Forest School for Little Ones

Introduce little ones to learning and discovery in the great outdoors! Green Chimneys’ Clearpool Campus offers field trips for preschool and day care programs for children 3-5 years old.

Outdoor Education & Exploration for Preschoolers

Clearpool Forest School is a customized outdoor education and exploration program offering a choice of age-appropriate hikes, nature art, environmental studies, and nature-themed music and stories. Our classroom includes acres of forest, fields, and wetlands that inspire creative play, cooperation and problem-solving while piquing children’s curiosity and interest in the relationship between themselves and the natural world.

Programs

Discovery Hike

Young explorers guide the experience through their continuous observations.They may ask questions on anything from animal habitats to plant adaptations, or simply want to discuss the fascinating struggles in the daily life of a beetle. Program highlights include a “sensory walk” where children use the senses to discover their environment or a nature scavenger hunt.

Animal Encounter

Become a zoologist and interact with the small animal species in the Nature Room, including ferrets, guinea pig, doves, parakeet, ball python, leopard gecko and tree frog. Seasonal opportunities include a visit to the campus barn to meet and learn about farm animals such as sheep, goats, pigs, bunnies, and chickens.

Forest Crafts

Items gathered from the natural environment are used to create an art piece that can be left behind for the creatures of the woods to enjoy. Aspiring artists will have the opportunity to share their vision and finished project with their peers. Project ideas include leaf and nature rubbings, fairy dwellings, and nature counting books for the classroom.

Exploratory Free Play

Help children to fully experience the forest and turn it into their natural playground. Exploratory Free Play encourages communication, enhances creativity, and builds confidence. Children will further develop their motor skills while exploring the natural environment through hands-on and group play.

Schedule & Cost

  • Monday – Friday 10:00 -11:30am, based on availability
  • $15 per child (minimum 15 children)
  • Parents/Guardians/Chaperones free of charge (no siblings)

For more information or to book a trip, please contact
Zoe Fonseca at zfonseca@greenchimneys.org or 845-225-8226 x607