Forest Friends Series

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The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center’s Nurtured in Nature 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

Recommended ages walking to 2 years

Forest Friends

Recommended ages 3 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 10:30 to 11:30 am 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 (recommended ages walking to 2 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 Nurtured in Nature 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 or Sunday for six weeks (Summer session is four weeks). Children will learn about a different topic each week of the 6-week session.

2023 Tree Tots Schedule

Winter

  • Registration Opens: Dec 5
  • Classes on Thursday’s Jan 19- Feb 23
  • Classes on Sunday’s Jan 22-Feb 26
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Spring

  • Registration Opens: Feb 20
  • Classes on Thursday’s Apr 13 – May 18
  • Classes: Sunday’s Apr 16-May 21
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Summer

  • Registration Opens: May 15
  • Classes on Thursday’s June 15, June 22, July 13 and July 20
  • Classes on Sunday’s June 18, June 25, July 9 and July 16
  • Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Fall

  • Registration Opens: August 1
  • Classes on Thursday’s Sep 7-Oct 12
  • Classes on Sunday’s Sep 10-Oct 15
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

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

Forest Friends (recommended ages 3 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 Nurtured in Nature 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 or Sunday for six weeks (Summer session is four weeks). Children will learn about a different topic each week of the 6-week session.

2023 Forest Friends Schedule

Winter

  • Registration Opens: Dec 5
  • Classes: Fridays, Jan 20 – Feb 24
  • Classes: Sunday’s Jan 22- Feb 26
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Spring

  • Registration Opens: Feb 20
  • Classes: Fridays, Apr 14 – May 19
  • Classes: Sunday’s Apr 16-May 21
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Summer

  • Registration Opens: May 15
  • Classes on Friday’s June 16, June 23, July 14, and July 21
  • Classes on Sunday’s June 18, June 25, July 9 and July 16
  • Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Fall

  • Registration Opens: August 1
  • Classes on Friday’s Sep 8-Oct 13
  • Classes on Sunday’s Sep 10-Oct 15
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

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

All Nurtured in Nature 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.