Discovery Park Nature Kids

Nature Kids Preschool

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

 
2021-2022 Preschool Update 

We are very sorry to report that we must cancel the Fall 2021 Nature Kids Pre-school at Discovery Park. We recently learned that ADA renovations at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center (Visitors Center) will necessitate the building, parking lot and surrounding areas to be closed this fall through February of 2022.

We look forward to this important renovation work at the Center, to make it accessible to all persons, but we greatly regret that the center will be closed for so long. We will be closing the registration on Active Net for pre-school but will keep all of your information on file so that we can reach out as soon as we are able to re-open. If you have any questions, please e-mail giovannina.souers@seattle.gov

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.

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.