Natureplay Program Details

Daily Schedule

9:00  Opening Circle – Introduce day’s topic

Group Activities (hands-on, movement based)

Group song with movement

9:30   Projects, art, and  then free play

10:15 Clean up

10:20 Snack  and Story

10:45 Outside play, hike or exploration.

11:45 Numbers, letters, shapes, or writing activity with nature focused  themes.

Schedule can vary depending on outdoor activities and weather

Nature  Based Curriculum

Our activities are centered around theme-based units that follow nature’s seasonal cycles. The main goal of our program is to facilitate a deep connection between students and their environment.  We tell stories, sing, play movement games, and provide time for reflection through art projects and creative play. 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

Using positive reinforcement and communication we create a happy, relaxed environment to support student’s learning and social growth.

Program Staff

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, epi pen administration and hold State of Oregon  food handling certifications

Staff to student ratios range from 12 or 15 students with 2 teachers

With more students we have add additional assistant teachers

All adults (staff and volunteers) in the classroom have passed full background checks


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.