3 to 5 years old | 1.5 hours | year-round

Our suite of Early Childhood programs are designed to build comfort in nature while setting students up to be ready to engage in science learning as they prepare to enter Kindergarten.  To better accommodate the needs of this younger audience, programs are scheduled for 1.5 hours with a limit of 30 students per day to afford a lower student to guide ratio than our traditional K to 5th grade programs. 


In this introduction to ecological exploration, students use sight, smell, touch, and hearing to discover the many parts of a healthy forest. After using examples to review how we use our senses to learn in the classroom, groups head out to the trails to play games, make observations, and enjoy time having fun and gaining comfort in nature.


During this active program, your class will use their senses to unlock the secrets of one of the most important living things in a forest habitat, the trees! Students begin with a collaborative activity connecting the parts of a tree to how they protect themselves, obtain food and water, and stabilize themselves to grow tall and strong. On the trail, we play games and make observations to identify, compare, and contrast some of the common trees of Tryon.