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Lil Nature Kids & Lil Nature Families

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. 

Lil Nature Families (age 2.5 - 5) - PARENT/CHILD PROGRAM - a Grown-up 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: Columbia Park, Pier Park, Columbia Children's Arboretum, Kelley Point Park, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Hoyt Arboretum, Marshall Park, Woods Memorial Natural Area, and Leach Botanical Garden


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 - Winter 2016

Praise for Lil Nature Families!

"My kiddos have been absolutely LOVING this program.  I have signed them up even though we typically have another obligation on Wednesdays, and am excited to get to go with them to 'Nature School'!"
Parent involved in Lil Nature Families - Winter 2017

WITHDRAWAL POLICY For a full refund, children must be withdrawn from the class at least 7 days before the first day of class.