Nature Preschool

What is Nature Preschool?

The Nature Preschool at Heart Centered Multi-Age is a child-centered outdoor preschool program held in partnership with the Slim Baker Foundation for Outdoor Education, Inc.  Our play-based curriculum is designed specifically for our youngest learners, ages 3 and 4.  

At Heart Centered Multi-Age, we believe that children learn best in a fun and exciting environment. We believe in the education of the the whole child, cognitively, physically, socially, and spiritually.  

Congitively - Children in the Nature Preschool develop congnitive skills such as literacy and numeracy, and a willingness to apply themselves in problem solving.

Physically - Children in the Nature Preschool develop physical competence through fine and gross motor play and building with one's own hands.

Socially, - Children in the Nature Preschool develop a sense of empathy, reciprocity and love of family, friends and others.

Spiritually - Children in the Nature Preschool develop a spiritual sense of unity between self and the natural world and all its creatures. *

*(Sobel 2015, 85)


Flexible Schedules

Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:30 Early morning drop off at HCMA's main location.

8:30 - 9:00 Children at HCMA prepare to leave for the Slim Baker Lodge

9:00 - 11:00 Morning Circle, introduction to the day: Learning Stations in the outdoor classroom, snack, small and large group investigations of weekly themes

11:00 - 1200 Indoor work time

12:00 -12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 1:00 Prepare to for pick up.


TWo Days Per Week

Children attend school on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.  

Cost: $2400 


Three Days Per Week

Children attend school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.

Cost: $3600


Four Days Per Week

Older children may attend school 4 days per week.  This option gives the child one day in the traditional HCMA classroom in addition to their time at Nature Preschool.

Cost: $4500

All Nature Preschool options require an additional $250 Supply Fee upon admittance.