Audubon Babies & Toddlers
Our 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. The environmtal education programs below are for children ages 6 months – 3 years and their adult.
At the beginning of our educational progression, infants in our Audubon Babies program are exposed to nature through the senses, by seeing, hearing, and feeling the wonders of nature up close. Introducing babies to nature with a trusted family member begins a process of developmentally appropriate and engaging learning. Playing outdoors, feeling the air and being in the sunlight, gaining tactile experiences by touching natural objects like feathers, fur, and rocks, and walking on trails to increase strength and balance, helps a baby add to their repertoire of sense knowledge. Using the attraction of play and group exploration while learning about the environment with like-minded families creates a community gateway.
In our Audubon Toddlers program, children experience the joy of nature-based play and hands-on exploration in the company of a trusted adult. Learning through play enhances brain development, creating neural connections as senses expand to accommodate the stimulation children find in a natural setting. The classroom that is experienced is not made of just four walls, but encompasses sky, towering trees, grass and dirt covered ground, and wind. Connection is created here, along with sensory integration. Fine motor development continues, and the development of large motor skills occurs through living practice in this arena.