New Canaan Nature Center Preschool

THE PROGRAM
The New Canaan Nature Center Preschool provides the highest quality early childhood education environment that meets our children’s developmental needs. Our holistic curriculum utilizes nature, science, art, language and math on our 40-acre campus to build each child's foundation for life-long learning and success.

Imagine what your child will experience while learning in an outdoor classroom filled with ponds, woodlands and fields. Our unique program offers invaluable resources not to be found in any other early childhood education setting. Daily outdoor time coupled with guidance and encouragement from our highly qualified and experienced teachers and naturalists will help enhance all areas of your child’s development.

ACCREDITATION
The New Canaan Nature Center Preschool is fully licensed and accredited by NAEYC.

A NATURE CENTER EXPERIENCE
The Nature Center's naturalists visit classrooms regularly with animals and to lead seasonal activities

CLASSES FOR 2, 3, 4 & 5 YEAR OLDS
Several age-based classes meet in the mornings. Extended days and lunch bunch are available and optional.

NEW! 2 YEAR OLD SEPTEMBER START
Beginning September, 2015 we are offering a two year old drop-off class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 - 11:30 A.M.. Children must turn two by December 21, 2015.

3 YEAR OLD JANUARY START
A program for younger and soon-to-be three year olds

Mommy, Me & Nature
A program for 18-36 month olds and a parent or caregiver. Click here for details and schedule of classes for Children and a Caregiver.

Preschool Curriculum

Our preschool curriculum uses the cycles and seasons of nature to enhance learning. Nature is the perfect venue to integrate math, science and literacy skills in to our everyday activities in a fun and supportive way. Preschool teachers use an engaging curriculum to introduce the four key elements of early childhood learning and development: cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical. Below are some of the topics that children learn about and experience in the classroom or out on our grounds.

Fall: Cider making, the autumn harvest, animal habitats

Winter: Snow science, animal tracking & hibernation, syrup making

Spring & Summer: Honeybees, gardening, pond life, chickens & eggs

The New Canaan Nature Center's nature preserve is your child's classroom and playground. We believe children learn best through play and opportunities for meaningful, concrete experiences. Nature as the venue is the best the world can offer these young children, and these experiences in these early years will last a lifetime.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL
The New Canaan Nature Center Preschool allows children ages 2-5 to use hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical and academic skills. In our 40-acre outdoor classroom, children explore trails, ponds, meadows and wetlands, and meet animals from our teaching collection. Our preschool is licensed and accredited by NAEYC and has been in operation for more than 40 years. Mommy, Me & Nature, a parent/child program for 2s and 3s, introduces the delights of nature through art, songs, visits with live animals and seasonal trail walks.