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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Lil Nature Kids & Lil Nature Families

Do you have a 6-9 year old? They can attend our after-school program, Eco-Recess!

Lil Nature Kids (age 3-6) - DROP OFF PROGRAM! 

Lil’ Nature Kids is a drop-off style program that uses experienced, enthusiastic teachers to combine ecological concepts with developmentally appropriate skills and kindergarten readiness. Our preschool naturalists take small groups of children into a park for two hours to learn through stories, songs, art, exploration, and imaginary play. The primary goal is to give children positive outdoor experiences, rain or shine, with teachers who direct the learning based on the children’s interests. All classes are mixed age. Ratio of students to teachers is 4:1 or better. Sites vary by day of week and season and include the following: Mt Tabor Park, Pendleton Park, and Laurelhurst Park. Fall, winter and spring sessions are offered. 
SEE THE SCHEDULE FOR WINTER & SPRING 2017

Lil Nature Families (age 2.5 - 5) - PARENT/CHILD PROGRAM- Parent must attend!

NEW FOR 2017 - FLEXIBLE REGISTRATION (Join us for one day, join us for all the days - or anything in between!)
The benefits of combining nature play, ecology and meaningful are proven through research! Weekly hands-on lessons in Portland's Parks & Natural areas improve creativity, focus, coordination, & social development. Children learn about Pacific NW ecology through games, activities, exploration and unstructured play - and this class adds an important parent component - direct interaction with nature together. 

Sites vary by day of week and season and include the following:Gabriel Park, Mt Tabor Park, Kelly Butte, Rocky Butte, Powell Butte, Columbia Park, Pier Park, Columbia Children's Arboretum, Kelley Point Park, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

SEE THE SCHEDULE FOR WINTER 2017 

Praise for Lil' Nature Kids!

"My daughter loved the first day. She's not typically very cold tolerant, but she went out on a cold, rainy 41 degree day and had a blast. That's a ringing endorsement!" ~ Parent of a Lil' Nature Kid

WITHDRAWAL POLICY For a full refund, children must be withdrawn from the class at least 7 days before the first day of class.