Nature Immersion Programs

in Partnership with the Bethel Parks & Recreation Department 



Forest Kindergarten Program


Locations: Bethel Franc Preserve & Black Rock State Park

Ages: Children ages 3-7 years old and potty trained


Dates: September through May with rolling admission
Bethel Franc Preserve - Monday & Wednesday:  9:00am-11:45am

Black Rock State Park - Thursday: 9:00am-11:45am

Find Us Outside’s Forest Kindergarten  is open every school day from Labor Day to
Memorial Day except for Thanksgiving and winter break.  

Description: Children aged 3-7 will acquire the skills necessary to succeed in formal education and beyond. Children will be free to explore the nature preserve or state park to acquire skills with which they can build upon each time they return to our forest classroom.  To ensure a safe and fulfilling experience, each child will be closely observed using a 4:1, student: educator ratio.  Through hands-on exploration and repeated exposure to the diverse ecosystem concepts of Science, Technology (critical thinking as precursor to achieving technology), Environmental Education, Art, Mathematics (STEAM) as well as creativity, imaginative play, collaboration and numerous psychological and physical benefits of spending time in nature will blossom within each child over time. 


We explore in all safe weather, rain or shine.


Our program follows the American Forest Kindergarten Association (http://forestkindergartenassociation.org/)  criteria:
1. A minimum of 1-3 hours of unstructured free play in nature.
2. Flow Learning (aka Interest-led or Child-led) is implemented. Flow learning leads to emergent curriculum, the lessons that emerge when children are free explorers in nature.
3. Inquiry Based teaching is used. Teachers are there as guides (reflecting back awe and wonder in nature) and not the center of attention. Activities can be offered, but are not required.
4. Documentation of learning is collected primarily for teachers to reflect what children are responding to; i.e. social emotional growth, as well as what strategies are working or need work. It can also be shared with parents as a way to build family communication in addition to helping parents feel more comfortable in how they interact in nature with their children. In today’s data driven culture, the collection of documentation can provide anecdotal evidence as well as credibility for the school.


Program Fees*:  Each day is independent so families can sign up for any combination of days that work for their family.


Days Per WeekCost Per Month
1$155
2$300
3$435
4$560
5$675


 


Forest Friday Program

Location: Bethel Franc Preserve (160 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel, CT 06801) 

Ages: Children ages 4-12

Dates: Session 1: Friday, September 7, 14, 21, 28
             Session 2: Friday, October 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm


Description: Children aged 4 through 12 will explore the local preserve and have opportunities to
create forest art, wood craft with hand tools., sled, run skip, hide, listen, exercise mindfulness, bird watch,

dance, build stick and snow forts, make snowmen, track animals, identify trees by their leaves, needles,

bark, size, shape and placement in the forest and so much more while having the freedom to choose what they want to learn. 


We explore in all safe weather, rain or shine and will provide rain gear. The student to teacher ration will be no more than 6:1.

Program Fee: $110/month




 Winter Saturday Program



Location: Bethel Franc Preserve (160 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel, CT 06801 

Ages: Children ages 4-12

Dates: Program runs monthly from November - March. 

Time: 2pm - 4pm
 

Description: Children aged 4 through 12 will explore the local preserve and have opportunities to 
create forest art, wood craft with hand tools., sled, run skip, hide, listen, exercise mindfulness, bird watch, 
dance, build stick and snow forts, make snowmen, track animals, identify trees by their leaves, needles, 

bark, size, shape and placement in the forest and so much more while having the freedom to choose what they want to learn. 

We explore in all safe weather, rain or shine and will provide rain gear. The student to teacher ration will be no more than 6:1.


Program Fee: $110/month




Seedling Program


Locations: Meckauer Park, Bethel 

Ages:  1 & 2 year old with adult. Infant siblings are welcome.


Dates: September - November & April - June with rolling admission (Drop-in's are welcome with notice.)

Bethel: Wednesday's: 10am - 11am

Black Rock State Park: Please inquire about scheduling as we work on offering this wonderful program 
in the Black Rock State Park.


Description: The goal of Find Us Outside’s Seedling Program is to provide our community’s youngest learners

with age-appropriate classes in which to discover the wonders of nature alongside their caregiver. Find Us Outside facilitates nature-based activities as the seasons change before our eyes.  Nature walks, songs, stories and art projects are all part of the fun!

 This program is exclusively outdoor and is a perfect introduction to our approach to learning in our Forest Kindergarten.


Program Fee*: $15 per class/$55 monthly*





Summer Camp 

Location: Bethel Franc Preserve


Ages: 3 - 12


Dates: 

Session 1: August 13th - 17th
Session 2: August 20th - 24th 


Time:

9am - 12pm, ages 3 - 7

12:30pm - 3:30pm, ages 8 - 12



Description: Our camp programs allow children the advantages of free time in nature within the Bethel Franc Preserve. Children will be engaged in hands-on experiences, hikes, nature observations, crafts, experiments and activities such as fort building. Children will have ample free time to interact with and learn from the local ecosystem. 


We explore in all safe weather, rain or shine and will provide rain gear if needed. 


Program Fee: $160


*Please call to confirm pricing.  We want to work with you to find the best tuition and payment plan for your family.  



Homeschool Program


We work to provide homeschool families with learning opportunities that will enrich their homeschool

curriculum.


 Please contact us to learn more.










Please contact us anytime with questions/comments or to schedule a visit @ 203-491-0596 or info@findusoutside.org. 

We hope to Find You Outside! 


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