Natureplay Preschool


For over 18 years the Corvallis Environmental Center’s preschool program at Avery House Nature Center has striven to facilitate 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.

"Avery House was such a magnificent and positive experience for our entire family. We are deeply appreciative of CEC and all the incredible staff who gave [our son] so many wonderful friendships, memories and experiences." - Natureplay Parent

Our facility is located in Avery Park (by the train) and has access to native plant gardens, old growth forests, a riparian ecosystem and hiking trails, playground areas, and seasonal wetlands—providing fun learning opportunities year round!

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year:


Contact Avery House Nature Center Manager, Nima Boyer at (541)-758-6198 or by email at


Why NaturePlay?  Nature-Based Curriculum: Preparing for Kindergarten

What could be better than stomping in puddles, collecting leaves, and playing in nature?  We spend time outside everyday, 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.  Math concepts, science experiments, and early literacy are integrated throughout the curriculum. We learn the alphabet through nature’s themes, and identify letter sounds and small words as students are ready.  Through discovery and play, students have a warm classroom space in which to practice sharing with others and following a routine. Our engaging lessons help students prepare for kindergarten, build important life skills, and foster a love for the environment.


Classroom Environment and Healthy Snack Choices 

Daily learning activities include opening circle with movement activities and songs, science and art lessons, snack and story time, 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. 


Every day, we serve a healthy and hearty organic and locally grown (as often as possible) snack while honoring all dietary or allergy needs. We believe that good wholesome nutritious food is essential in setting the stage for a positive learning experience.

Program Staff and Child Safety

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.


Tuition, Class Schedule, and Payment Options

Enrollment in the program is monthly and based on the number of days a child attends per week (scheduling options below). 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 the NaturePlay Preschool (AM) class, and $40 for Ninos de Naturaleza (PM).


Scheduling Options:

Note: Rates below are for the 2020-2021 school year.


NaturePlay Preschool for ages 3-5 meets 9am-12pm (M-F) - $28/day

  • Students can choose a M-F, MWF, or T/Th schedule

    • ​5 days: M-F — $504 /month (10% discount)

    • 3 days: MWF — $336/month

    • 2 days:T/Th — $224/month

  • Extended care options:

    • You may only register for one, not both. Maximum time on-site for each student cannot exceed 4 hours (i.e. 8-12 or 9-1).

    • Early care add-on option 8-9am - $6/day

      • Arrive to a smaller group for free play, games, reading, art, and student led science.

    • Lunch bunch add-on option 12-1pm - $8/day

      • Includes whole foods lunch! Eat with your buddies and enjoy free play time after lunch.


Niños de la Naturaleza (Bilingual NaturePlay) for ages 4-6 meets 1-3:30pm (T/Th) - $200/month.


Payment options:

  • Check (preferred method) dropped off in Avery House Payment Dropbox

    • Please include student’s name in the memo line

  • PayPal

  • Credit Card during registration


What to Bring to NaturePlay Preschool

We will be going outside EVERY day for at least an hour- rain, snow, wind, or shine! 


Please bring and label with your child’s name:

  • A weather appropriate jacket for your child

  • One extra set of clothes (socks, underwear, pants, and shirts) that can be kept in the classroom throughout the year

  • A reusable water bottle

  • Waterproof boots for everyday outside

    • Flip flops or open-toed sandals are not permitted


We have some extra clothes and boots on hand but the selection is limited.


Attendance & Refund Policy

Avery House 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 notice (required). Upon written notice, you will receive your prorated invoice for balance due.


2019-2020 School Year

There will be no class on:

  • Veterans Day – November 11, 2020

  • Thanksgiving Holiday – November 28-29, 2019

  • Winter Break – December 16, 2019 – January 3, 2020

  • Martin Luther King Day – January 20, 2020

  • Spring Break – March 23-29, 2020

  • Memorial Day – May 25, 2020


2020-2021 School Year: 

We follow the Corvallis School District Schedule for Holidays and Winter and Spring Breaks.  

First day - Monday September 14th

There will be no class on:

  • Conferences - November 5th - 6th 

  • Veterans Day -  November 11th

  • Thanksgiving Break - November 25th – 27th

  • Winter Break - December 18th – January 1st

  • Martin Luther King Day - January 18th

  • President’s Day - February 15th

  • Conferences - March 11th - 12th

  • Spring Break - March 22nd – 26th

  • Memorial Day - May 31st

  • Last Day  - Friday June 11th


Weather-Related Closures: 

We will follow the Corvallis School District schedule for snow closures and will send out emails to confirm our closure and cancellation of preschool.



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. Click HERE for our 2019 Immunization rates.

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