Now Enrolling for 2019-2020 School Year!

School starts September 3, 2019 and is out on May 21, 2020.

We offer a 3-hour morning or afternoon session, two or four days/week. 

To register or for more information, please email our Preschool Director:

Children see magic because they look for it

Special thanks to our KSAT friends from Norway for sponsoring our beautiful NEW Preschool room!

Special thanks to our KSAT friends from Norway for sponsoring our beautiful NEW Preschool room!


A Bold New Approach to Early Education

Stokes Nature Center is deeply committed to nurturing the next generation of nature stewards. That's why we founded the region's first nature preschool. Based on the Swiss innovation of "Forest Preschools" and the growing momentum of the No Child Left Inside movement.


Our Nature Preschool provides the freedom to explore and play in nature while following Montessori principles, ecological lessons, and school readiness curriculum. These methods give each child the opportunity to develop their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as the most important events in their lives.
— Thomas Berry
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2-Day Program: $175/month

4-Day Program: $350/month

Scholarships are available
For information on scholarships, email

Quick Look at the Program

Open to potty-trained 3-5 yr old children who are not yet enrolled in kindergarten.

Morning and Afternoon Sessions: 

Monday & Wednesday, Tuesday & Thursday or Monday - Thursday

9am – 12pm  or  12:30pm - 3:30pm

Follows the Logan City School District Calendar - September through May

Includes bi-weekly Music and Movement program and basic yoga practices

Optional monthly family field-trips

If you are interested in learning more about the nature preschool, and determining if it might be the right program for your child, please contact our Nature Preschool Director at


Our Curriculum

The Stokes Nature Center Nature Preschool is largely based on unstructured nature play, and the growing body of research demonstrating the positive impacts of this critical developmental time in the outdoors.  However, we do incorporate guided activities, both indoors and outdoors, designed to help your child use their senses, their words, and their friends to explore their natural surroundings.  We adhere to many of the tenets of the No Child Left Inside movement, which sprung from the writings of Richard Louv, a noted author and education activist who brought “nature-deficit disorder” into the worldwide spotlight with his widely acclaimed book Last Child in the Woods.  

Additionally, our preschool program incorporates many philosophies of the Montessori method, as well as Montessori style educational materials.

Finally, school readiness makes up a small portion of our program curriculum.  The preschool staff works to organically integrate alphabet awareness, counting and number fluency, and certain school-related social skills like taking turns and waiting in line.

In the end, our hope is to encourage each child's innate sense of wonder and curiosity about their natural environment. We spend as much time as possible outdoors and teach them that there is no such thing as "bad weather" as long as you have the right clothing. As they learn to feel comfortable outdoors in all seasons, they also establish a sense of belonging and caring for their world. As parents and teachers, we can give them so much by simply giving them time to find their place in nature.

Parent Handbook

2019-2020 Calendar



Joining our preschool family means you’re joining a cooperative effort.  We currently limit enrollment to 8 preschool students per session for a 4:1 student to teacher ratio, which means our participants are well supervised during outdoor play and exploration.  We rely upon our preschool families to participate as Parent Helpers, especially as Trail Chaperones on our walk to and from the preschool building.

All commitments to the preschool can be conducted either during regular preschool hours, or at home on your own time, so that you can decide how the nature preschool best fits into your schedule and daily life.  


Resources and Research

Research suggests that active exploration wires the brain, and helps kids develop powerful intuitions about concepts central to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

How Learning to Put on Rain Boots Leads to Academic Success

Koons Hubbard

When we encourage children to manage, with as little help as possible, their own outdoor gear and rain boots, they are developing not only motor dexterity and strengthening body awareness, but are also growing in confidence and self-sufficiency. They are learning not to give up when faced with new challenges. They are learning that even things that are difficult at first get easier with repetition. This is what leads to academic success.

A Parent’s Guide to Nature Play

Ken Finch

For countless generations, nature play has been a defining part of childhood. Yet only recently have we begun to grasp its powerful and positive impacts on children’s healthy growth and development.