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Nature Center Preschool Program

Imagine a place
Where children are invitedboy with net

‘please touch’
‘smell this'
‘can you hear?’

A place where it’s OK 'to get a little dirty’


We believe
That early childhood is a time for discovery, a time to enjoy the many miracles of the natural world:

the colors of fall prairie grass
the feel of a snake's skin
the call of the chorus frogs
the smell of plum blossoms

Yearly open enrollment begins February 1st.

The Pioneers Park Nature Center is a perfect place for young children to learn colors, counting, shapes, sizes, and spatial awareness through nature exploration. Our caring staff has a strong commitment to both the environment and to active learning. Your child's individual strengths and talents will be nurtured through a wide variety of daily activities.

The Nature Center Preschool serves children ages three to five years old. An annual enrollment fee must accompany registration. Registration is a contract for a full school year.  Sessions are held September through May:

  • Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

Nature Center Pre-K Program

Sessions are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  The program is designed to support a child's transition from preschool to kindergarten. In addition to the Nature Center Preschool's emphasis on outdoor exploration, the curriculum will focus on
  • letter recognition and printing
  • phonics and sight words
  • journaling
  • numbers and math skills
  • music and movement