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Forest Kindergarten


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Sensory awareness - exploring with all of our senses

Nature skills - animal tracking, plant i.d., fire-building

Hands-on gardening - fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, pumpkins

 

Year-round, school day program for children ages 2-7

At Nature Nuts, children have fun exploring the forest with friends from treetops to dirt and puddles with slugs and bugs and birds and squirrels in between. In addition to the forest, we also have extensive gardens for children to learn to grown their own vegetables and flowers. We believe that hands-on learning is the best educational approach for children. Being outdoors provides them with not only fresh air; it encourages imaginative play, creativity, hand-eye coordination, balance, physical strength and mental clarity.

Our unique setting and very low class size allows children the freedom to lead the way, to go on an adventure, without the climate of fear that is so common these days.

 
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Private vs Public Space

“For special places to work their magic on kids they need to be able to do some clamber and damage. They need to be free to climb trees, muck about, catch things, and get wet—above all, to leave the trail.” Pyle, 2002


September 2018 to June 2019:  Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday  -  Mornings (9:00 - 11:30) or Afternoons (12:30 - 3:30) 

Nature Nuts Camp,  25306 SE 184th St, Maple Valley, WA

Ages 2-7 Potty trained - (Limited exceptions can be made for toddlers or children with special needs. Please inquire for specifics.)

Morning Classes $245/month (5 hours/week) - Afternoon Classes $295/month (6 hours/week)  

Maximum 8 students and 2 teachers - 4:1 Student/Teacher ratio. 

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Family Nature Club


We offer free guided hikes and events for families year-round. Our family events aim to inspire and empower folks to take their families outside to enjoy nature for happier, healthier and smarter children. Nature programs offer kids and families an easy way to learn and grow, we’re thrilled to be able to offer these opportunities in our community and we hope you can join us.  Information about out events is updated on our Facebook events page!

First Day Hike at Nolte State Park

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Want to spend the first day of the New Year outside?

Everyone is invited to join Nature Nuts families for a free, ranger-guided hike around Deep Lake. America’s State Parks ‘First Day Hikes’ are a national initiative organized more than 25 years ago.

Nolte State Park’s Lake Trail is a lovely, easy 1-1/4-mile-loop. It’s a great pick for families and is stroller friendly. The hike will continue around the lake through the forested Green River Gorge. You’ll likely spot woodland animals along the way, and your guide will discuss forest and lake ecology. And don’t forget to get your First Day Hikes pin as a memento of your outing. At noon, you might see some crazy souls doing a Polar Bear swim!
There are restrooms, picnic tables, and a playground.
Pets on leashes are welcome.
Parking is free at all state parks on January 1.
We will meet at the main bulletin board near the restrooms.
If you get lost or can't find the trailhead, give us a call at (206) 271-8899.

When:Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Address:  36921 Veazie Cumberland Rd SE, Enumclaw, WA 98022

 
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Summer Camps


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A day at camp

A typical day of active learning could include hiking, finding signs of wildlife, catching bugs, climbing trees, stewardship skills, building forts and LOTS of games. Our summer camps run Monday-Thursday 10:00-2:00 and campers bring a sack lunch. In addition to deciduous and coniferous forests, we have extensive gardens for children to explore and learn to grow their own food.  Camps are limited to only 12 kids per week, so they will fill-up quickly.

Camps are open to kids of all abilities and backgrounds, ages 2-7

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- Safety in nature

- Plant and animal awareness

- Nature Games

- Naturalist skills

- Gardening