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Nature School

River Legacy Nature School

Why 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 Nature Center introduce children to the natural world through an inquiry based curriculum.

3 year old Curriculum: This age group focuses 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 year old Curriculum: This age group turns 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!

30 WEEK SCHOOL YEAR – Each class meets once a week, see options below:

3-Year-Olds

Monday: 9am to 1:55pm (bring lunch) FULL


Wednesday: 9am to 1:55pm (bring lunch) FULL

Tuesday: 9am to 12pm FULL

4/5 Year-Olds

Monday: 9am to 1:55pm (bring lunch)

Wednesday: 9am to 1:55pm (bring lunch)

Friday: 9am to 12pm

*Tue/Thur: 9am to 12pm
*Meets twice a week FULL


WE APPRECIATE YOUR FEEDBACK: Please contact our registrar to join a waitlist if classes are full, or to express interest in a weekday that is not currently offered.

Universal Student Information (download here)

Please complete after online registration. Link to the form is available during the registration process and in confirmation email.

Immunization/Medical Form (download here)

Please submit an updated copy annually. Link to the form is available during the registration process and in confirmation email.

Upon registration, you may pay in full for the 30 week school year tuition or pay the required $200 deposit and choose a payment plan. Refunds (less a $25 processing fee) are made only for withdrawals 30 days in advance of the first class meeting. Withdrawal and refund requests must be submitted in writing. If a class is canceled by the Nature Center, a full refund will be made. Once registration is complete, a fee of $25 will be required for each change of class request. A request must be submitted in writing along with the fee.

Limited Financial aid opportunities are available. If you are interested in applying, please fill out the Financial Aid form and email it to Sherrie Ripple, Director of Education, at sherrie@riverlegacy.org before you register.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FINANCIAL AID FORM

• Our student information and emergency release form is integrated into the online registration process.

• All classes have a hands-on science focus with engaging curriculums.

• Students should wear closed-toe shoes and socks. (Please, no flip flops!)

• Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended and must be applied before entering the building.

• Students must be signed in and out of class each day by an authorized adult.

• Students in full day classes should bring a lunch and drink as noted. To help us safeguard the well-being of all our students, please do not send nut products.

When can I register for Nature School?
Registration for the 2024-2025 Nature School year will open February 12, 2024.

Can I schedule a tour of Nature School?
Yes! To schedule a tour please contact our Education Director, Sherrie Ripple.

Can I drop off my child at the front door of the building?
Because we take our responsibility for your child’s safety seriously, our protocol requires that an authorized adult sign each child in and out at the classroom door each day of camp.

How early can I drop off my child?
Classroom doors will open at 9 am. If you arrive earlier, you and your student can enjoy the activities in the Science Center Atrium until classroom doors open.

How do you handle peanut and other food allergies?
The snacks we provide in all classes every day are commercially produced and peanut free. Packaging with ingredient lists is available for your examination upon request. All students in full day classes are asked to bring a lunch that does not include any nut products. If you would prefer to have your child bring a snack from home that you know will meet his/her health needs, our teachers can readily accommodate that change in snack routine. 

Do you offer financial aid?
Limited Financial aid opportunities are available. If you are interested in applying, please fill out the Financial Aid form and email it to Sherrie Ripple, Director of Education, at sherrie@riverlegacy.org before you register.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FINANCIAL AID FORM

Education Director
Sherrie Ripple
sherrie@riverlegacy.org
817.860.6752 ext. 105
Registrar
amye@riverlegacy.org
817.860.6752 ext. 102

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