Nurture your little sprout in our nature-based early childhood program based on the forest school model! Research has shown outdoor nature-based exploration and play to be the perfect groundwork for meaningful learning and growth. Lyman Woods' discovery-based NaturePlay School provides this and more! In addition to lessons in creative arts, math, science and language, your child will plant trees, build forts, care for a garden, sing around the campfire, visit with our naturalists, foresters and other guest speakers, hike and explore our trails, and spend time each class in the Wild Woods, our popular nature play areas. We spend as much time as possible in our outdoor classroom of 135 acres of woods, wetlands and prairie, but the Interpretive Center serves as our home during inclement weather. A healthy snack will be provided during each class. The Friday session can be attended as a standalone one-day session, or can be added to any two-day session to extend the learning and fun.
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. Students must turn 4 by the first day of class. Registration is kept open throughout the school year, provided openings are available.