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!

Call Education Director Debbie Vernon at 817.860.6752, ext. 105 to learn more or to schedule a classroom visit. Open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year begins Feb. 19. Limited spaces may also be available for the current year. Contact the registrar for current enrollment openings.

2018-2019 Class Schedule:

3-year-olds

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

4/5-year-olds

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

5/6-year-olds

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.

 * Class is Full. Please contact Registrar at registrar@riverlegacy.org to be added to a wait list.

Important 2018 Dates:

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

Monday, Feb. 19: Open Registration Begins.

May 14-18: Last week of 2017-2018 Nature School

Sept. 10-14: First week of 2018-2019 Nature School

Download the current Nature School Brochure

Register Online Here