Little Birds

Join us for little birds

Young children are naturally curious about the world outside. There is so much to discover: sticks, pebbles, animals, plants, puddles! Irvine’s Little Birds builds upon this curiosity through a class for children birth to 3 years alongside a caregiver. Together, children and their caregivers discover the wonders of wildlife through age-appropriate activities like live animal encounters, nature walks, songs, stories, and art experiences.

Now offering Little Birds classes in a variety of formats:
  • Semester-long sessions– weekly classes for you and your little one – all classes are currently full – Information for 2024-25 coming in May!
  • Monthly Weekend class– offered once a month for caregiver and child – registration opens seasonally – see below
  • NEW! Summer Little Birds– a weeklong “camp” for caregiver and child – LEARN MORE.


In the semester-long program, we meet weekly for primarily outdoor experiences which is a perfect introduction to our approach to learning in The Nature Preschool. Please note, while the class is peanut free, Irvine’s campus has many nut-bearing trees and children may interact with tree-nuts.

Ages: birth – 3 years with an adult (Children turning 4 by the 10th week of class should opt out.)

Time: Classes meet weekly, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Price per Semester: $298 Non-members / $268.20 for Pacesetter or Teacher Members   {Sign up for both Fall & Spring and SAVE 5%}

Fall 2023: 12 week semester – begins the week of Sept 11, 2023. ALL FALL CLASSES ARE FULL.

  • Monday through Friday (select a day of week)
  • Semester runs September 11-December 8, 2023
  • No classes November 22-28 (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Makeup week, if needed, December 11-15

NEW! Winter 2024: 4 week mini-mester – begins the week of January 9, 2024. ALL WINTER CLASSES ARE FULL. 

  • Tuesdays or Thursdays (select one)
  • Mini-mester runs January 9-February 1, 2024
  • Makeup week, if needed, February 6-8

Spring 2024: 12 week semester – begins the week of Feb 19, 2024 ALL SPRING CLASSES ARE FULL.

  • Monday through Friday (select a day of week)
  • Semester runs February 19-May 17, 2024 (see registration page for further information)
  • No classes March 25-29, 2024 (Spring Break)
  • Makeup week, if needed, May 20-24

Questions? Please contact Arpa Hartoni at


Now offering a weekend version of Little Birds! Classes meet from 10-11:30AM on alternating weekend days starting September. This program includes primarily outdoor experiences and is a perfect introduction to our approach to learning in The Nature Preschool. Sign up for just one monthly session or the whole 9-session series. PRICE: $25/session (Member discounts apply – Pacesetter and above)

  • Saturday, September 16 – FULL
  • Sunday, October 15– FULL
  • Saturday, November 11– FULL
  • Sunday, January 21 – FULL
  • Saturday, February 10 – FULL
  • Sunday, March 10 – FULL
  • Saturday, April 13 – FULL
  • Sunday, May 12 – FULL
  • Saturday, June 8 – FULL


A note about HEALTH concerns

We routinely review and revise our health-related policies. Please find the current Respiratory Illnesses Guidelines below.


What Families Are Saying

Little Birds has far far surpassed my expectations. Not only was it delightful to see my son making so many discoveries and connections, but I feel that I also learned so, so much! The teacher is extraordinary, and has really been an inspiration to me.

Carolyn Bookholt, Little Birds Parent

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