Immersive Outdoor Learning for 4-6 Year Olds
Rooted in the European Forest Kindergarten model, Irvine’s new program offers children ages 4 to 6 a rare opportunity for an entirely outdoor learning experience. Wild nature play spanning 210 acres takes place in the forest, meadows and wetlands over a 12-week fall or spring semester.
Children roam Irvine’s vast wild habitats making their own special connections to the earth. We explore ponds and streams, play in the meadow, climb trees, examine leafy treetops and discover the amazing flora and fauna found here. We experience nature in all kinds of weather, with a campfire at our side if we need to keep warm. Children develop deep respect for the natural world as they grow to love and trust one another during weekly adventures.
AGES: 4-6 years*
TIMES: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
2-day week – $790/semester members, $950/semester non-members
4-day week – $1,580/semester members, $1,900/semester non-members (The 4-day option is only available if the M/W class runs.)
2017 SPRING SEMESTER (12 WEEKS)
Tuesdays/Thursdays March 7 – June 1. No class on 4/11 or 4/13. SOLD OUT
Mondays/Wednesdays March 6 – May 31. No class on 4/10 or 4/12. (The M/W class will only run if we have at least 6 interested families. Contact Beth Savitz at 443-738-9215 to register for M/W class.)
Note: Once registration is confirmed, you will receive detailed information about program policies including trail safety and gear.
Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for fall session or Mar. 1 for spring session. Additional home school semesters are available in the afternoons for older children. If your child is also enrolled for an afternoon Earth Friends class, s/he may join Lunch Bunch from 12:30-1 p.m. with a packed lunch. This option is only available for 5- and 6-year-old Forest Dreamers.
This is a drop-off program for children with two wonder-filled guides working alongside the group to facilitate playful exploration. Family days are offered once a month so interested parents can join the fun.
More details are available on our Forest Explorers flyer.
Online registration is not available for this program. Please contact Beth Savitz at 443-738-9215 to register for either session.
The Forest Dreamers enrollment form will be required.
For other questions, contact Beth Savitz or call 443-738-9215. You will receive an email to confirm your registration along with an emergency form and release form. No child may attend without a completed release form and emergency form.