Discovery Park Nature Kids

Nature Kids Preschool

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 or the 2022-2023 preschool year.

We are planning to offer Nature Kids Preschool for the 2023-2024 school year, once ADA renovations of the buildings and surrounding areas are complete. We do not maintain waiting lists. Please check this site in early 2023 for updates.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Becca.Reilly@seattle.gov.

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.