Now our popular Trail Trekkers summer programs for preschoolers are offered all year long, and best of all, they are free through the school year (with the exception of Maple Syruping). Preschool Trail Trekkers takes children and their parents on learning adventures with experienced naturalists. Hands-on activities, games, crafts, stories and songs make learning about nature interactive and fun. Note: This program is NOT intended for daycare or childcare groups! These groups should inquire about scheduling private preschool programming. Thank you!

2019-2020 Trail Trekkers

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dress for the outdoors in all seasons. We can’t wait to see you at the Nature Center!

Busy Buzzing Bees – September 11 & 14
Talking Trees – October 9 & 12
Fall Harvest, Winter Rest – November 13 & 16
Nocturnal Neighbors – December 11 & 14
Winter Water Wonders – January 8 & 11
Feet Beat – February 12 & 15
Maple Syruping – March 11 & 14
Senses Exploration – April 8 & 11
Sounds of Spring – May 13 & 16
Busy Buzzing Bees – September 11 & 14

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Development, 8.3 Small Motor Development, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.2 Engagement and Persistence, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.2 Patterns, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement

Honey is a sweet treat that the bees work all summer to make. Get to know the drone, worker, and queen bee. How do bees find nectar? How do they communicate with each other? Play a buzzing bee game. For preschoolers with adult. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities.

Talking Trees – October 9 & 12

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Development, 8.3 Small Motor Development, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.2 Engagement and Persistence, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.2 Early Literacy, 11.3 Early Writing, 12.2 Patterns, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement

Do you know that trees tell stories? Come learn the secrets of trees. Become the parts of a tree and discover the great things trees do for us. Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and explore forest habitats at the Nature Center. For preschoolers with adult. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities.

Fall Harvest, Winter Rest – November 13 & 16

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Development, 8.3 Small Motor Development, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.2 Engagement and Persistence, 9.3 Reasoning and Problem Solving, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.2 Early Literacy, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving

Hibernation, migration, and adaptation are the words of the day as we explore what different creatures do to get ready for winter! We’ll play animal games to see how well you can hibernate, and see who we can find still active outside. For preschoolers with adult. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities.

Nocturnal Neighbors – December 11 & 14

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Development, 8.3 Small Motor Development, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.2 Engagement and Persistence, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.2 Early Literacy, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving

Shine some light into nocturnal happenings. Who stays awake at night and sleeps during the day? Play games, listen to stories and explore the creatures of the night. For preschoolers with adult. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities.

Winter Water Wonders – January 8 & 11

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Development, 8.3 Small Motor Development, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.2 Engagement and Persistence, 9.3 Reasoning and Problem Solving, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.2 Early Literacy, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving

Investigate the wonders of water—snow and ice—in the winter. How does snow actually help plants and animals? Make sure to dress for the weather as we plan to spend time outside enjoying this beautiful season. For preschoolers with adult. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities.

Feet Beat – February 12 & 15

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Development, 8.3 Small Motor Development, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.2 Engagement and Persistence, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.3 Early Writing, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 13.1 Art

Creatures big and small leave their tracks and traces in the mud and snow — birds, squirrels, deer, rabbits, mice and more! Go on a tracking walk, learn about food chains, and make an animal track craft. For preschoolers with adult. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities.

Maple Syruping – March 11 & 14

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Development, 8.3 Small Motor Development, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.2 Engagement and Persistence, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.2 Early Literacy, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 14.1 Awareness of Family and Community, 14.2 Awareness of Culture, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which they live, 14.4 Awareness of Past

This unique, fun activity can only be experienced in late winter! Listen to Native American legends, tap a tree, and visit the sugarhouse to see how sap is made into delicious maple syrup. The hour ends with a taste of our real maple syrup on ice cream! For preschoolers with adult. $4 per person ages 3 and above. Dress for outdoor activities.

Senses Exploration – April 8 & 11

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Development, 8.3 Small Motor Development, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.2 Engagement and Persistence, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 9.3 Reasoning and Problem Solving, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.2 Patterns, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving

Warm up all of your senses – smell, feeling, looking, listening and even tasting. Use your scientific detective tools to explore the nature center in the springtime! For preschoolers with adult. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities.

Sounds of Spring – May 13 & 16

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Development, 8.3 Small Motor Development, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.2 Engagement and Persistence, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.2 Early Literacy, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement

As the weather warms up, so does the frog chorus! Listen for frogs at the wetlands. Learn about the frog life cycle and special frog features, sing frog songs, and go on a frog watching hike. For preschoolers with adult. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities.

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