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NaturePlay Preschool: AM
at Avery House Nature Center


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2023-2024 School Year Registration is now open



Learn more and visit us at our PRESCHOOL Open House at Avery House, 1200 SW Avery Park Drive, Corvallis 97333

March 3rd - 2:30pm-5:00pm
April 5th - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
May 10th - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
September -12th 2:00pm - 5:00pm




NaturePlay AM:

  • Nature Play Am welcomes potty-trained children, ages 3-5. 

  • Schedule: Class is from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday

    • 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 Exploradores de la Naturaleza PM (Tues/Thurs) schedule they cannot be in the NaturePlay AM (Tues/Thurs) schedule.

    • Click Here for Additional Schedule Information and Tuition 


Nature Play Description: 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. It all starts with play and exploration. Teachers actively support children's learning through inquiry and investigation of nature’s seasonal cycles.  Our child-led, play-based, interactive curriculum helps children build important life skills, develop positive approaches to learning 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 strived to maintain an early childhood program that facilitates a deep connection between students and their environment through exploration and play. At NaturePlay teachers are facilitators of learning, encouraging children to ask questions and find answers through hands-on experiences. Learning is individualized at NaturePlay.


Teachers support children’s learning and development by: 


  • Meeting your child where they are developmentally, and gently guiding them as they learn about the natural world and their relationships with others. 

  • Planning experiences that build on children’s natural curiosity and love of the natural world. 

  • Providing materials and experiences to support children's understanding of literacy, math, and science concepts in meaningful ways. 

  • Looking for opportunities in every part of the day to count, measure, write, read, and experiment. 


NaturePlay is a fun, dynamic, and creative learning environment for young explorers.


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 9 am- 12 pm, 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

NaturePlay Preschool Phone Number: (541) 360 - 9726


Email:          NaturePlay Coordinator         


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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2023-2024 School Year: 

First day - Thursday, September 14th

Last Day - Friday, June 14th

There will be no class on:

  • Conferences - November 1st - 3rd 

  • Veterans Day -  November 10th

  • Thanksgiving Break - November 22nd - 24th

  • Winter Break - December 18th – January 4th

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 15th

  • President’s Day - February 19th

  • Spring Break - March 25th - 29th

  • Conferences - April 17th - 19th

  • Memorial Day - May 27th

Shdul Options and Tuition
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