Early Childhood

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Ages 18 months – 6 years

Discover great early childhood classes for parents and kids to experience together, and there is even an option for parents to drop off their preschool-aged child and have them explore the Zoo without parental support with Early Explorers!
 

  • F.A.W.N. – Animal meet & greets with you and your toddler.
  • Little Sprouts – Child-led, all-weather explorations.
  • Early Explorers – Child drop-off for camp-like half-day experiences.

 

Learn more and register for various options below:

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F.A.W.N. (Ages 18-35 months)

First Adventures with Nature

First Adventures with Nature

Bring your 18-35 month old to the Zoo with their favorite adult for their First Adventures with Nature (F.A.W.N.).  It is never too early to introduce your toddler to the wonders of the natural world around them. Classes will explore a variety of topics through age appropriate activities, special crafts and hands-on animal encounters.

Time:

60 minutes as listed

Cost:

Members – $24.75 per class
Non-members – $30.75 non-members per class
(Program fee admits one adult and one toddler for each class.)

Does your toddler have siblings? No worries.

  • Siblings up to 6 years of age are allowed to attend the program for an extra fee of $14.75 ( or $7.75 for members). Please note that participation in the class is limited to children 18-35 months.
  • Siblings within the program’s age range of 18-35 months can participate in the program for the normal program fee (see above for prices).
  • Infants are permitted to accompany the adult. An infant is defined as (0-12 months).

Would you like to bring an additional adult to the class? We have you covered!

  • Extra adults may attend the program for an extra fee of $19.75 (or $10.75 for members).

 
Space is limited; therefore pre-registration is required.

  Upcoming Classes

 

Stay tuned for new programs!

 


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Little Sprouts (Ages 2-4 years)

Littel Sprouts preschool classes

My Big Back Yard Outdoor Classes.

Explore, discover, learn, and play together in a whole new way!

Get ready to explore the natural world with your Little Sprout through child centered, self-guided free exploration and play in our outdoor classroom in My Big Back Yard! The quality of overall learning and depth of connection to the natural world are significantly enhanced for your Little Sprout when you are there, by their side, as a guide and fellow traveler while they journey through the earliest and most influential years of their lives.

This isn’t your ordinary, cookie-cutter preschool class; prepare to explore, gear up to get dirty, and practice stretching your imaginations!

Explorations may include:

  • structures to build
  • materials to manipulate
  • up-close meeting with an Animal Ambassador
  • endless opportunities for creative play!

A world of discovery awaits in our outdoor classroom, and your role as an active participant in this class is vital!

Time:

60 minutes as listed

Cost:

Members – $24.75 per class
Non-members – $30.75 per class
(Program fee admits one adult and one toddler for each class.)

Does your toddler have siblings?

  • Infants (0-12 months) are permitted to accompany the adult at no extra cost.
  • Younger siblings? This class is specially designed for children 2-4 years of age, but younger siblings 13-23 month are permitted to accompany the paid parent and child for an extra fee of $9.75 (or $7.75 for members). Limited participation is allowed for this age group.
  • Older siblings? This class is specially designed for children 2-4 years of age. For this reason, older siblings are unable to join the class.
  • Additional adult? Extra adults may attend the program for an extra fee of $19.75 (or $10.75 for members).

Space is limited; therefore pre-registration is required.

Upcoming Classes

 
Stay tuneed for new programs!


 
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Early Explorers (Ages 4-6 years)

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Camp-like programs, one week-long every month!

Sign your child up for single days or the whole week.
Early Explorers is a camp-like drop-off option for children ages 4 – 6. The program runs for five days in a row (Monday through Friday) from 9 a.m. to noon and will occur once a month (with the exception of summer, when Preschool and Kindergarten half-day summer camps are offered).

Preschool-aged children are at a pivotal age where they are constantly absorbing everything around them and gaining knowledge to help prepare them for kindergarten, as well as their future education.

Early Explorers programs include:

  • curriculum-based themes focused on animal movement, colors, sounds, smells, etc.,
  • classes filled with activities to get kids moving like animals and recognizing shapes and patterns,
  • overall building of their comprehensive, communication and mobility skills,
  • spending time exploring the Zoo and meeting animals.

Time:

9:00 a.m. – noon, as offered

Cost:

Single Half-Day:
Members – $30.75 per child
Non-members – $35.75 per child

Full Week Half-Day:
Members – $150.75 per child
Non-members – $175.75 per child

(Program fee admits one toddler for each class.)

NOTE: No sibling or adult participation is offered for Early Explorer programs.

Upcoming Classes

 
Stay tuneed for new programs!

 
For summer options, visit our Preschool and Kindergarten half-day summer camps HERE.


 

For more information:

Email [email protected] or call 719-424-7827.