Outdoor Learning for Kids at The Ridges

Does your child love nature? Consider these nature-based programs at The Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor.

Dragonfly Nature Preschool will run Jan. 26 – May 25. Students will use classroom space in antique cabins and the Nature Center, but class time will mostly be spent outdoors, hiking and playing in the boreal forest, sand dunes, meadow, stream, garden and pine grove. 

Register and learn more about the program and scholarship opportunities by contacting Katie at 920.839.2802, ext. 101, or [email protected].

Nature Explorers is a science-education program for homeschooled students in grades 1-3 who enjoy outdoor, hands-on learning. With a professionally trained educator as their guide, students will hike through diverse ecosystems, learn how to record their observations and questions, engage in hands-on investigations and make personal connections with the natural world. Curriculum will be aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability.

Classes are $20 and meet Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and March 7. There is a limit of 12 students per class. 

Tiny Trekkers sessions will meet on four Tuesdays, Feb. 1-22, 10-11:15 am. This program – for children who can walk through 3 years old – seeks to create a foundation of love and respect for the natural world through active play in nature with caregivers and other children.

The cost is $40 per child/caregiver, plus an additional $20 for siblings. Meetings are limited to eight participants and their caregivers.

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