Frequently Asked Questions
All Your Questions Answered About Our Parent/Child Classes
How do I sign up for a class?
Please go to the ENROLL tab and choose the class you would like to join. Complete the application and pay for the class and you are ready to go!
I signed up, now what?
If your class is meeting at Maples Park, please meet by the tree line behind the main house.
If your class is meeting at Blackacre, please meet in the field to the right of all the buildings.
If you are meeting at Tom Sawyer, please refer to your e-mail for the appropriate meeting location.
Leaders will arrive early for the first class and you should have no problem spotting them!
Arrive a few minutes early to ensure you have time to put on weather appropriate gear and walk to the meeting point.
Who do I contact with questions?
Please e-mail for any questions that are not answered on the website.
Once you have registered for a class, the cell phone number of your class leader will be provided in the case you need help finding the meeting spot.
I have more than one child, is there a discount for a second child in your parent/child classes?
Yes! We want everyone to enjoy the benefits of nature, so we are happy to give a 50% discount to a second participating child enrolled in the SAME class.
I have an infant that will not be participating in class, can they come with me?
Of course! Your infant can come to the class without charge. Once your child is able to participate in the class, we do ask that they are enrolled to join.
Can I bring a stroller?
Our meeting spots are always stroller friendly, although, some activities will require exploration into the forest at which point strollers may need to be left behind.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes! We want our classes to be available to all families, so we use our donations to provide scholarships to families in need. Please go to the About Us page if you are interested in donating.
What do I bring to class?
What to Bring
Appropriate Clothing for the Weather
Diaper Bag if needed
A blanket, towel or yoga mat to sit on the ground
Extras: bug spray, sunscreen, personal first-aid kit, extra clothing, hand sanitizer/wipes.
Your payment if you have not paid online.
Where are you located?
Our Parent and Toddler classes are currently being held at Blackacre State Nature Preserve, Maples Park, and Tom Sawyer. We will be adding more locations in the future.
What are the benefits of playing in nature?
Studies show that playing in nature has many benefits for child development, especially in these three key areas: physical and motor development, social and emotional development, and cognitive processing skills. Evidence shows that children are able to assess risk, develop muscle strength and coordination, and have improved immunity by playing outdoors in nature. Also, children will develop skills in leadership, grow in confidence, increase their ability to work as a team and show empathy for all living things. Playing in nature also provides children the ability to problem-solve, develop rich language, make connections, and persevere through a difficult task.
How long are your parent and child classes?
All parent and child classes last for one hour.
What should we wear?
Dress for the weather! This is a rain or shine class. We follow the popular Scandinavian phrase, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes." Class will only be cancelled if there are dangerous weather conditions. In winter, layers are important. This includes a warm base layer, wind/waterproof outer shell, hat, gloves, socks, and waterproof/resistant footwear. We will get muddy, if not wet, most days! As a caregiver, please remember that in the event of rain or snow, waterproof outer layers, including footwear, are necessary for you and your child. If you have enrolled in the preschool program you will receive more specific information as well.
I have older children that will not be participating in the class, can they attend?
We allow older siblings to attend only designated classes. Please refer to the enrollment page to find out which classes older siblings can attend. Older siblings can attend at no charge and stay on the family blanket or in our older sibling hang-out space. Our classes are designed for ages 1-5, so we ask that only enrolled children participate in the organized activities.