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.
Class will not be held on District 58 school holidays. 2019-20 NaturePlay School begins the day after Labor Day 2019 and runs until Memorial Day 2020. For the new 3-year-old class (beginning in Fall 2020), students must turn 3 by the first day of class. For the 4-6-year-old class, students must turn 4 by the first day of class. Registration is kept open throughout the school year, provided there are openings.