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

Knee-High Naturalists Program


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.

2019/2020 Schedule RELEASED!

  • Fall/Winter session-September 19 and runs every Thursday (except November 28) until December 12.
  • Winter/Spring session– January 16 and runs every Thursday (except March 26) 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, manipulative’s, 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.

Fall 2019/Winter 2019 sessions- $280
Winter 2019/Spring 2020 sessions- $340
Register for both – $550
Register NOW!

Contact Taryn Carew for more information: 231-941-0960 x24 or

*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: 00 pm 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!

Fall 2019 Blog Posts:

09/19-11/21 – Sticky, Muddy, Chilly FUN!

11/21-12/12 – Fall/Winter Wrap-up

Winter/Spring 2019 Blog Posts:

04/18 – Buzzing Bee’s!

04/11 – When in Doubt, Dance it out!

04/04 – Dirty, Dirt, Dirt!

03/21 – Magnificent Muddy Messes!

03/14 – Is Spring here?

03/07- The Tea Party in the Woods

02/28 – The Mitten

02/21 – I am Bear-y Sleepy!

Fall 2018 Blog Posts:

12/6 – Snow is Falling

11/15 – Big Tracks Little Tracks

11/8 – A Taste of Winter

11/1 – A Harvest in Fall

10/25- Autumns Senses – Sight and Sound

10/18- Autumn Senses – Touch and Smell

10/11- Because of an Acorn 

10/4- Seed Celebration 

9/20- Above and Below the Garden

9/25- From Tadpole to Frog


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/