Nature-Based Preschool Programming was created at the Boardman River Nature Center in 2008 in response to a growing national concern for the disconnect between children and the natural world. The Boardman River Nature Center Preschool programs provide an ideal environment for those pivotal “first nature experiences” — the ones that last a lifetime and set children down a path of curiosity, empathy and wonder. The goals of the programming are to:
- Provide children with a safe environment to grow, learn, and respect people and nature.
- Connect children to nature to develop a lifelong passion for the environment and its stewardship.
- Help children recognize the natural world as part of the urban environment.
Children explore, discover, observe, and experience the natural world using all of their senses while developing an appreciation for nature. Structured and self-directed play nurtures children’s imagination, creativity, and self-esteem.
There are two Nature-Based Preschool programs offered during the week at the Boardman River Nature Center. The Peepers program is Tuesday mornings and the Knee-High Naturalists program is offered Thursday mornings.