Our programs are inspired by the Forest Kindergarten model, guided by the seasons and what we encounter on a daily basis. We gather together no matter the weather for hands-on interaction with our local flora and fauna as we sing and dance, dig and build, watch and listen, create and destruct, run and climb, laugh and learn!
Children are empowered to pursue their individual interests through play, with the guidance of nature, peers, and an adult companion. Caregivers will receive mentoring on how to encourage children to engage with the earth as they explore new learning opportunities outdoors.
Each meeting presents a new opportunity for making connections with each other, with nature, and with ourselves. We revisit the same places, with the same faces, building within each session a unique community of curious wonder-seekers.
For children ages 1-5 with a caregiver
Our Saplings classes offer a unique play-based nature experience for our little adventurers. We sing songs, create nature art, read stories, and play games while exploring and learning about our local fauna. Each day provides an opportunity to learn through authentic hands-on experiences in the real-time progression of our Lowcountry seasons, and with a variety of sites to choose from there is always something new to experience!
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wannamaker County Park (North Charleston)
Palmetto Islands County Park (Mt. Pleasant)
James Island County Park (James Island)
Growing Minds Educational Farm (Mt. Pleasant)
NEW! Givhans Ferry State Park (Ridgeville)
For children ages birth-1 with a caregiver
Our Seedlings class will be an introduction to nature through simple sensory experiences in our outdoor classroom. Infused with developmentally appropriate songs, rhymes, chants, finger-plays, and movement, these classes are perfect for both new and experienced parents/caregivers with infants and babies. Best suited for littles who are have not yet learned to walk. It's never too early to begin cultivating a lifelong appreciation for the great outdoors!
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