Let nature be your classroom! Springbrook preschool programs are specially designed to allow preschoolers to explore the natural world in a way that makes sense -- through play. With a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities, we will help your young learners engage with the world around them in ways that are developmentally appropriate. We intend to ignite curiosity, encourage wonder, and help young learners make connections in nature.
Our in person instruction looks a little different during a pandemic. We are limited numbers of participants, we are teaching outside only, and are requiring a day-of waiver and health screening for each participant. Please contact the nature center directly to discuss how we can work with you to create a meaningful environmental education experience during the 2020-2021 school year. Please note: All participants and teaching staff are asked to remain masked during the program.
Frogs! Toads! Salamanders! Learn about these amazing cold-blood critters and the incredible transformation they perform through games, stories, activities, and meeting one our resident amphibians.
Bees and Butterflies
This class is the Bee’s Knees! Did you know bees don’t have knees? You will once you learn about how important Minnesota’s smallest pollinators are.
Birds come in all sorts of different sizes, shapes, and colors! From engineering nests to unique songs and eating habits, let us take you under our wing as we learn what it is to be a bird in Minnesota!
The leaves are changing and the air is crisp. Fall is a great time to be in nature. There are plenty of discoveries to be made outside. Animals and plants are getting ready for winter.
Raise your hand if you’re a mammal. Fur, Check!, Warm, Check! Not hatched from an egg, Check! Learn more about yourself and some of the other mammals that call Minnesota home!
How are reptiles different from other animals? Learn about reptiles through games, stories, activities, and more. Students will have the opportunity to visit with a live reptile.
Nature is waking up from winter. There are new leaves, fresh smells, and baby animals! Let’s explore this season together. Possible topics include migrating animals, flowers, and pollinators.
Brrrr, it’s cold outside! Let’s bundle up and see what’s happening this winter. Learn how animals survive the cold, how our habitats change, and learn how to beat the winter blues with some silly snow activities.
Preschool programs are written for children ages 3-5.
Preschool programs are 60 minutes in length. You are welcome to explore the other amenities Springbrook has to offer outside of your program time. Amenities include: hiking trails, nature play area, exhibit room, amphitheater, and picnic shelter.
We Go Outside
We will bring students outside (unless dangerous) for at least a portion of your class, dress appropriately.
Preschool programs are $4 per student, no charge for chaperones. ($40 minimum per class)
Payment in full is due on the day of your program. Springbrook Nature Center accepts: Cash, Check, and Credit Card.
Please call to book your program with the following information: name, address, phone number, number of participants, program topic, arrival time, and special needs or requests.