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Details on where to go, what to bring, and what to wear...
Summer 2017 Classes
Hello Brooklyn Nature Days families! Looking forward to having your kids join us this summer! We are an all outdoor program and in the true nature of a forest school, we plan to experience and learn from all types of weather. We will hold class in the sun and rain. We make sure that each child is safe, engaged, and supported during our play and explorations. Please read the information and guidelines below to help your child be as prepared as possible to enjoy our program.
Communication & Updates
Families will receive a weekly email on the Sunday before classes detailing the weather forecast, our plans and activities, and the names and phone numbers for teachers for each drop-off and pickup location.
Please check the 'news' page of our website to see what's been happening during our outside adventures. http://brooklynnaturedays.com/blog/ Our blog will be updated each weekday evening with photos, discoveries from our time in nature earlier that day and articles that pertain to nature as a learning environment. In addition you can follow us on Instagram @brooklynnaturedays and on Facebook for more pictures and information.
Families will not receive any other emails during the week unless inclement weather changes our drop off/pick up location. Please check the forecast regularly to make sure children come dressed and prepared for our days together. Families should feel free to reach out to Sarah directly with pertinent information or questions at any time.
Pick up and Drop off
Our days begin at 9am and run until 1pm.
Our extended day program runs until 4pm.
**Please be prompt for both drop off and pick up.**
Drop off and 1pm pickup will be at either Grand Army Plaza, 3rd St/PPW, 9th St/PPW, or PPSW @ 10th Avenue.
Extended day 4pm pickup will be at either Grand Army Plaza or 9th Street/PPW.
You will receive confirmation of your drop off and and pickup locations via email the week prior to your child's start date.
Further information, including bio’s and pictures of each teacher, is posted on our website. (Teachers will be identifiable by the BND's t-shirts they will be wearing.) Please reach out to the teacher(s) via a phone call or text if you are running behind, and they will advise where’s best to meet.
Each drop off spot will have a lock if you wish to leave strollers, bikes, or scooters.
Parents and caregivers must sign their child in and out each day. Children will be given a BND's tag to pin to on wear each day to class to identify them as part of our group. It is the parent/caregiver's responsibility to make sure each child arrives wearing this tag each morning.
Once you have said goodbye each day, please leave promptly as it helps the children to settle and begin the day. Teachers are available to help children say goodbye and comfort them if needed.
For pickup: ** Children will only be released to adults who are listed on the 'authorized adults for pickup form.'**
If your child will not be attending class any particular day they are scheduled, please notify Sarah via text or email as early as possible.
What To Wear
It is imperative children come dressed appropriately for class.
Please send children in comfortable clothing that allows them to move and play, and that can get wet and dirty.
When in doubt, it is best to send along an extra sweater or jacket to have, asopposed to not. The beginning of summer is a fickle season, and it is much easier to help a child who is too warm take off layers, than scramble to find extra clothes to keep he/she warm.
Rain gear (jackets, pants and boots) must always be brought and worn to class on rainy or damp days.
Please take note that it's important for the kids to have proper footwear with rubber soles that protect toes and has good grip for running and climbing. Examples include Keen Newport H2 sandals or athletic sneakers. Rain boots are necessary on rainy days. NO open-toed sandals, flip flops, Natives or Crocs.
Please note that children are encouraged to immerse themselves in our natural surroundings and activities. While we choose washable art materials, please be advised that children’s clothing will become dirty and possibly stained during class.
Please ensure your children come prepared to enjoy their days with us. We are diligent in making sure the children are safe and as comfortable as possible at all times. We build shelters to shield us from the rain and wind, have water bottles accessible all day to stay hydrated, and have water for refills.
What to Bring
Our goal is to travel through the park as lightly as possible. We bring our wagons to hold our supplies, as well as the children’s belongings. Each child may bring one bag which holds all they need for the day, clearly labeled with his/her name. Please send: -a full water bottle (We will be carrying plenty of extra water, but they will need something of their own to drink from.) -a packed lunch- (please remember it must be tree nut and peanut free) -diapers/wipes (if necessary) -extra set of clothes Please do not let your child bring anything else from home, as we want to travel as lightly as possible. Our vision is to explore and interact with nature during these hours and toys or additional belongings from home could be disruptive.
***Please make sure all items your child brings - bags, water bottles, lunch boxes, hats, and outerwear - are clearly labeled with his/her name.***
Things We Need To Know
Remember that Prospect Park is a not a manicured environment and contains hazards like bees and poison ivy and other irritants. We will do our best to avoid these hazards, but if your child is particularly susceptible to them, please let us know. Also, if your child has any allergies, any other medical conditions or is taking any medication, please make sure to let us know in writing.
What We Will Eat
We are a tree nut and peanut free program. We will provide a nutritious morning and extended day afternoon snack that includes at least one organic fresh fruit or vegetable each session, as well as something packed with energy to help keep us exploring. All children must bring their own lunch daily (peanut/ tree nut free.) If your child has any dietary restrictions, please let us know.
Sunscreen & Bug Spray
Children need to arrive wearing sunscreen, sun hats, and bug spray each day. For reapplication later in the day, we provide either Badger or Alba Botanical sunscreen (SPF 30) and Nantucket Spider Herbal Bug Spray or Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray. Both are DEET free.
If you prefer your child uses a specific brand, please send it along and notify us via email.
Please be aware that NYC posts a tick advisory for the public parks. We generally avoid areas where they are most likely to be found, but ticks do live in the park, and nature can be unpredictable. Please read the advisory below and check your child after class each day. If you do find a tick, please let us know as well as soon as possible. NYC's tick advisory is posted here: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/ticks.page
Inclement Weather Plans
The only time our class location will change is when severe or inclement weather is forecast- most likely thunderstorms at this time of year. We are an all weather program and plan to learn in the sun and rain but when official weather advisories are put into place, we plan accordingly. Families will receive an email by 6am the day of class if we are moving class drop off to an indoor location- most likely the Grand Army Central Library as it will give us an opportunity to head into the park if/when the weather clears. This ensures that all of the children and our staff are safe and sheltered during inclement weather.
Feel free to reach out to Sarah (917.855.4255) at any time with thoughts/questions.