NATUREPLAY SCHOOL

LOCATION: Lyman Woods Interpretive Center, 901 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Nurture your little sprout in our nature-based early childhood program! Your child will learn about animals and ecology of the forests, wetlands, and prairie through hands-on lessons helping them develop science, language, and math skills through nature exploration. Class time takes place 100% outdoors with the exception of severe weather and restroom breaks. All students are required to be potty-trained to attend. All registered families will receive information regarding teacher assignments, parent orientation and tuition payments in August 2024. The Monday and Wednesday Add-on classes are for students enrolled in a Tu/Th or W/F NaturePlay School class and for students enrolled in any 3-5 year old Lincoln Learning Center Preschool Class. For any questions regarding NaturePlay School, please us at lymanwoods@dgparks.org or 630.963.9388.

REGISTER ONLINE

(Link to registration portal will be activated in early January, see link above for class days/times)

2024 NATUREPLAY SCHOOL PARENT MANUAL


2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Students registering for our 2024-2025 school year must be 3 by September 1, 2024 for 3-year-old classes, and 4 or 5 by September 1, 2024 for the 4-5-year-old classes. NaturePlay School will run from September 3/4, 2024 - May 14/16, 2025.

If you've never registered for park district programs, create an account to register for programs online. Click the 'Register Online' button to get started! If you have a child in our preschool program now and need help obtaining your username and/or password, please email our Registration Staff for assistance.

LOOKING TO REGISTER FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR? Online registration is closed. However, some classes have spots available. Click the class schedule link above and scroll down to the 2023-2024 section to see if a class is open for new enrollments. To register, please contact the Registration team at Regi_Staff@dgparks.org


PRIORITY REGISTRATION PROCESS

9:00AM JANUARY 15-28: Currently enrolled preschool students (2023-2024 school year) and their siblings can enroll in the lottery online

  • Choose your #1 preferred class day/time, and add it to your cart
  • As you continue through the enrollment checkout process, you will have the option of listing a 2nd choice, and even a 3rd choice
  • Pay a $100 Enrollment Fee to complete the process
  • When the lottery is spun, the system will enroll students in a randomly assigned order. When it is "your turn", the system will attempt to enroll you in your first choice. If that class is already full, it will move on to try enrolling you in your 2nd choice, if you selected a 2nd choice, and so on. If you don't have a 2nd/3rd choice, or your alternate choice(s) are full, you'll be added to the waitlist for your 1st choice.

Please note: if you absolutely do not want or cannot attend any class day/time other than your first choice, please do not select 2nd or 3rd choices.

JANUARY 31: Lottery results will be shared via email by 4:00pm

FEBRUARY 1-11: Request transfers, enroll in classes with open spots, or enroll on other waitlists before enrollment is opened to new students/families

Priority Enrollment is not reciprocal between Lincoln Learning Center and Nature Play School.


OPEN ENROLLMENT PROCESS

Open enrollment is available to new students/families, students/families that attend the program in years prior to the current school year, and returning students who did not enroll during the priority registration/lottery period.

FEBRUARY 12, 9:00AM - Resident open enrollment begins
FEBRUARY 19, 9:00AM - Non-Resident open enrollment begins

  • Enroll online at dgparks.org using the class # for your desired class days and time
  • Pay a non-refundable $125 Enrollment Fee to complete the process
  • If your preferred class day/time is full, you may enroll your child on the waitlist. The $125 Enrollment Fee must be paid for waitlist registrations


TUITION INFORMATION

Tuition can either be paid in full or divided into 8 equal payments to be automatically billed on the 15th of the month, from August-April (no bill collected in December). You will be emailed in July 2024 with additional information. There is no additional charge for Non-Residents for programs taking place at Lyman Woods, including NaturePlay School.

 


 

OTHER IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Siblings enrolling during priority registration must reside in the same household; you may be asked to provide proof of residency
  • Registered students will receive their classroom and teacher assignments in August 2024, as well as information regarding a Parent Orientation/Meet The Teachers event
  • If a class transfer is requested after classroom assignments have been made, a $25 transfer fee will be assessed if your request is able to be granted
  • All classroom and teacher assignments are random
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2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR OPTIONS

3-YEAR-OLD CLASSes

Must turn 3 by Sept. 1, 2024

 

Class # Days Times Annual Tuition Availability
4505H03-01 TU/TH 9:00-11:30am $1,408-Paid in full
$176-Monthly
FULL
Waitlist Available
4505H03-02 TU/TH 12:30-3:00pm $1,408-Paid in full
$176-Monthly
CANCELLED
4505H03-03 W/F 9:00-11:30am $1,364-Paid in full
$170.50-Monthly
FULL
Waitlist Available



4/5-YEAR-OLD CLASSes

Must turn 4 or 5, but not yet 6, by Sept 1, 2024

 

Class # Days Times Annual Tuition Availability
4505H04-01 TU/TH 9:00-11:30am $1,408-Paid in full
$176-Monthly
FULL
Waitlist Available
4505H04-02 TU/TH 12:30-3:00pm $1,408-Paid in full
$176-Monthly
SPOTS AVAILABLE
4505H04-03 W/F 9:00-11:30am $1,364-Paid in full
$170.50-Monthly
FULL
Waitlist Available

 

ADD-ON CLASSES-COMBINED 3-5 YEAR-OLDS

 

Class # Days Times Annual Tuition Availability
4505H05-01 Monday AM
Add-On
9:00-11:30am $660-Paid in full
$82.50-Monthly
FULL
Waitlist Available
4505H05-02 Monday PM
Add-On
12:30-3:00pm $660-Paid in full
$82.50-Monthly
SPOTS AVAILABLE
4505H05-03 Friday AM
Add-On
9:00 - 11:30am $682-Paid in full
$85.25-Monthly
FULL
Waitlist Available