NaturePlay Preschool: AM
at Avery House Nature Center


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Come to our spring open house!

Saturday, May 14th

Drop-in from 9:00am- 12:00pm

Avery House Nature Center, 1200 SW Avery Park Dr.

Parking is available around the corner at Lions Shelter

You will meet our NaturePlay teachers and the many animals who live in our classroom! 

We look forward to seeing your family soon.  (Nyoka the snake is especially excited to say hello.)

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2022-2023 School Year Registration
**We have launched our new registration platform, where you will be able to create a family account and save your details. 
Please do not create a new account each time you register.
Simply click "Returning User" and log in to your account (use the email address entered to create the account).


NaturePlay AM welcomes potty-trained students ages 3-5.  Class is from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, with an optional 1 hour extended care before or after class.  Schedules options include 2, 3, and 5 days per week.


What could be better than stomping in puddles, collecting leaves, and playing in nature?  NaturePlay students spend time outside every day, learning from the natural world that surrounds them. Activities, games, and art focus on place-based learning through inquiry and investigation of nature’s seasonal cycles.  Our engaging lessons help students prepare for kindergarten, build important life skills, and foster a love for the environment.  Navigate through the sections below to learn more.

About NaturePlay

Since 2004, Corvallis Environmental Center’s preschool program at Avery House Nature Center has facilitated a deep connection between students and their environment through engaging and playful nature activities outdoors! We tell stories, sing, play movement games, do amazing art projects, and learn about nature through inquiry and investigation of nature’s seasonal cycles.


Daily learning activities include opening Circle Time with movement activities and songs, science and art lessons, snack and storytime, outside exploration, and numbers, letters, shapes, or writing activities with a nature-focused theme. Using positive reinforcement and communication, we create a happy, relaxed environment to support students’ learning and social growth. 


Our Teachers

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 in a kind, open, and consistent manner. All of our instructors are certified in CPR, First Aid, and hold State of Oregon food handling certifications. All adults (staff and volunteers) in the classroom have passed full criminal background checks through the Oregon Department of Human Services. Staff to student ratios are 1 teacher to 6 students. For more on our staff, visit our Staff page.

Schedule Options and Tuition

NaturePlay AM class is from 9am- 12pm, not including extended care.  Families can choose to enroll for 5, 3, or 2 days per week ($32/day).

  • 5 days: Mon-Fri - $576 /month (10% discount)

  • 3 days: Mon,Wed,Fri - $384 /month

  • 2 days: Tu,Th - $265 /month


We can occasionally accommodate alternate schedule requests.  Please email us to inquire.


Extended Care

Families may choose an optional 1 hour extended care: Early Birds or Squirrel Munch Lunch.  You may choose one extended care option, not both.

  • Early Birds: 8-9am - $6/day

  • Squirrel Munch Lunch: 12-1pm - $6/day

School Year Details




Weather-related closures will be announced via email.


Your child's safety is our #1 priority. To see our Safety Policy and Procedures, click here. 

Also, be sure to view our Registration and Financial Policies

Contact Us

Corvallis Environmental Center office: (541)-753-9211




Avery House Nature Center

1200 SW Avery Park Dr.

Corvallis, OR 97333


2021-2022 School Year: 

First day - Tuesday, September 14th

Last Day - Friday, June 10th

There will be no class on:

  • Conferences - November 3rd - 5th 

  • Veterans Day -  November 11th

  • Thanksgiving Break - November 24th – 26th

  • Winter Break - December 17th – 31st

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 17th

  • President’s Day - February 21st

  • Conferences - March 9th - 11th

  • Spring Break - March 21st - 25th

  • Memorial Day - May 30th

2022-2023 School Year: 

First day - Wednesday, September 14th

Last Day - Friday, June 16th

There will be no class on:

  • Conferences - October 26th- 28th 

  • Veterans Day -  November 11th

  • Thanksgiving Break - November 23rd- 25th

  • Winter Break - December 17th – January 2nd

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 16th

  • President’s Day - February 20th

  • Conferences - March 8th - 10th

  • Spring Break - March 27th - 31st

  • Memorial Day - May 29th