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 semester-long weekly 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.

While the seasons change before our own eyes, Little Birds nurture their relationships with the natural world and with one another as well.

This program includes both indoor and outdoor experiences and is a perfect introduction to our approach to learning in The Nature Preschool.

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: $283.50 Non-members / $255.15 for Pacesetter or Teacher Members   {Sign up for both Fall & Spring and save 5%}

Fall 2022: 12 week semester – begins the week of Sept 12, 2022

  • Monday through Friday (select a day of week)
  • Semester runs September 12-December 9, 2022
  • No classes November 23-29 (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Makeup week, if needed, December 12-16

NEW! Winter 2023: Four Drop-in Class dates have been added. Two classes daily on select Saturdays & Sundays in January and February. Learn more.

Spring 2023: 12 week semester – begins the week of Feb 20, 2023

  • Monday through Friday (select a day of week)
  • Semester runs February 20-May 19, 2023
  • No classes April 3-7, 2023 (Spring Break)
  • Makeup week, if needed, May 22-26

Questions? Please contact Arpa Hartoni at

Little Birds is fully enrolled for school year 2022/23, as is the waitlist. To be notified about future classes, please join the interest list.
A note about covid-19 related concerns

As this is a continuously changing situation, Irvine is closely monitoring current best practices and following local pandemic guidance. We will determine and/or any COVID-19 related policies closer to the program start date. Find our Spring 2022 policies below.

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in. – Rachel Carson

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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