Who: Geared for ages 0 to 5 ~ All family members and caregivers welcome! Cost: Free for everyone Group size: 12 to 15 families; registration is first come, first serve. Requirements: Classes take place rain or shine! Please register only if you know you are going to make it. Caregivers/Adults are responsible for their child(ren) and must remain on site during the event.
MARCH 2024 Teacher: Fungi (aka Teacher Jamaal) When: Thursday, March 28th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: Salmon Center in Belfair Theme: Birds and Bird Watching APRIL 2024 Teacher: Ms. Robin When: Wednesday, April 17th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: Madrona Trails Park -- meeting at the YMCA Playground Theme: Light and Shadow in the Forest **Registration will open March 28th for this class
MAY 2024 Teacher: Fungi (aka Teacher Jamaal) When: May TBD 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: TBD Theme: Beach Exploration **Registration will open April 17th for this class
JUNE 2024 Teacher: Ms. Robin When: Wednesday, June 12th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: Forest Ridge Park Theme: Exploring the Forest with our Senses **Registration will open May TBD for this class.
Everyone has a place in nature together. Come join us for a Family Nature Play Class and be creative and curious with your family outside, in any weather. In the spirit of an emergent-based curriculum, children and parents or caregivers will visit a rotation of parks in Kitsap and Mason Counties where they will refine their observation skills through play, stories, songs and hikes.
The class starts with free play supplemented with a few optional activities that focus on developing fine and gross motor skills, opportunities for problem solving, and scientific observation. Free play is followed by a welcome circle and introduction to our weekly theme, and from there we move into a hike to observe our theme closer and connect with outside. After our hike we will settle down as a group for a song and story that brings us back to our theme for that day. To end our time together children can offer up any exciting discoveries they have had, and as an option they can document it in a nature journal through drawing, writing wherever their skills are at. However, if children feel more led to play, then play they shall, before we head up as group to the start of our journey.