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

Nature-Based Preschool Programming

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Boardman River Nature Center is CLOSED and all programming is canceled until further notice. District staff is working remotely. If you need assistance, please visit the “Staff” page of our website for contact information. We appreciate your understanding, and please check back for the most up-to-date information. 


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:

  1. Provide children with a safe environment to grow, learn, and respect people and nature.
  2. Connect children to nature to develop a lifelong passion for the environment and its stewardship.
  3. 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 regularly 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.

*NEW* to the Boardman River Nature Center for select Friday’s between the months of September and November 2019, we introduce our Acorn Adventurers program! Acorn Adventures is specifically developed for any ages under 4, all are welcome. Come checkout this awesome new program for our Young Explorers!

Acorn Adventurers! – Click here! *NEW*

Peepers Program – Click here!

Knee-High Naturalists Program – Click here!