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 2023. 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.

The 2023-2024 School Year options are as follows:

3-year-old class options/annual tuition:

- Tuesday/Thursday 9:00- 11:30am/$1,344 (Activity #: 4505H13-01)

- Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 - 3:00pm/$1,344 (Activity #: 4505H13-02)

- Wednesday/Friday 9:00-11:30am/$1,302 (Activity #: 4505H13-03)

4-5-year-old class options/annual tuition:

- Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-11:30am/$1,344 (Activity #: 4505H14-01)

- Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-3:00pm/$1,344 (Activity#: 4505H14-02)

- Wednesday/Friday 9:00-11:30am/$1,302 (Activity #: 4505H14-03)

- Wednesday/Friday 12:30-3:00pm/$1,302 (Activity #: 4505H14-04)

Add-On classes - Combined 3-5 year-olds /annual tuition:

- Monday AM Add On 9:00 - 11:30am/$630 (Activity #: 4505H15-01)

- Wednesday PM Add On 12:30 - 3:00pm/$651 (Activity #: 4505H15-02)

New! NaturePlay School/Lincoln Learning Center Combo Preschool class!

Students will attend three days of Preschool at the Lincoln Learning Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and two days of NaturePlay School on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This combination is designed to provide students with traditional and non-traditional preschool experiences. This class will help prepare your child for Kindergarten as they engage in community and nature. Children will learn through exploration, unstructured play, local field trips and nature-based activities while building social skills and independence. Students enrolled in this combo class only pay one enrollment fee!

NaturePlay School/Lincoln Learning Center Combo Preschool Class:

- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Lincoln Center: 8:45am - 11:15am AND Tuesdays, Thursdays at Lyman Woods: 9:00am - 11:30am

- Annual Tuition: $3,353 for DG Park District residents and $4,056 for non-residents

- Activity #: 4505L10-01

2023-2024 School year registration information

Students registering for our 2023-2024 school year must be 3 by September 1, 2023 for 3-year-old classes, and 4 or 5 by September 1, 2023 for the 4-5-year-old classes. NaturePlay School will run from September 5/6, 2023 - May 16/17, 2024.

Priority Registration for currently enrolled students and their siblings: Begins Monday, January 30, 2023 at 9:00am

Open Registration for new students: Begins Monday, February 13, 2023 at 9:00am

Registration can be done online or in person at the Lincoln Center or Recreation Center Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm. All registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Families who enroll during priority registration will pay an $85 non-refundable, non-transferable enrollment fee. Families who enroll during Open Registration will pay a $95 non-refundable, non-transferable enrollment fee.

Tuition Information: Annual tuition can either be paid in full or through a monthly payment plan that consists of 8 equal payments that are automatically billed on the 15th of each month between September 2023 to April 2024. Information for payment/billing choice will be emailed in August. Please note that the enrollment fee is not included in the annual tuition.


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