Queens Botanical Garden Launches Spring 2017 Registration for New “Forest Explorers” Drop-Off Nature Program
Flushing, NY- January 2017—Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is excited to launch its first-ever Forest Explorers, a drop-off nature program and pre-school alternative for families looking for educational and fun outdoor programs for children ages two through six. The program, taking place March 7 through June 23, 2017, Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Garden, is rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model of nurturing self-confidence and deepening children’s connection to the Earth. Registration is now open and the Garden is currently promoting an early bird 5%-off discount for those who sign up by Friday, February 10 with the code “EarlyBird.” The Garden is also hosting a free, drop-in Open House on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 10 to 11am for the public to sample the program to get a better sense of what it offers. To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/preschool_alt.
“QBG’s Forest Explorers is a unique program; the children are outdoors with a focus on play-based discovery. The goal is to provide meaningful, fun, outdoor learning for children that works for everyone,” said Rebecca Wolf, QBG Director of Education. “Daily activities like thematic exploration, storytelling, snack making, and hut building really open up children’s imagination. They leave with a long-lasting appreciation for nature and self-awareness. And we are mindful of parents’ schedules, too; we offer the flexibility of choosing one, two, three, or four days-per-week schedules.”
The Forest School approach helps children develop self-assertion, and increases their awareness of and strengthens their connection to the Earth. Through sensory-based learning in our natural environment, children uncover nature’s treasures, create meaningful community, and form enduring relationships. Children will be guided through this three-hour outdoor program by experienced educators.
“Through open play, children learn about the natural world around them,” said Kelly McLane, QBG Forest Explorers instructor. They have the freedom to dig for worms, splash in puddles, mash up mud, gather fresh flowers, and poke at newly emerging mushrooms. Over the course of each day, Children begin to understand and appreciate their own boundaries and expand their imaginations.”
QBG’s seasonal gardening programs for kids already familiar to the public, such as Children’s Garden (ages 4-10) and Garden Buds (ages 2-3) are also available this upcoming spring. For registration and more information on all programs, visit queensbotanical.org/kidsprograms. For more information on Forest Explorers or any gardening programs for kids at Queens Botanical Garden, please email [email protected] or call 718-886-3800 at extension 237.
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