At NaturePlay Preschool we strive to maintain an early childhood program that facilitates a deep connection between students and their environment through fun playful activities outdoors! We tell stories, sing, play movement games, and provide time for reflection through art projects and creative play.

2017-2018 Natureplay Pre-School – September 11, 2017 – June 8, 2018

OPEN HOUSE! Sunday, October 8: 3-5pm –  Join us for some spooky fun BAT activities!

NaturePlay morning Pre-School (ages 3-5)
NaturePlay afternoon Pre-School & Science Class (ages 4-6)

Pre-register at the above links – We still have a few spots!  Enrollment is on-going through out the year until filled.

Nature Based Curriculum

Our activities are centered around theme-based units that follow nature’s seasonal cycles. In addition to our focus on environmental education, we include math concepts such as counting and measurement, early literacy through exploration of letters and sounds, and social skills like sharing and teamwork.

Classroom Environment and Program Staff

Using positive reinforcement and communication we create a happy, relaxed environment to support student’s learning and social growth. Instructors come from a variety of backgrounds including early childhood education and development and natural sciences, but all are experienced in and passionate about sharing nature with children. Instructors are certified in CPR /First aid and EPI pin administration. Staff to student ratios are 6:1 for ages 3-4 and 8:1 for ages 5-6) with a maximum class size of 18 students.  All adults (staff and volunteers) in the classroom have passed full criminal background checks through the Benton County Sheriff’s office.

Why NaturePlay?

What could be better than stomping in puddles, collecting leaves, and playing in nature? Our children spend time outside learning from the natural world that surrounds them. We focus on place-based learning through investigation and inquiry. The most amazing aspect of NaturePlay is knowing that our kids are absorbing advanced scientific concepts through hands-on activities, games, art, stories, and nature discovery.

Every day, we serve a healthy organic snack while honoring all dietary or allergen needs and restrictions including dairy free, gluten free, nut free, etc. Students often bake, eat from the garden, and create edible food art.

Does NaturePlay prepare my child for school?

Students learn everything they would at a traditional preschool and more. We explore the alphabet with our nature themes and tie in American Sign Language. Children learn to identify letter sounds and small words as they are ready. Advanced experiments and nature games prepare students for following directions.

History

Avery House has been offering preschool nature programs for 16 years. We are part of the Corvallis Environmental Center, a nonprofit organization, and are reliant on  program fees, and donations to fund our classes. Our mission is to provide a broad-based environmental education program for all ages. Our programs are designed to help people discover their connection with nature and understand how our local ecosystems function.

IMMUNIZATION RATES

Oregon law requires proof of immunizations or an exemption, for all children attending schools, preschools or child-care centers.  As a preschool we are required to provide this information and the overall immunization rates to the Oregon Health Authority Immunization Program administered by the Benton County Health Department. Twice a year we are required to compile the immunization rates and post the statistical analysis (in graph format) of our facility.  Click below for 2016-2017 school year rates.  2017-2018 School Year rates will be posted by the end of October 2017.  You may also obtain a copy from us at Avery House or our CEC downtown office located at 116 SW 4th St., Corvallis, OR 97333, or request a copy from connie@corvallisenvironmenalcenter.org.

2016-2017 NaturePlay Pre-school Immunization rates 

For more information, the State Immunization office has prepared a question and answer sheet for parents available in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese at this website: www.healthoregon.org/immdata.