The classes, winter hikes and summer programs invite children to use their youthful energy to enjoy the outdoors. Seedlings will practice kindness towards all living beings, develop confidence by testing self-imposed limits, and work individually and cooperatively.

   

Education and Play are at the heart of everything we do.

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Seedlings Classes  Spring 2022

Lottery Registration Dates for Spring 2022 classes :

Baby Backpack, Tenderfoot Toddlers, Sticks Stones and Stories

Lottery dates Monday, January 17 – 20

Kindergarten, Grade 1 & 2, Grade 3 & 4 

Lottery dates Tuesday, January 18 – 21

Grades 5 & 6 and Grade 7

Lottery dates Wednesday, January 19 – 22

To register for the lottery: click on the REGISTER button for the class you are interested in.  Fill out the form in full.  You will not receive a response that it was received until I record the entry.

  All entrants will be notified of results by email no later than Tuesday, January 25th.

To receive up to date information sign up for the Avalon Nature Preserve email list: https://avalonnaturepreserve.org

Each season classes, of 6-8 children, will be formed by random selections from a lottery.

All classes are held outside rain or shine.

Class fee for all sessions: $45  (nonrefundable)

Thank you for your interest!

BACKPACK BABY

Thursdays: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

March 17, 31

April 14, 28

May 12, 26

June 2, 9

Age: Parents/Caregivers with babies
(Birth to non-walking)

A 1 hour class for parents-caregivers of babies who are not yet walking. Strap on your baby and hike through trails as we sing, and take in the sights, smells and sounds of Avalon.

THE LOTTERY IS CLOSED

 

 

TENDERFOOT TODDLERS

Wednesdays: 10:00–11:00 a.m.

March 9, 23

April 6, 27

May 11, 25

June 8

Age: 15 months to 2.8 years at the start of program

Specially designed for the new or seasoned walker, we will explore Avalon in small segments concentrating on rocks, leaves, dirt and more! This is a parent, caregiver, grandparent/child class.

THE LOTTERY IS CLOSED

STICKS STONES AND STORIES: MONDAYS A.M. CLASS

Mondays: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

March 7, 21

April 4, 25

May 9, 23

June 6, 13

Age: 3-4 years old along with a parent/guardian

Let’s look and listen to learn about our surroundings at Avalon while we walk, run and laugh our way through the fields. Stories and a creative project in the barn too!

THE LOTTERY IS CLOSED

STICKS STONES AND STORIES:
TUESDAYS  P.M. CLASS  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

March 15, 29

April  12, 26

May  17, 31

June 7, 14

Age: 3-4 years old along with a parent/guardian

Let’s look and listen to learn about our surroundings at Avalon while we walk, run and laugh our way through the fields. Stories and a creative project in the barn too!

THE LOTTERY IS CLOSED

NATURAL PATTERNS FOR KINDERGARTNERS

Mondays: 4:30–5:45 p.m.

 March 7, 21

April 4, 25

May 9, 23

June 6, 13

Age: For kindergartners only

This cozy group designed with the kindergartner in mind, will include hikes, stories and related projects. We will explore the beauty of Avalon together and seek out the hidden patterns of nature.

REGISTER

 

NATURAL PATTERNS FOR GRADES 1-2

Tuesdays: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

March 15, 29

April 12, 26

May  17, 31

June 7, 14

Age: Grades 1-2 only

Observe your surroundings to decipher nature’s hidden beauty. Make some new friends and become a nature detective while on our hikes.

REGISTER

 

NATURAL PATTERNS FOR GRADES 3-4

Wednesdays: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

March 9, 23

April 6, 27

May 11, 25

June 8, 22

Age: Grades 3-4 only

Observe your surroundings to decipher nature’s hidden beauty. Make some new friends and become a nature detective while on our hikes.

REGISTER

 

Inspirations for Grades 5-6

Thursdays: 4:30–5:45 p.m.

March. 17, 24

April 7, 28

May 19

June 2, 9

Age: Grades 5-6 only

Let’s hit the trails and explore Avalon. We’ll build, create and learn about the importance of nature in our world.

REGISTER

Grade 7

Tuesdays: 4:30-5:45 p.m

March 16, 30

April 13

May 18

June 1, 15

Age: Grade 7,  12-13 year olds

Building our adventurers a bridge to our fantastic Nature Initiative program at age 13! Miss Sue joins forces with members of the local environmental community to engage young adults in meaningful hands-on experiential learning. These learning sessions will be supplemented by time spent hiking and applying newly learned skills on the trails at Avalon. Participants will also have the opportunity to work alongside current Nature Initiative members during a select number of volunteer projects.

REGISTER

 

SUMMERTIME FUN   2021 STYLE!

LOTTERY IS NOW CLOSED FOR SUMMER 2021

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTRIES!!!

AVALON ADVENTURERS

Group size: 8-10
Age: Children entering Grades 4 through 6th
Cost: $50 per child
Monday through Thursday from 10am-1:00pm.

For the future environmentalists. We’ll head out into the woods, fields and visit the ponds to look more closely at the ecosystems of Avalon with a fun and creative twist.  All classes begin and end at the barn.  Children and adults participating in the program must wear masks.

Session 1    July 19 – 22

LOTTERY IS NOW CLOSED

 

Session 2   August 9-12.

LOTTERY IS NOW CLOSED

AVALON EXPLORERS

Group size: 8-10 
Age:
Children entering K through grade 3
Cost: $50 per child
Monday through Thursday from 10am-1:00pm.

Specially tailored for the younger visitors to Avalon. We’ll spend our days outside learning about the creatures at Avalon while making some awesome crafts and hiking!  All classes begin and end at the barn.  Children and adults participating in the program must wear masks.

Session 1   July 26-29.

LOTTERY IS NOW CLOSED

 

Session 2   August 16-19.

LOTTERY IS NOW CLOSED

Please contact Miss Sue with any questions.

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MEET MISS SUE

An avid lover of the outdoors, Sue Wahlert is a certified teacher with over 30 years of experience. She has spearheaded and taught our Seedlings programs for over eight years. Sue’s BA in psychology and MS Ed. in special education lay the foundation for her work with children in preschools, elementary schools, museums and park settings.

The core of Miss Sue’s teaching philosophy revolves around the importance of play, compassion for others and community among children. These elements create a safe and nurturing setting for learning and making new friends.

Memories of her childhood days and nights spent outside playing continue to energize Miss Sue. She enjoys backpacking, camping, hiking, gardening, canoeing, singing made up songs, and sitting by a campfire.

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