The Schuylkill Center Nature Preschool immerses children ages 3-5 in nature and the outdoors, while preparing them for the intellectual, social, emotional and physical challenges of kindergarten.

Scientific research in early childhood development is revealing the critical connection between time spent in nature and a child’s developing brain. Immersive time in nature fosters a child’s intellectual, emotional, psychological and physical growth.

"The joy of discovery, the thrill of adventure and the peace of being in nature are a part of the children’s everyday experience at Nature Preschool."
- Gail Farmer, Schuylkill Center Director of Education

The Schuylkill Center Nature Preschool will give your child the nature they need, while fully preparing them for school. Our classroom opens directly onto our 340-acre nature preserve, giving children a unique opportunity to explore and learn about their relationship to the natural world in a risk-managed environment.

Nature Preschool at a Glance

  • Nature-based
  • Multi-age classrooms
  • Progressive approach
  • Child-centered
  • Emergent curriculum
  • Active learning through play
  • Reggio inspired environments - Great attention is given to the look and feel of our classroom. We work to create environments that display meaning and beauty, invite play and discovery, and promote exploration and investigation.
  • Life skills development and community building to promote social development and skills such as conflict resolution.
  • Diversity and multiculturalism - Our program supports children in gaining an appreciation and respect for the differences and similarities among us.

The Schuylkill Center Nature Preschool is an equal opportunity care provider.


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