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. 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

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.


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.


Fall 2019 Session 2 - Registration Opens Sept 24 at 8 PM

Fall 2019 Session 2 Explorers is a 6-week session and will meet the weeks of October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19, December 3, and December 10. Each class has a 14 child capacity and is $150. After September 24 at 8:00 PM, please register by clicking on the links below. (These links will be nonfunctional until September 24 at 8:00 PM.) A $75 cancellation fee will be applied to all drops prior to class starting.  No refunds are offered after October 28.


Fall Session 1 Registration

Little Explorers


Combo little & big explorers


Big Explorers


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