Nurture your little sprout in our nature-based early childhood program based on the forest school model! Research has shown that unstructured outdoor play and nature-based exploration to be the perfect groundwork for meaningful learning and growth. Lyman Woods' NaturePlay School provides this and more! We spend much of our time fostering creativity, teamwork, and social skills through unstructured play on our trails and in our Wild Woods play area. Your child will also learn about the animals and ecology of the forest, wetlands, and prairie through fun hands-on lessons designed specifically for early childhood. Your child might plant trees, build forts, care for a garden, cook over a campfire, wood-work, and hike and explore our trails and look for mystery boxes! They will work on content such as science skills, language, and math without even knowing it! We spend as much time as possible outside in our 135 acres, but will use the Interpretive Center as a home base in inclement weather.

We offer classes for both 3-year-olds and 4-6-year-olds, in morning or afternoon options. Morning classes run from 9-11am. Afternoon classes run from 12:15-2:15pm. The Winter/Spring 2022, options will be as follows:

3-year-old class options:

- Tuesday/Thursday 9 - 11am

- Tuesday/Thursday 12:15 - 2:15pm

- Wednesday/Friday 9-11am

4-6-year-old class options:

- Tuesday/Thursday 9-11am

- Tuesday/Thursday 12:15-2:15pm

- Wednesday/Friday 9-11am

- Wednesday/Friday 12:15-2:15pm

Monday Add-a-day:

New for 2021-2022 school year year we are also offering a Monday add-a-day class for those students who would like more time at Lyman Woods. This class does not coincide with any teachings throughout the week and is only open to students who are registered for a NaturePlay School class. We have a morning option for 3's and 4-6's, and an afternoon option for 4-6's.

winter/spring registration information

Students wanting to sign up for our Winter/Spring 2022 classes must be 3 by September 7, 2021 for 3-year-old classes, and 4 by September 7, 2021 for the 4-6-year-old classes. These ages are based on the age at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. NaturePlay School Winter/Spring semester will run from January 4, 2022 - May 20, 2022.

Registration for the Winter/Spring semester is now open!

For any questions regarding NaturePlay School, please us at or 630.963.9388.