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Nature School

The waiting list for the 2024/25 school year will open on April 1, 2024 at 8:00am. CLICK HERE TO ADD TO THE WAITING LIST!

23-24 Nature School Parent Handbook.pdf


Nature School is an outdoor based, first learning experience for kids ages 3-5, who are potty trained and ready for an experience away from their family. This program has zero screen time and is predominantly held outdoors. Nature kids get to visit live animals at the Nature Center, go on nature walks daily and practice nature identification along the way. We provide fun themes every two weeks. All units include play-based learning, healthy body movement like yoga and dancing, themed stories, songs, art projects, sensory exploration and sign language. Throughout the year, we work on social emotional skills including sharing, teamwork, expanding our emotional vocabularies and independent problem solving. We work on age-appropriate school readiness skills including tracing names, cutting with scissors, rhyming, patterns, comprehension questions, raising our hands, as well as number and letter identification. Most importantly, we PLAY, we teach KINDNESS and we truly nurture a love of NATURE!

Enrollment is continuous, August 28, 2023- May 23, 2024.  Sessions are M/W, T/Th or enroll in both for M-Th. Program starts 8/28 and runs through 5/23 and follows the Chico Unified elementary school calendar with school holidays off. 

Instructor: Ellen Flasch
Location: Chico Creek Nature Center, Howard S. Tucker Exhibit Hall

Ages: 3-5
Fee: Billing is on a month to month basis. Monthly fees vary based on the number of days of care. The fee for the 2024-25 school year is $34 per day.

Session 1

M/W | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Session 2

T/Th | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM