Natureplay Preschool


*Fall 2020 Updates*

NaturePlay will be operating as an Emergency Childcare Center (per state covid-19 guidance) and will take place Mon-Fri mornings 9am-12pm, with options for extended care of 8-9am OR 12-1pm. (Families cannot choose both.​)

2, 3 and 5 day options available! See below for pricing. 

We still have space! If you are interested in NaturePlay for Fall 2020, register below!

To know how we are keeping your child and our community safe, see our COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan.


Contact (541)-758-6198 or

About Us

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!


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

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. 

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.

Scheduling Options:

  • Choose a 2, 3, or 5 day schedule ($28/day)

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

    • 3 days: MWF — $336/month

    • 2 days:T/Th — $224/month​​

  • Choose an Extended Care Option ($5/day). Families can choose one, not both.

    • Early Birds 8-9am:  Help your NaturePlay teachers open up the classroom and start the day!  We will water the garden and houseplants, sing favorite NaturePlay songs, choose puzzles and toys to share, and feed the Avery House resident animals (guppies, turtles, frogs and more).  Options for student-lead art activities and free play.

    • ​Squirrel Munch Lunch 12-1pm:  Join us for lunch!  We will practice handwashing, nutrition, taking turns, and other self-care before we sit down together to eat.  After lunch, students are invited to participate in garden club, music and movement, and free play.  In cooperation with state guidelines, NaturePlay staff cannot prepare a shared lunch.  Students are invited to bring lunch from home.


Payment options:

  • Online via PayPal (preferred option)

  • Check dropped off at Avery House

    • Please include student’s name in the memo line


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.


2020-2021 School Year: 

First day - Wednesday September 16th

Last Day - Friday June 11th

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


Weather-Related Closures: 

Snow closures will be sent out via email.



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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