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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 5-11 year old? They can also attend our elementary-aged program - Nature 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 FALL 2015

Lil' Nature Families (age 2 3/4 - 5) - PARENT/CHILD PROGRAM

A preschoolers mind is like a sponge! The benefits of combining nature play, ecology and highly-trained preschool naturalists are proven! 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 - HOW to help your child get the most out of their time in nature. Sites vary by day of week and season and include the following: Hoyt Arboretum (4000 SW Fairview Blvd) & Sellwood Park (by the Pool Buliding). Fall, winter and spring sessions are offered. 
SEE THE SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2015

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
If it’s more than 5 business days from the start date, you can withdraw for a $10 administrative fee or switch classes without charge. Unfortunately, however, once we are within 5 business days of the start date of a class, we can no longer offer any refunds. By that time, our preschool naturalists have committed to teaching and we have scheduled the appropriate amount. If you have questions about the withdrawl policy, please give Chrissy Larson a call at 503-823-1149.