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Programs - Preschool & Kindergarten

Learn Outside with Nature as a Teacher

Heller’s educational programs offer school groups the opportunity to learn about the natural world through experiences in an outdoor setting. Our hands-on philosophy encourages learners to heighten their awareness of the natural world, understand basic ecological concepts, and increase concerns for the earth and all its life. Our school programs are in line with the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Preschool/ Kindergarten

Groundhog’s Great Tale

February

Knock on the door of our resident groundhog’s den to discover what the life of a true hibernator is really like.  This oversized sometimes grouchy groundhog will lead participants into its den and role play a groundhog’s life through the seasons.

60 minutes   

Earth Magic

Fall/Winter/Spring

Students will discover the magic of the season through fun, barrier-breaking activities. They will use some very important tools…their senses…to explore the natural world. Activities focus on listening, smelling, looking, and touching.

45 minutes   

Habitat

Fall/Spring

By using clues to solve riddles, participants discover the four basic components of all habitats and how they are important to the survival of living things. This activity identifies water, shelter, food, and space as the components of the habitat and illustrates how they work together as a system. Students also learn about a forest food chain.

60 minutes   

Growing Up Flowers

Spring

Investigate what plants need to grow.  Beginning as a seed, students will take an active roll growing up flowers and develop an understanding of their basic needs and body structures.  Students will also have the opportunity to plant individual seeds to grow at school or take home!

45 minutes

Questions?

Contact Us

Jessica
Reyes
Manager
847.579.4182
Meghan
Meredith
Naturalist
847.579.4183
Cara
Wren
Office Coordinator
847.579.4181
Chris
Maliszewski
Assistant Director of Recreation & Facilities
847.579.3108