Our Nature Preschool recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary, having spent two decades as a local leader in early childhood nature education. Because of our age inclusive educational programming, we are in the process of changing the name of our preschool to Schlitz Audubon Nature School, with programs facilitated by our experienced early childhood educators. Nature School is a space for babies, toddlers, and small children to learn and play, engaging in age-appropriate education, and includes an enhanced K4 program, a true pre-kindergarten class.
We enroll families, not just students, so the entire family is involved in a shared community experience using nature as a vehicle and teaching partner. We embrace social and emotional learning at all levels, with an emergent, child centered curriculum versus a test-driven one. Teachers provide nature-based experiences that encourage curiosity, environmental connection, and empathy toward others, while supporting each child’s specific needs and abilities.