Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

Knee-High Naturalists Program

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2018/2019 KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS REGISTRATION 

Knee-High Naturalists is a nature-based preschool program for potty-trained 3-5 year-olds unaccompanied by a parent/guardian (drop off). It meets once a week on Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm, for 14 weeks, starting this spring. Many of the children who come attend other preschool programs on the other weekdays. We want to facilitate their natural curiosity and joy in the world around them and help them to establish a sense of ownership of the nature center. Children in the program have the freedom to play and interact with their environment, learning to appreciate the variety and scope of the natural world.

2018/2019 Schedule RELEASED!

  • Fall/Winter session-September 18 and runs every Thursday (except November 22) until December 11.
  • Winter/Spring session– January 15 and runs every Thursday (except March 28) until May 14.

Seasonal topics, taught September through May, focus on what is happening outside of the Nature Center. We incorporate creative dramatics, songs and games, manipulatives, puppets, and an occasional animal into the programs to engage your preschoolers.

Each day will include a sharing circle, story, and time to hike and explore. We’ll use developmentally appropriate games and activities to enrich the learning about the day’s theme. From frog eggs to fox tails, we’ll be having fun and making new connections with every step! Let’s create, touch, watch, get quiet, be loud, move, build, climb, smell, and most importantly, DISCOVER.

Price:
Fall 2018/Winter 2018 session- $260
Winter 2018/Spring 2019sessions- $340
Register for both – $520
Register NOW!

Contact Taryn Carew for more information: 231-941-0960×24 or tcarew@gtcd.org.

*Note space is very limited as the class size is 10 students*

Knee-High Naturalist Blog

Knee-High Naturalist, our newest preschool program, is underway! For our first fall-winter session we will be discovering a variety of seasonal topics. Every Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm we will explore the outdoors, have story time, create, discover, hike, learn through hands on activities, and more! Make sure to check out the blog every week to see what our Knee-High Naturalists are up to.

Knee-High Naturalists is a nature-based preschool program for 3-5 year-olds. We want to facilitate children’s natural curiosity and inspire joy in the world around them. Children in the program have the freedom to play and interact with their environment, learning to appreciate the variety and scope of the natural world.

Click on a link below to see what we did this week!

Winter/Spring 2018 Blog Posts:

3/15 Natural Pairs

3/8 Sounds of Nature

3/1 Snackers

2/22 Nappers

2/15 Flappers

2/8 Sleepers

2/1 Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

1/25 Winter is Coming

1/18 Winter Trees

Fall 2017 Blog Posts:

12/14 Hibernation

12/7 Whooo is in the Woods

11/30 Batty for Nature

11/16 Fabulous Foxes

11/9 Nature Giants

11/2 Camouflage

10/26 Pumpkin Jack

10/19 The Raindrop that Wanted to be a River

10/12 Colorful Leaves

10/5 Over and Under the Pond

9/28 It’s Fall

Fall 2016 Blog Posts:

12/1 Hibernation Station

11/17 Exploring Owls

11/10 Birding Bonanza

11/3 Magnificent Mammals

10/27 Batty for Bats

10/20 Squirrels

10/6 Mini-Beasts

9/22 Falling for Fall

9/15 Life Under a Log