Audubon Nature Preschool

Audubon Nature Preschool

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

Overview of school type:

  • Half day with early drop-off options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Nature-based, play-based, emergent curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language instruction: 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 aged 6 and younger.

Class offerings:

  • Parent-child programs:
    • Acorns (4 years and younger): Thursday morning all outdoor program
    • Sprouts (2- to 3.5-year-olds): Friday morning preschool program
  • Traditional drop-off programs:
    • Saplings (3- to 5-year-olds): Half-day a.m. or p.m. drop-off class
    • Oaks (4- to 6-year-olds): Forest kindergarten

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

Openings for 2019–2020 school year: 

  • For parent-child programs, multiple spots are still open.
  • For traditional programs, 1 spot remains in the a.m. Saplings class, and 2 spots remain for the Oaks Forest Kindergarten.

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years for parent-child programs; 3 years for drop-off programs

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