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 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 18 months and older 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, play in creeks and mud, and have a small snack.
Preschool Explorers : Older Three - five
Preschool Explorers is for older 3, 4 and 5 year old children who love to explore outdoors! This class is geared towards the growing preschool and kindergarten age child, however siblings are welcome to attend. Please register children ages 2 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, play in creeks and mud, and have a small snack. *Kindergarten children may attend either Preschool or Elementary Explorers.
Elementary Explorers : five - eight
Elementary Explorers is geared towards children ages 5-8 years old, but siblings are welcome to register as well. Please register children 2 years and older for their own class spot. We welcome Kindergartners and home school families that would like to join us for an afternoon of fun! Class starts and ends with a sharing circle, and in between we spend lots of time hiking, exploring, and enjoying hands on nature exploration. Elementary Explorers is geared towards those older children who are ready to hike further and climb higher! *Kindergarten children may attend either Preschool or Elementary Explorers.
Fall 2017 Registration for Little & Preschool Explorers is now open. Registration for Elementary Explorers will open Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 PM.
Registration is available online and is accepted in the order received. Space is limited and classes fill very quickly. If you are unsure which class would be best for your child, please email email@example.com PRIOR to registration. We are not typically able to accommodate changes once registration is complete. Please note, all withdrawals will include a $75 drop fee.
Session One classes will begin the week of September 5 and will continue for 7 weeks. The cost is $145. Credit Card payments will be collected at the time of registration.
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Fall 2017 Explorers Class Offerings
Little Explorers for older 1's - young 3's
- Tuesday from 10:30-11:45
- Wednesday from 10:15-11:30
- Thursday from 10:15-11:30
- Friday from 10:30-11:45
Preschool Explorers for older 3's - 5's
- Thursday from 12:45-2:15
- Friday from 12:45-2:15
Elementary Age Explorers 5's - 8's
- Tuesday from 12:45-2:15
- Wednesday from 12:45-2:15
Fall 2017 Explorers Registration
If all classes are full, please click the following link to register for our waitlist: Fall 2017 Explorers Waitlist