REGISTRATION & SCHEDULING
Nature Preschool is giving families even more of what they love! This year, classes will be held entirely outdoors (except in the event that Michigan weather prevents us from providing a safe learning environment; when we must go indoors, extra safety precautions will be taken).
Space is still available for the 2020-21 school year!
Check out this recent media coverage about Nature Preschool:
Nature Preschool offers 3- and 4-year old children a high quality learning environment that meets their developmental needs while initiating them into a life-long, meaningful relationship with the natural world. This program provides discovery-based learning through play, sensory, gross and fine motor activities and creative expression, using the natural world as a catalyst for children’s growth and development.
Children build their knowledge through their first-hand experiences with nature, classroom materials and their relationships with peers and adults. The HighScope® curriculum includes art, music, social and cognitive skill development and natural science exploration. The children regularly hike to wooded areas, ponds, fields and the Homestead Farm. Classrooms are in the LEED Gold Certified Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker Nature Preschool Center and in the Alden B. Dow-designed Visitor Center.
Please direct questions regarding Nature Preschool to Madison Powell, Nature Preschool Director.
(Note: Child must be 3 or 4 years old by Sept 1, 2020 to be eligible to attend)
Interested families should submit their class preferences online through the Nature Preschool Placement Request Form. Registrations received prior to the placement date will be pooled and children will be placed in sessions by lottery. Registrations received after the placement date will be placed in the order they are received based on availability of sessions.
Our Mission Statement
|Tues, Thurs||Morning||3 year olds only|
|Mon, Wed, Fri||Morning||3 & 4 year olds|
|Mon, Tues, Wed||Afternoon||3 & 4 year olds|
|Mon-Thurs||Morning||4 year olds only|
|Mon-Thurs||Afternoon||4 year olds only|
Michigan Great Start to Quality 5-Star Rating
Nature Preschool has consistently earned a 5-star rating, the highest rating possible, on the Michigan Great Start to Quality rating system, effective 2016-18. Of 122 childcare providers in Midland County, only three have received a 5-star rating. Great Start to Quality helps parents find the best early learning settings for their children, and helps providers and educators improve the care they give to children. Providers are evaluated on a 5-star rating system that covers five key areas of quality which include: staff qualifications and professional development, family and community partnerships, administration and management, environment, and curriculum and instruction. Visit greatstarttoquality.org to learn more about the rating system.
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled for 2020.
Please check back for 2021 dates!
Nature Preschool Institute
June 1-4, 2020
8:30 am-4:30 pm
25 SCECHs available (pending approval)
$400 | $320/CNC member
Includes materials, take-home resources, lunches and snacks
Register by May 18, 2020
This four-day workshop will provide preschool educators the information and skills to incorporate nature-based concepts into daily preschool routines while maintaining the integrity of their best practice curriculum. This workshop will be led by Madison Powell, Preschool Director, the team of Nature Preschool teachers and Rachel Larimore, owner of Samara Early Learning.
Address:400 S Badour Rd
Midland, MI 48640
PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to aid in protecting the public and reduce the spread of COVID-19, please maintain a 6-foot distance from people outside your household while enjoying the trails.
Mon-Sat:8 am-5 pm
Sun & select holidays:12-5 pm
Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve & New Year's Day
Open daily dawn-to-dark
Please maintain a 6-foot distance from people outside your household while enjoying the trails.