Valley Parent Preschool
A Special Place to Grow



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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 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. Class locations often repeat from session to session as the seasons change the landscape and surroundings each time. It's always a new adventure!

A class for every age and stage

Standard offerings

Explorers classes are usually broken into two age groups: Little Explorers for walking toddlers through young 3's and Big Explorers for older 3's through age 8. Some classes are offered as a Little & Big Explorer combination. 

Little Explorers : walking toddlers - young 3's

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 : Ages 3 to 8

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.

Periodic offerings

In addition to our standard Explorers classes, we periodically offer two types of one-session Explorers classes: Great Adventures, including our Full Moon Night Hikes, and Extreme Explorers. Great Adventures are typically offered for both Little & Big Explorers age groups, while Extreme Explorers are usually recommended for older children ages 3 and up who are ready for longer, more rigorous adventures!

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Great Adventures

Great Adventures are one-day Explorers classes, offered for both Little Explorers and Big Explorers age groups. Classes usually run 1.5 hours and meet at a variety of locations in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Baby siblings under 18 months old are welcome to attend at no cost in a sling or carrier. All children older than 18 months old should have their own spot in a Great Adventures class.


Extreme Explorers

Extreme Explorers classes are for kiddos and parents who are ready to hike further and add in some larger hills, and the later afternoon time makes it perfect for elementary school families.  Please register all children ages 3 and up for their own space, and younger siblings may attend at no cost.


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.

Spring 2018 Class offerings & Registration

The Explorers Spring 2018 Session is now open. All standard Explorers class offerings are full, but we are excited to offer several one-day Great Adventues and Extreme Explorers classes this session as well. Please click the links below to learn more and register.

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Explorers Extreme


If the class you would like to register for is full, please click the following link to sign up for our waitlist: Explorers Waitlist (All Classes)