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The Audubon Nature Preschool offers nature-based, hands-on preschool programs for children 5 years of age and younger.
Traditional Drop-off Preschool Programs:
***Limited spots in 2015-2016 classes available***
Our 4 day AM and 4 day PM preschool classes are for children 3 to 5 years of age. Classes meet Mondays through Thursdays, September through May. Applicants for the 2015-2016 school year need to be 3 years of age by September 1, 2015.
Parent & Child Programs:
Our Parent-Tot class is for children aged 2 to 3 1/2 years and their favorite adults. Classes meet on Fridays and each student attends class with a parent or caregiver. Applicants for the 2015-2016 school year need to be 2 years of age by September 1, 2015.
Our Tagalong Thursday class is for children aged 4 and younger along with a parent or caregiver. Classes meet on Thursdays and take place entirely outdoors (weather permitting) on our 40-acre nature sanctuary. Sibling discounts offered for families enrolling more than one child in the class.
The Preschool is located in the Edwin Way Teale Learning Center at the Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Children benefit from exploring the natural surroundings of the 40-acre sanctuary, which offer endless opportunities for investigation and discovery. The children's education is enriched by programs led by Director Stephanie Bozzo, Classroom Teachers Ryan Frye, Amelia McLaughlin, Katrina Kugel and Ruth Polk, and ANS staff naturalists.
2016 Preschool Admissions
Come visit our school, meet our staff, and explore our grounds! No RSVP necessary. Children encouraged to attend. Please dress for outdoor exploration after a short visit in our classroom.
Applications are accepted year-round; however, applications received by February 15, 2016 will receive preference. Applications from current and active ANS members also receive preference. Acceptance letters are sent to parents in March.
Open House Dates
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9:30-11 am
Friday, December 11, 2015, 12-1 pm
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 9:30-11 am
Friday, February 5, 2016, 12-1 pm
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 9:30-11 am
Outdoor Preschools Take Children Into Living Classroom - NationalJournal
Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them. The Audubon Nature Preschool builds on children's inherent curiosity about the world by using hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical, and academic skill development. The 40-acre outdoor environment and Edwin Way Teale Learning Center serve as natural venues for language, artistic, and musical expression as well as scientific observations and discoveries. Our preschool teachers plan age-appropriate activities that integrate science, math, literacy, and the arts while encouraging cooperative learning and social competence.
|4-day AM class||4-day PM class||Parent-Tot class||Tagalong Thursdays|
|Hours||8:45 am - 11:45 am
arrival at 8:30 am)
|12:45 -3:15 pm||9:30 - 11:30 am||9:30 - 11 am|
Mondays through Thursdays
Mondays through Thursdays
|3 years by Sept. 1, 2016||3 years by Sept. 1, 2016||2 years by September 1, 2016||4 years and younger|
|Classroom size||Does not exceed
|Does not exceed
|Does not exceed
|Does not exceed 18 students|
A Child's Day in Nature
At the Audubon Nature Preschool, our goal is to facilitate the development of academic, social and physical skills through interactions with the natural world. The following quote by Edwin Way Teale, the naturalist for whom our children's Learning Center is named, exemplifies the type of connection with nature we strive to make with our students. In the quote, Teale asks you to look at life through the eyes of a Daddy long legs: Imagine walking on legs so long you could cover a mile in fifty strides! Imagine looking to either side through eyes set not in your head but in a ... hump in your back! Imagine yourknees, when you walked, working a dozen feet or more above your head.
~ Edwin Way Teale
Children unravel the wonders of the natural world through a balance of self- and teacher-directed activities. Each day at the Audubon Nature Preschool follows a familiar rhythm of indoor play, circle time, snack and outdoor investigations. On our 40-acre nature sanctuary, children explore ecologically diverse aquatic, forest, and meadow habitats. Watching birds from our bird blind, looking under logs for creepy-crawlies, and using nets to explore the pond enrich a curriculum that integrates science, math, literacy, and the arts. Cooperative learning and social competence are developed through group and individual activities. Follow our Blog
ANP in the News
» Force of Nature: A Chevy Chase preschool encourages learning outside the box,
Jan-Feb, 2012, Bethesda Magazine.
» Nature's Classroom, WAMU report of Audubon Nature Preschool, April 7, 2010 (scroll down to middle of page)
For Preschool Educators
Audubon Nature Preschool teachers presented "Growing Life-Long Planetpals: Instilling Earth-Friendly Values at Preschool" at the First Annual Nature Preschool Conference at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mill, Maryland in June 2012.
Please click links below for handouts.
Growing Life-Long Planetpals:
Instilling Earth-Friendly Values at Preschool
Stephanie Bozzo and Katie Rooney, The Audubon Nature Preschool
Learn from the experiences of others! Stephanie and Katie share nature-based curriculum ideas that cover all domains of development. Presenters showcase how The Audubon Nature Preschool educates young children and families about the importance of making choices that protect our health, air, water, land and wildlife. A sampling of age-appropriate, hands-on activities provides opportunities for participants to interact indoors and out. Activities are designed to foster life-long values of eco-consciousness, respect for all living things and each person's responsibility to care for the Earth. You will walk away with loads of lesson plan ideas for your program!