Discovery Park Nature Kids

Nature Kids Preschool

The Discovery Park Visitor Center is currently closed due to Covid-19.

2021-2022 (and Beyond) Preschool Update 

Due to ADA renovations at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center (Visitor's Center) that necessitate the building, parking lot and surrounding areas to be closed, Nature Kids Preschool will not operate for the 2021-2022 preschool year. Given that the start and completion dates of renovations are in flux, we are uncertain when Nature Kids Preschool will re-open. We do not maintain waiting lists. Please continue to check this website for the most up-to-date information about re-opening, and about the registration process once a re-opening date is determined.  

We look forward to this important renovation work at the Center to increase accessibility, but we greatly regret that the center will be closed for so long. We will be closing pre-school registration on our registration portal, and will keep your contact information on file so we can reach out with updates. If you have any questions, please e-mail Becca.Reilly@seattle.gov.

Nature Kids Office (206) 386-4273

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

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

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.