We are excited to celebrate outdoors with parents and our youngest friends in Astoria, Queens this summer! With our new Parent/Child classes this season, we aim to hone empathy and resilience--important skills children need to thrive in our ever-changing world!
Empathy - We invite children to learn to recognize emotions in themselves and others and learn fun, new ways to care for friends and the planet
Resilience - We help children realize they have the capacity to thrive no matter what and see the adults who believe them too
We will gather to greet in the morning, share a story and a guided activity and then set off on a nature walk at a slow and curious pace. We'll witness the beauty of nature and make sure there is ample time for play and conversation. This is not a drop-off class. Children must attend with a caregiver who shares their love of the outdoors.
The morning is a great way to build an early connection to nature in the company of like-minded families. While each class has a consistent structure and pace, we are intentionally casual and encourage children to follow their curiosity and proceed at their own style. Class size is limited to 8 children. Infant siblings welcome at no additional cost.
We follow Covid-19 protocols in our school and all our outdoor sessions.
Location: Astoria Park under the bridge near the Skate Park
Ages: Ages 2 - 6 welcome
Session Length: One 90-min class per week
June Trial Class Dates: Four Saturdays in June (6/5, 6/12, 6/19 and 6/26) at 9:30am
Summer 2021 Dates: Eight Saturdays from July 6th to August 28th
Cost: $40 for each trial class in June. $320 for the 8-week summer session.
Class Size: Class is limited to 8 children. Infant siblings welcome at no additional cost.
Dress: We will meet rain or shine in all but extreme weather. On wet and muddy days, water resistant pants that can get dirty and rain/mud boots are required. One piece suits or coveralls, such as Oakiwear, Tuffo's Muddy Buddy or Frogg Toggs are a must. In case of rain, wear hat and rain jacket (umbrellas are not practical). Still nervous about the elements? Please see our Gears page for additional information.
Snacks: We invite you to bring healthy snacks and water for your child. We will have a group snack time near the end of our class, though your child is free to eat and drink any time.
Missed Classes: We do not offer refunds for classes you miss, nor do we allow drop-ins. While we strive to be as accommodating as possible, we also believe continuity in participation builds an important sense of community and makes for a higher quality learning experience for our children and families. We also strive to establish stable pods for easy contact tracing.
Weather Cancellations: We follow NYC school and NYC weather advisory. If there is a delayed school opening or closure or extreme weather warning, we will cancel class and not make it up. In the unlikely event we must cancel two or more classes, we will credit the missed class fee towards a future program.
Covid Cancellations: If a citywide lockdown occurs, we will cancel and issue credit towards a future program.
Any questions, please drop us a note.