Discovery Park Nature Kids

Nature Kids Preschool

For the 2016-2017 preschool year, we have openings in a class that meets 2 days/week (T/Th).  If you would like to apply (or be placed on the waiting list for any other class for the 16-17 school year), please submit an application.  Once we receive your application, we will place your child on the waiting list.  We will contact you only if a spot becomes available and your child's name is next on the waiting list.  Information about the 2017-2018 preschool year will be available by January 2017.

Download the 2016-2017 Application Form

Contact Information

Nature Kids Office (206) 386-4273

Trixie Magsarili, Nature Kids Director
trixie.magsarili@seattle.gov

Erika Peterson, Nature Kids Assistant Director
erika.peterson@seattle.gov

The best way to reach us is via e-mail or phone! We are busy during the school day teaching, so we are not always able to answer questions if you drop-by.

For employment opportunities, our job postings for Nature Kids Preschool and summer Nature Day Camp are posted on the Associated Recreation Council website.

Program

Children develop their creative arts abilities in a variety of ways. We make an art or craft project and do a movement activity each day, and look for inspiration in nature as we explore outside. We believe that all children are artists and encourage self-expression through visual arts, song, movement, and dance.

Math is taught using resources such as blocks, sorting materials, and cooking activities. These resources are used for learning about classifying, patterns, sequences, adding, and subtracting. Math is also incorporated in the time we spend outdoors, using nature as the basis for learning about math.

Children investigate science in conjunction with creative arts and math with an emphasis on nature and ecology. Discovery Park itself serves as our living classroom to learn about science, whether through observing different types of weather or gaining an understanding of the life cycle of a tree by planting seeds and walking through the forest. Science is nature based and hands on.

Language arts are emphasized through all areas of preschool. Children are encouraged to tell stories, sing songs, listen to books, create their own books, act in plays, practice new words, and create their own silly words.

Finally, Nature Kids is a play based preschool. Creativity, imagination, and respect for others and the world around us are important aspects of the program. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace through active play and discovery time. We recognize and celebrate the ever changing world of the preschooler in all areas of Nature Kids.

Fees

The Nature Kids Preschool year runs from mid September-mid May.  Fees are broken down into monthly payments and are due by the 25th of each month in order to maintain your child’s place during the next month.

  • 2 days/week (meets TTH): $238/month
  • 3 days/week (meets MWF): $355/month
  • 5 days/week (meets M-F): $533/month

Scholarships are available. Please contact Discovery Park staff for scholarship application process.

We have two different class options:
A morning class that meets from 9:15 a.m-12:45 p.m. and an afternoon class that meets from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Requirement For Enrollment for 2016 - 2017:

Children must be age 3 by August 31st, 2016 and must be potty-trained by the start of school (no pull-ups or diapers).

(We only accept applications from children who are eligible to enroll for the upcoming school year. We do not have waiting lists for future years.)

Philosophy

Nature Kids Preschool provides an enriching, fun, child-centered program for children ages three to five. Our goal is to nurture the emotional, social, physical, and academic growth of children by providing hands-on experiences in the classroom and outdoors. These experiences all take place within a loving, creative, and respectful environment.

We use an experiential approach to learning, with a variety of materials for children to see and touch both in the classroom and outdoors. We engage all parts of a child's development through activities such as science experiments, arts and crafts, music, movement, and stories.

Nature Kids uses a thematic approach to learning. Each week we focus on a different theme in order to explore the world around us and develop an emerging awareness of our ever-changing environment. The aspects of learning that we focus on are: creative arts, science, math, language, and movement. For example, when learning about habitats, children might paint a habitat for a bird in the art area, observe ants at work building their nest in the science and math areas, read and make a book about a habitat in the language arts area, and act out what an animal needs for a healthy habitat in the movement area. Songs, stories, and games are incorporated into each day to explore the week's theme.