Valley Parent Preschool
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An Outdoor Nature Program

Explorers is Valley Parent Preschool's outdoor nature program and is a series of classes designed for children and their parent or caregiver to explore the great outdoors together. Each session allows parents and their children to spend time outside together (rain or shine!) while enjoying age appropriate songs, stories, games, art, and hikes at local nature areas. Classes are open to all families in the community as well VPP members.

Parents or caregivers stay and participate with their child during the full class. Rain gear is suggested for children and parents as we're outside in all sorts of weather and often explore creeks and in the mud. A list of class locations will be sent out a week prior to the start of class, however almost everywhere we go is within 35 minutes of VPP. Class locations often repeat from the fall, winter, and spring sessions as the seasons change the landscape and surroundings each time. It's always a new adventure!

A class for every age and stage

Little Explorers : walking toddlers - young three

We have found children enjoy the class most when they are able to walk quite a ways on their own and enjoy being in nature in all types of weather.  Baby siblings are welcome to attend at no cost in a sling or carrier.  No older siblings please.  Please register children who are walking for their own spot in class Classes are an hour and fifteen minutes and start and end with a short circle time where we sing songs and enjoy a story together.  During class we take short hikes, play simple games, enjoy nature and art activities, and play in creeks and mud.

Big Explorers : Three to eight

Big Explorers is for 3 - 8 year old children who love to explore outdoors!  This class is geared towards the growing preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary age child, however siblings are welcome to attend.  Please register children ages 18 months and older for their own class spot.  Classes are an hour and a half and start and end with a circle time where we sing songs and enjoy a story together.  During class we take hikes, play games, enjoy nature activities, and play in creeks and mud.

VPP is a leader in early childhood education and pictures taken during class may be used for both teaching and marketing purposes. Please contact with any questions.

Winter 2018 Session - Registration open

    Winter 2018 Session is a 7 week program and costs $150.  All withdrawals prior to class starting will include a $75 drop fee, and no refunds are given for drops after the session has begun.

    Class Offerings

    Winter 2018 Session will begin the week of January 16 and will continue for 7 weeks. Class days and times will be:

    Big Explorers for 3's - 8's

    • Wednesday from 12:45-2:15
    • Thursday from 12:30-2:00
    • Friday from 9:45-11:15 (combo little & big)
    • Friday from 12:30-2:00

    Little Explorers for older 1's - young 3's

    • Tuesday from 10:30-11:45
    • Wednesday from 10:30-11:45
    • Thursday from 10:00-11:15
    • Friday from 9:45-11:15 (combo little & big)


    Click the images below to register for Explorers, Winter 2018 Session. Clicking an image takes you directly to the registration form, where you will be asked to enter your child's information and submit a credit card payment. Please contact with any technical questions.

    Little Explorers for older 1's - young 3's

    Big Explorers for 3's - 8's

    Combo Little & Big Explorers for 1's - 8's


    If the class you would like to register for is full, please click the following link to sign up for our waitlist: Winter 2018 Explorers Waitlist