Play. Explore. Create. Love. Discover. Run. Learn. Sing. Be Messy. Laugh. Be Free.
Our classes are a brilliant way to provide an alternative to preschool for children outdoors in New York City. By choosing to sign up for multiple days and committing to the full year, your child will be given the opportunity to explore, play and learn with us in our expansive natural classroom.
We meet year round in all kinds of weather,offering drop off classes for children ages two years to five years old. We keep a small student to teacher ratio, and small group size. This ensures that all the children are safe, supported, and heard while we adventure through the park.
Our daily schedule includes time for ample exploration and unstructured free play, snack, nature journaling, and hikes through the park. Our curriculum evolves from the interests of the children, the seasons, and our natural surroundings. During each class we provide various tools and found and recycled materials for the kids to work with. They combine these with the natural materials they discover to experiment, build, and create. Children also are given the opportunity to sing, dance, do yoga, and cook outside!
Our goal is to prepare for and embrace every kind of weather. We will work and play in the sun, rain, and snow. On days of extreme weather (high wind gusts, thunderstorms, or intense cold) we will meet in the library or at the Botanical Gardens.
Our classes will start on September 10, 2018 and run through June 14, 2019. The program meets for 35 weeks throughout the year with holiday breaks in December, February, and April. Committing to our full year program provides your child a space throughout our fall, winter, and spring semesters, as well as a discounted tuition over enrolling by semester.
Days of the week:
Classes meet Monday through Friday. Families may choose from the following options:
-2 days/week - Tuesday & Thursday
-3 days/week - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
-4 days/week - Monday through Thursday
-5 days/week- Monday through Friday
Classes meet from 9am-12pm.
An extended day option is available to either 1pm or 3pm.*
We have drop-off locations at the entrances to the park at:
-Grand Army Plaza
-3rd Street and Prospect Park West
-9th Street and Prospect Park West
*Please note - classes are mixed age and denoted by drop off location. If you would like your child in the same group as another child, please note the request in the application and apply for the same drop off location.
Tuition for the year:
5 days per week: $9800
4 days per week: $8120
3 days per week: $6650
2 days per week: $4600
Extended day options available:
Extend till 1pm for our 'picnic lunch hour' - $21 per day
Extend till 3pm for picnic lunch and afternoon adventures! - $48 per day
Sibling discounts available - please inquire.
Tuition Schedule - An initial non-refundable deposit in the amount of 10% of the yearly tuition is due upon enrollment to secure your child's place. An additional $50 registration fee is due upon enrollment. The remaining payments are divided into either 3 or 10 installments over the course of the year beginning August 2018. Each family may choose the payment option that works best for them.
Each family must complete an application, as well as schedule and attend a class visit with their child.
After the class visit, the family will be contacted with a space for their child, if available.
A completed tuition agreement and deposit will be due shortly thereafter to secure their child's place.
**We follow a rolling admissions process, and encourage interested families to apply early, as spaces begin to fill immediately.**
2018-19 Application Form
Please complete the application form below. Any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.