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Explorers

Explorers

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 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 Explorers Session II

Fall Session II is a 6 week program and the cost is $126. Classes will take place the weeks of October 23, October 30, November 13, November 27, December 4, and December 11.

Fall Explorers Session II Class Offerings

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

  • Monday from 10:30-11:45
  • Tuesday from 10:30-11:45
  • Thursday from 10:15-11:30
  • Friday from 10:15-11:30

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

  • Monday from 12:45-2:15
  • Tuesday from 12:45-2:15

Registration

    Registration for our Fall Explorers Session II classes will begin Monday, October 2 at 8:30 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 sarah@valleyparent.org PRIOR to registration.  We are not typically able to accommodate changes once registration is complete.  Please note, all withdrawals prior to class starting will include a $75 drop fee.  No refunds are given for drops after the session has begun. Credit card payments will be collected at the time of registration.

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

    Click the buttons below to register (registration opens Monday, October 2 at 8:30 PM). Each button opens a new window (make sure pop-up blockers are disabled!) and takes you directly to the registration form, where you will be asked to enter your family's information and submit a credit card payment. Please note that the buttons below will take you to a non-working page until registration opens. Contact webmaster@valleyparent.org with any technical questions.

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

    Preschool Explorers for older 3's - 5's

    Elementary Age Explorers 5's - 8's

    If all classes are full, please click the following link to register for our waitlist: Explorers Fall Session II Waitlist

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