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  Fall 2022

The FALL LOTTERY WINDOW HAS CLOSED

YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED OF LOTTERY RESULTS NO LATER THAN TUESDAY JULY 26.

ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU FOR THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE!!!

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

Class fee for all sessions: $45  (nonrefundable)

BACKPACK BABY

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

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.

September 15, 29

October 6, 20

November 3, 17

December 1, 8

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TENDERFOOT TODDLERS

Wednesdays: 10:00–11:00 a.m.

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.

September 14, 28

October 12, 26

November 9, 30

December 12

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STICKS STONES AND STORIES: MONDAYS A.M. CLASS

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

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!

September 12, 19

October 3, 24

November 7, 21, 28

December 12

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

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!

September 20

October 11, 25

November 1, 15, 29

December 6, 20

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NATURAL PATTERNS FOR KINDERGARTNERS

Mondays: 4:30–6:00 p.m.

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.

September 12, 19

October 3, 24

November 7, 21, 28

December 12

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NATURAL PATTERNS FOR GRADES 1-2

Tuesdays: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

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.

September 20

October 11, 25

November 1, 15, 29

December 6, 20

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NATURAL PATTERNS FOR GRADES 3-4

Wednesdays: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

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.

September 14, 28

October 5, 26

November 9, 30

December 14

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Inspirations for Grades 5-6

Thursdays: 4:30–6:00 p.m.

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.

September 22, 29

October 6, 20

November 3, 17

December 1, 8

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Grade 7

Wednesdays: 4:30-6:00 p.m

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.

September 21

October 19

November 2, 16

December 7, 21

*additional classes may be added with Kayla Serina / Avalon’s Nature Initiative.

THE LOTTERY WINDOW HAS CLOSED

SEEDLINGS SUMMERTIME 2022 

Thank you for all of your submissions.  The lottery is now closed.

Once you enter the lottery you will receive an email from me acknowledging receipt of your entry.(I must record the entry first)  On Monday, May 23, the lottery winners will be selected by a random number generator.  You will be notified of results by Wednesday, May 25th.  If your child is selected I will send payment information.

 

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.

Session 1: Monday, August 1-4

The lottery is closed.

 

Session 2: Monday, August 15-18

The lottery is 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.

Session 1: Monday, July 18-21

The Lottery is closed.

Session 2: Monday, August 8-11

The lottery is 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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