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Discovery Park Nature Kids

Nature Kids Preschool

Nature Kids for the 2023-2024 School Year

Discovery Park will operate Nature Kids Preschool beginning Monday, September 11, 2023 through Wednesday, June 14, 2024. Please note that the Discovery Park Visitor Center and adjacent areas are currently closed for construction, so there are no Open Houses or tours available.

Discovery Park Nature Kids Preschool will be available in both morning and afternoon sessions, each running for 3.5 hours per day. “Nature Kids ANT class” (a.m.) will run from 9:30am-1:00pm and “Nature Kids CATERPILLAR class” (p.m.) will run from 11:30am-3:00pm.

Registration Date:

Registration for 2023-2024 has been pushed one week to allow families additional time to plan. registration now begins on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at noon. Please create an ActiveNet account if you have not already done so, and/or ensure your account information is up to date. We recommend adding/updating a method of payment which will help expediate the registration process. 

At the time of registration, only register for the month of September. This allows you to secure a spot for the entire school year; you will not be able to register for October through June.

Age Requirements

Children must be age three by August 31, 2023, to enroll for the 2023-2024 school year. If a child turns three any time after that date, they are eligible for the 2024-2025 school year. Children must also be able to self-toilet without the use of pull-ups or diapers upon registration.

Payment Deposits

Both “Nature Kids ANTS” (AM) and “Nature Kids CATERPILLAR” (PM) will be offered

  • 2 days per week (Tuesdays/Thursdays) for $354.00 per month
  • 3 days per week (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays) for $531.00 per month
  • 5 days per week (Mondays through Fridays) for $885.00 per month

A $25 non-refundable deposit will be due at the time of registration for both the “2 days” and “3 days” preschool option.

Anyone wishing to register for the “5 days per week” option must enroll for both “2 days” and “3 days" options at the time of registration, and pay a $25 non-refundable deposit for each. Spots are first come, first served.

Full Payment

Full payment for the month of September (minus the non-refundable deposit paid at registration) will be due on August 1st, 2023. Full payment for the following months of October through June will be due 14 days prior to the first of each month thereafter.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

Seattle Parks and Recreation has scholarships (financial aid) available to individuals and families for our programs and activities. Scholarships are based on income and family size and are available to anyone who qualifies. Additional information and scholarship applications for 2023-2024 should be available online early next week. Learn more about Scholarships & Financial Aid.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Discovery.Park@seattle.gov or call (206) 386-4236.

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.

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Interim Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813
pks_info@seattle.gov

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