Nature School

River Legacy Nature School provides an environment that encourages a child’s inborn sense of wonder and curiosity to flourish. Indoor and outdoor explorations at River Legacy Living Science Center introduce children to the natural world.

  • Children ages 3 to 5/6 (not yet enrolled in kindergarten) attend class once weekly for 30 weeks, September – May. NEW, twice a week classes available for 4-year-olds.
  • Every session includes a trip into the woods, weather permitting, where classroom lessons come to life.
  • Balanced curriculum encourages a hands-on, minds-on exploration of nature – enhanced through music, art, literature and dramatic play.
  • Ratio of 2 highly qualified teachers for every 9 to 12 children guarantees personal attention.

Inquiry based curriculum

3 year olds focus on River Legacy Park’s animal and plant life, exploring what they need to survive. Opportunities to encounter ladybugs and snails, earthworms and opossums, native wildflowers and so much more build their understanding of nature’s diverse life forms.

4 & 5/6 year olds (not yet enrolled in kindergarten) turn their attention to River Legacy Park’s habitats and how they meet the needs of creatures that live there. Among the units of study are The Living Tree, The Forest Floor, The Decaying Log, and The Creek. A growing understanding of the interdependence between animals and plants fosters an appreciation of nature’s delicate balance.

Nature School sets students on a path to love learning!

Enrollment for the current semester is ongoing as space allows. Register online here or call Education Director Debbie Vernon at 817.860.6752, ext. 105 to learn more or to schedule a classroom visit. Open enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year begins Feb. 20.

2017-2018 Class Schedule:


  • Mondays: 9 am to 1:55 pm (bring lunch) * Class Full
  • Wednesdays: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Fridays: 9 am to 12 pm


  • Mondays: 9 am to 1:55 pm (bring lunch) * Class Full
  • Wednesdays: 9 am to 12 pm
  • NEW: Twice a Week Class:
    Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 am to 12 pm * Class Full


  • Fridays: 9 am to 1:55 pm (bring lunch)5-year-olds not yet enrolled in kindergarten are welcome in the Friday 5/6 class or any 4-year-old class.

* Please call our Registrar at 817.860.6752, ext. 102 to be added to a Wait List

Download the Nature School Brochure

Important 2017-2018 Dates:

Monday, Feb. 20: Open Registration Begins. Register Online

Saturday, Feb. 25: Nature School Open House from 10 am to 12 pm – FREE

Monday, Sept. 11: Nature School 2017-2018 Classes Begin

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