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NaturePlay Preschool: AM
at Avery House Nature Center


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2022-2023 School Year Registration
**Limited Registration is now Available. Contact our office to register by:
Calling: (541) 753 - 9211
Or Email:


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.  Please note: our preschoolers can only attend a class for 4 hours per day, so if you have them registered for the Niños PM (Tues/Thurs) schedule they cannot be in the NaturePlay AM (Tues/Thurs) schedule.


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, and 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


Email:          NaturePlay Coordinator         Bilingual Educator        Bookkeeper 


Avery House Nature Center, 1200 SW Avery Park Dr., Corvallis, OR 97333

If you are registered for NaturePlay Preschool and sent a letter,

here are the documents required to be completed before preschool starts on September 14th:

NaturePlay Get to Know You Questionnaire - CLICK HERE

Oregon Certificate of Immunization Status Form  - CLICK HERE

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2022-2023 School Year: 

First day - Wednesday, September 14th

Last Day - Friday, June 9th

There will be no class on:

  • Conferences - October 26th- 28th 

  • Veterans Day -  November 11th

  • Thanksgiving Break - November 23rd- 25th

  • Winter Break - December 23rd – January 6th

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 16th

  • President’s Day - February 20th

  • Conferences - March 15th - 17th

  • Spring Break - March 27th - 31st

  • Memorial Day - May 29th

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