, building a growth mindset, and sprouting student scientists. The curriculum is seasonally-based and interest-driven. What the children notice taking place in the world around them is usually what stokes their curiosity. Our daily explorations and prompts complement what is occurring within their environment and allow room for emergent areas of study. Children have the ability to shape the program by communicating their interests and passions as they develop a kinship with nature. This allows for organically created unique experiences each year — deeply resonant experiences born from the children’s natural curiosity. We investigate topic interests by taking nature walks, studying natural phenomena, and engaging in activities that build physical, social-emotional, and cognitive skills.
Enrollment for the 2022-2023 season is now open. Contact Meg Gessler at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information on the program.
Roots Class (3-yr-olds): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saplings Class (4-yr-olds): Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Trees Class (mixed ages 4- and 5-yr-olds): Mondays through Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.