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Nature Preschool!

Tue, March 5 @ 9:00 am Tue, December 31 @ 12:00 pm

Nature Preschool at River Bend Nature Center is coming back this spring! Children will experience dynamic, free-play exploration of their natural environment. Guided by their innate sense of wonder, children will explore several ecosystems, including the bottomland forest, the pond, the wildside, and the hillside. The activities and locations are learner-directed so children have an opportunity to choose what and where they want to explore for the day. Nature Preschool nurtures intrinsic motivation and accommodates different learning styles. Through immersion in the natural world, children gain a sense of stewardship and responsibility.

Nature Preschool will take place every Tuesday and Thursday, from March to December (RBNC is closed on major holidays). Preschool is from 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM, and is for ages 3-5. You may select which month you want your child to attend. To sign up a $100 deposit is required to secure your spot and is applied to the first month your child attends. The fee is $175 per child per month for RBNC Members and $185 per child per month for non-members.

Do you want free admission to RBNC, discounts on birthdays, camps, weekly programs, special events, and in our Nature Gift Shop? Become a member of River Bend today by clicking this link.

Nature School Information Sheet

Nature Preschool FAQ

What Will My Child’s Day Look Like?

Each session will begin with a circle time. This is a time to learn about the animal of the day and to choose an area for engagement. Areas include the bottomland trail, the bottomland pond, the children’s garden pond, the dino dig, the conservatory, and the children’s garden hillside.

9:00-9:30                     Circle time, Animal of the day

9:30-10:00                    Hike, Free play

10:00-10:30                 Snack in classroom/library/pavilion

10:30-11:30                 Hike to selected area, Activity of the day/free play

11:30-12:00                 Library – story time, free read, blocks/puzzles

12:00                            Dismissal

What Activities Will My Child Do During Nature Pre School?

Children will have daily hikes and free playtime outdoors. Each day there will be one structured craft or activity. Some of these activities may include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, sing alongs, and working with plants and seeds. Most activities will be done outdoors where a wagon with creative materials, water, first aid, and tools will be taken along.

I don’t have a PayPal account, how can I pay?

We have several ways of accepting payments! You can come to the Nature Gift Shop at RBNC any time during business hours, we can take your payment over the phone, you can send in a check, or you can check out using PayPal as a guest. Registration will not be complete until RBNC has your form and payment. Give us a call at 940-767-0843 if you have any questions!

Where do I drop and pick up my child?

Preschool is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; preschoolers may be dropped off no earlier than 8:45 am and must be picked up no later than 12:15 pm.

Parents will bring their preschoolers inside the Bryant Edwards Learning Center. Sign-in and sign-out will occur in the learning center each morning (drop-off) and noon (pick-up).

Only parents/guardians/designated adults listed on the preschooler’s form will be allowed to pick up preschoolers. Please bring a photo ID.

No parents or guardians should visit the preschool during preschool sessions, except to drop off and pick up their child.

If an early release of the preschooler is needed, parents or guardians must call ahead.

If you arrive later than 9 am, please check in at the Gift Shop.

How much is it per child?

$175 for RBNC members, and $185 for non-members. Become a member by clicking here.

What do I need to bring?

Water bottle– Write your child’s name on it.
Snack– Write your child’s name on it. Snacks will not be provided by RBNC.
Backpack– Will be used to carry water and snacks and to help carry activities home each day.
Comfortable clothes, jacket, and close-toed shoes– They will get dirty during outdoor adventures. Also, due to most of the time will be outside proper clothing for weather conditions will be required.
Insect repellent/sunscreen– We will not be providing insect repellent or sunscreen, please apply before the child arrives.

How do I register my child?

Complete the registration and payment using the form below. If you wish to fill out a paper copy of the registration form and make your payment in person, forms are available in the River Bend Gift Shop. Our hours are Mon.- Fri. 9 am – 5 pm, Sat. 9 am – 4 pm, and Sun. 12 – 4 pm. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration along with the form below. This deposit is applied to your first session, if you sign up for additional sessions you will be invoiced on the 1st of the month of that session.

Space is limited. The preschool will be filled on a first-enrolled basis and may fill up prior to the registration deadline. Preschool has a maximum of 12 preschoolers.

Who can come to Nature Preschool?

Preschool is for ages 3-5. Preschoolers must be at least 3 years old and capable of following instructions to keep themselves and other children safe. The child must be able to use the bathroom independently.

Preschoolers will be placed in one group. They must follow instructions along with being respectful to their teachers and other children in the preschool.

The preschool is nature-based with free play outside in all types of weather – except severe weather. The child will be required to have appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

Where does Nature Preschool take place?

Nature Preschool is held at River Bend Nature Center located at 2200 3rd Street Wichita Falls, TX., at the corner of Sunset Drive and 3rd Street.

Nature Preschool will be held outdoors with some inside activities. For example, preschoolers will spend the majority of their time outside and then return inside for snacks, bathroom breaks, etc.

Preschool will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 12:00 pm from August 1st through October 31st.

What’s RBNC refund policy?

Due to limited space, refunds will not be issued.

Nature Preschool Registration Form

Please note this preschool is located in Wichita Falls, TX.