Forest Friends Series

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The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center’s Forest Friends Series offers early-childhood, nature-based education for children and their parents from age 0 to 5. Each program is designed for specific developmental stages and works to integrate nature into the life of you and your child(ren) from the very beginning.

Nature Babies

ages 0 – 2 years

Tree Tots

ages 1 year (or walking) – 3 years

Forest Friends

ages 2 to 5 years

Nature Babies (ages 0 – 2 years)

Connect with your little one and the outdoors during KPNC’s one-of-a-kind Nature Babies classes. Nature Babies is designed to encourage caregivers to take their babies out into the natural world – a world rich with sensory input. Nature provides endless ways to interact with your little one; from traversing trails together, feeling the textures of leaves, playing peek-a-boo with trees, and much more. Once a week caregivers and their nature babies will set out to explore and play in the outdoors.

The classes will be loosely structured with teachers guiding caregivers in ways to learn and connect with their babies and nature. The morning will start with a meet & greet and an introduction to our theme for the week. Then, the class will set out on a short walk together to explore the forest.

Nature Babies classes are held every Wednesday from 9 to 10 am in warm months (Mar 17 thru Sep 29) and 10:30 to 11:30 am in cool months (Oct 7 thru Mar 10); and are free for KPNC Members. If you are not a member, you may join HERE, or bring just $5 for each class. Caregivers are welcome to wear their babies, carry them, or push them in a stroller.

Tree Tots (ages 1 year or walking – 3 years)

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Tree Tots is a nature-based-play class where children are encouraged to use their senses to explore their natural environment and learn together through play. Tree Tots builds on the nature-focused development children and caregivers experience with Nature Babies, but is also excellent for families new to the Forest Friends Series.

Caregivers are a vital part of the Tree Tots experience, fostering their child’s curiosity and helping them explore the great outdoors. Classes are loosely structured with teachers functioning as guides; asking questions to encourage wonder and allowing our Tree Tots to make choices throughout our journey.

Classes will begin with “circle time,” where we will get to know one another with a welcome song and brief discussion. We’ll continue with story time, focusing on the week’s theme, before setting out to play and learn as we go. Tree Tots is connected to and builds the foundation for Forest Friends, the next step in nature-education at the KPNC.

Each season, Tree Tots meets every Thursday for six weeks. Children will learn about a different topic each week of the 6-week session.

2021 Tree Tots Schedule

Winter

  • Registration Opens: Dec 7, 2020
  • Classes: Jan 14 – Feb 18
  • Time: 9:30 – 11 AM

Spring

  • Registration Opens: Feb 1
  • Classes: Mar 18 – Apr 22 (Thursdays) or Mar 21 – Apr 25 (Sundays)
  • Time: 9:30 – 11 AM

Summer

  • Registration Opens: Apr 20
  • Classes: May 20, Jun 10, Jul 8, Aug 5, & Aug 26 (enrollment in individual classes is available)
  • Time: 9 – 10:30 AM

Fall

  • Registration Opens: Aug 2
  • Classes: Sep 16 – Oct 21
  • Time: 9:30 – 11 AM

Winter Pop-ups

  • Registration Opens: Oct 25
  • Classes: Nov 18, 21, Dec 9, 12 (enrollment in individual classes is available)
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

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Sponsored by University Ace Hardware

Tree Tots is $60 per student for all 6 classes ($48 for members) (Summer classes are $12 each per student or $50 for all five classes). A discount of 10% is available for siblings living in the same household.

Forest Friends (ages 2 to 5 years)

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Forest Friends is an award-winning program offering unique, hands-on, nature-based education at the preschool level for children and their caregivers. This program is the third and final stage in the Forest Friends series, and whether you and your child have followed the entire series, or are just joining us for Forest Friends, the lessons learned here culminate in a meaningful and impactful connection to nature that will last the child’s life.

Each season, Forest Friends meets every Friday for six weeks. Children will learn about a different topic each week of the 6-week session.

2021 Forest Friends Schedule

Winter

  • Registration Opens: Dec 7, 2020
  • Classes: Jan 15 – Feb 19
  • Time: 9:30 – 11 AM

Spring

  • Registration Opens: Feb 1
  • Classes: Mar 19 – Apr 23
  • Time: 9:30 – 11 AM

Summer

  • Registration Opens: Apr 20
  • Classes: May 21, Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 6, & Aug 27 (enrollment in individual classes is available)
  • Time: 9 – 10:30 AM

Fall

  • Registration Opens: Aug 2
  • Classes: Sep 17 – Oct 22
  • Time: 9:30 – 11 AM

Winter Pop-ups

  • Registration Opens: Oct 25
  • Classes: Nov 19 & Dec 10 @ 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Nov 21 & Dec 12 @ 11:30 AM – 1 PM (enrollment in individual classes is available)

Sponsored by University Ace Hardware
Sponsored by University Ace Hardware

Forest Friends is $60 per student for all 6 classes ($48 for members) (Summer classes are $12 each per student or $50 for all five classes). A discount of 10% is available for siblings living in the same household.

All Forest Friends Series classes will be held at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center unless otherwise noted. The nature center is located at 2222 N. College Street near the AU Fisheries and Hwy 280. For more information, visit auburn.edu/preserve, email preserve@auburn.edu, or call 334-844-8091.