Audubon Nature Preschool

8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase, MD 20815 | | 301-652-9188

Overview of school type:

  • Full and half day / part time with early drop-off options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Nature-based, play-based, emergent curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: ASL and Spanish (occasional)

Profile: Our goal at the Audubon Nature Preschool is to facilitate the development of academic, social, and physical skills through interactions with the natural world by using hands-on, nature-based activities. Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them.

The Audubon Nature Preschool builds on children’s inherent curiosity. Children unravel the wonders of the natural world through a balance of self- and teacher-directed activities. Each day follows a familiar rhythm of outdoor investigations and explorations, indoor play, circle time snack, and story. On our 40-acre nature sanctuary, children explore ecologically diverse aquatic, forest, and meadow habitats. Watching birds from our bird blind, looking under logs for creepy-crawlies, and using nets to explore the pond enrich a curriculum that integrates science, math, literacy, and the arts. Cooperative learning and social competence are developed through group and individual activities. We offer traditional drop-off programs as well as parent-child programs. There are programs for children ages 6 years old and younger.

Class offerings:

  • Parent-child programs:
    • Acorns (4 years old and younger): Thursdays, 9:30–11 a.m., all outdoor program
    • Sprouts (2–3.5 years old): Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m., preschool program
  • Traditional drop-off programs:
    • Saplings (3–5 years old): Half-day / part-time options; M/W, T/Th, or M–Th; 8:45–11:45 a.m. or 12:45–3:15 p.m.
    • Oaks (4–6 years old): Forest kindergarten; M–Th; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Before care option: Begins at 8:30 a.m.

Enrichment offerings: Specials each day—naturalist visits, mindfulness and yoga, and all outdoor days

Openings for 2019–2020: Yes, limited openings available

Openings for 2020–2021: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Must be at least 3 years old by Sept. 1 for drop-off programs

Due date for enrollment applications: January–February, with late enrollment and waitlist options

Last updated: Oct. 3, 2019

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