Summer Garden Session

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This summer, give your child the joy of learning outdoors! Join the Forest Playschool—a year-round, outdoor preschool—for our Summer Garden Session, where kids will enjoy relaxed program of garden work, art and play. The forest will be bustling with life of every kind during the beautiful Midwestern summer. Help your child experience the amazing vitality of the growing season in our part of the world!

During Summer Garden Session, children will:

  • Tend to and watch garden plants grow

  • Pick veggies from the garden, chop and cook them

  • Use natural materials for art projects

  • Learn to safely navigate the risks the outdoor world

  • Flourish

Outdoor play has been shown time and again by researchers to benefit the health and development of all children. Sticks and dirt and rocks and plants are the original toys, providing endless fuel for their creative fires. Yet these natural joys are too often forgotten in a world of screens and walls. The Forest Playschool returns children to a natural setting, where their deeply rooted instinct to learn through play is given space to flourish.

When does summer garden session run?

Summer Garden Session is a weekly program, running every week between Monday, July 8 through Friday, August 16. The drop-off program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, and is open to children from ages three to eight. The parent-child program runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is open to children from ages infant to three. 

Tuition for 2019 Summer Camp Drop-off program are as follows:

  • 1 week: $230

  • 2 weeks: $449

  • 3 weeks: $658

  • 4 weeks: $857

  • 5 weeks: $1,046

  • 6 weeks: $1,224

  • 7 weeks: $1,392

Siblings ages 3-8 will receive a discount of 10% for the drop-off program.

Tuition for 2019 Summer Camp Parent-Child program are as follows:

  • 1 week: $205

  • 2 weeks: $400

  • 3 weeks: $585

  • 4 weeks: $760

  • 5 weeks: $980

  • 6 weeks: $1,080

Siblings under 3 can attend for $25/week.

What does my child need to attend?

Your child will need:

  • Water sandals with thick socks or rain boots, depending on the weather

  • Rain jacket

  • Swimsuit or swim diaper

  • Light cotton long pants or knee length shorts

  • T-shirt or tank top

  • Loose long-sleeved button shirt

  • Light backpack with water bottle, extra clothes, and lunch

  • Sun hat

What about ticks?

Over the past few years, there has not been a significant tick problem at our site. Additionally, the Nature Center has been running an (excellent) summer camp in their forest for many years, and there has never been a tick problem. This is frankly surprising because there are plenty of deer at both sites. Therefore, it is best to think of the many deer/no ticks situation as a kind of strange miracle, and refrain from taking it for granted. Kids should be tick-checked every day after our session, but we do not anticipate difficulties, based on past summers.

What else should I know?

  • Please budget time to thoroughly sunscreen and bug spray your child at drop-off.

  • Toddlers and babies must wear a swim diaper in the water pools

How do I sign up?

Enrollment for the Forest Playschool 2019 Summer Garden Session will be open Monday, February 4, 2019 to current Forest Playschool families. Enrollment for all families on the waitlist will begin Monday, February 11, 2019. Open enrollment to the public will start on Monday, February 18, 2019. At that time, a link to the enrollment application will be posted on this page.

Tuition is non-refundable and must be paid in full at the time of enrollment. A processing fee of $75 will be applied to any family that has not paid the $75 waitlist application fee.