NaturePlay Preschool: AM & PM
at Avery House Nature Center
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NaturePlay AM Class
Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now full.
Please email us to be added to our waitlist.
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 us. 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.
Niños de la Naturaleza PM Class
There are limited spots available for the 2021-2022 school year!
Niños de la Naturaleza PM is designed for explorers ages 4-6 years old who are not attending NaturePlay AM class on Tuesday & Thursday. Niños de la Naturaleza is held on a weekly basis: Tuesday & Thursday from 1:00-3:30 pm. Class hours can be extended to 12:00 - 3:30 pm by adding our optional 1-hour lunch extended care.
Niños de la Naturaleza- Bilingual NaturePlay PM is our Spanish/English bilingual preschool for curious learners who love outdoor games, art activities, songs, and hands-on scientific inquiry. We will practice the ABCs in both languages, discover different ecosystems, and help care for French Fry the turtle, and other animal friends who live at Avery House!
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 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 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.
Child Health and Safety
COVID Health and Safety Plan
Our COVID guidelines come from the State of Oregon Early Learning Division. All requirements for COVID-19 safety will be met and, whenever possible, the highest recommendations will be followed.
General Safety Measures
Adults are not allowed inside the facility, except in cases where you need to tend to your student for medical needs.
Students ages 5+ and staff will be required to wear masks. We will work with your student to provide mask breaks when needed.
Students must bring their own snack (and lunch if registered for Squirrel Lunch Munch). There will be no sharing of food.
Students and staff wash hands upon entry and exit of the building.
Activities & Scheduling
Snack times will be staggered to allow spacing out of students as they eat.
Shared toys, materials, and equipment will be limited, provided individually whenever possible, and frequently sanitized.
Our classroom, furniture, and toys/materials will be cleaned and sanitized daily.
Windows will be open and fans on whenever possible to promote air circulation.
The potty chair and sink will be sanitized between uses.
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. This information is due at the time of enrollment.
Schedule Options and Tuition
NaturePlay AM Schedule Options
NaturePlay AM class is from 9am- 12pm, not including extended care. Families can choose to enroll for 5, 3, or 2 days per week ($28/day).
5 days: Mon-Fri - $504/ month (10% discount)
3 days: MonWedFri - $336/ month
2 days: TuTh - $224/ month
We can occasionally accommodate alternate schedule requests. Please email us to inquire.
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 - $5/day
Squirrel Munch Lunch: 12-1pm - $5/day
Niños de la Naturaleza PM Schedule
Bilingual NaturePlay PM is from 1:00- 3:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
2 days: TuTh - $180/ month
Students cannot attend AM and PM class on the same day. However, Squirrel Lunch Bunch extended care may be a helpful option!
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 Day - January 17th
President’s Day - February 21st
Conferences - March 9th - 11th
Spring Break - March 21st - 25th
Memorial Day - May 30th
Weather-related closures will be announced via email.
Payment and Refund Policy
NaturePlay tuition invoices are sent via email each month, based on the number of days your child attends per week (see AM and PM class schedule options). Your payment amount will be the same each month except December, which is half of your usual monthly payment, and no payment is due in June. This accounts for all holidays. Payments are due the first week of each month.
There is a one-time annual registration & supply fee of $100 for either AM or PM class. This non-refundable fee secures your enrollment and is due at the time of registration.
Paypal: Monthly invoices will include a link for tuition payments using a credit card on PayPal. This is our preferred method of payment. Note: You do not need a PayPal account.
Credit card payments can also be made over the phone by calling our Corvallis Environmental Center office at 541-753-9211.
NaturePlay Preschool is staffed according to our monthly registrations and pre-planned, therefore missed days for sickness, vacation, or extreme weather conditions cannot be refunded. Registration is for the length of the school year or an otherwise agreed-upon time.
If you need to cancel your enrollment, please provide 30 days written/emailed notice (required). Upon written notice, you will receive your prorated invoice for the balance due. The annual $100 registration fee is non-refundable.
Corvallis Environmental Center office: (541)-753-9211
Avery House Nature Center
1200 SW Avery Park Dr.
Corvallis, OR 97333