Learning Adventures for Children – Spring ’21

Visitors exit the Phil Dejana Learning Center & Outdoor Classroom
The Phil Dejana Learning Center & Outdoor Classroom

Spring Learning Adventures for Children return to the outdoors with weekly nature exploration and art programs that utlize the Preserve’s beautiful gardens, woods, pond area, beach and Great Lawn. Weekly classes for children ages 3 through 14 foster lifelong connections between art, wellness, and the environment. Social distancing and face masks are required to help ensure the health and safety of all participants.

For parents who wish to create private classes for children in a school or social “bubble” or “pod” – we can work with you to develop custom programs.

Please note: in the event of rain, clases will be rescheduled on the dates indicated below.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


Preschool Art with Lisa Cusano
Children will explore painting, clay sculpting, and collage, inspired by nature’s abundant natural resources. Each student will receive their own box of supplies for the season, and they will collect natural items to create beautiful works of art.

Elementary (K-5) Art with Sandrine Gold
Children will view the natural world through the lenses of well-known artists from around the world who have been inspired by nature. This class is a journey to discover the work of Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and more; students will draw inspiration from these artists and the environment and use supplies found in nature.  Children will receive their own box of supplies and materials for the season.

Outdoor Exploration
Preschool – Early Elementary with Tracy Strianese
Upper Elementary -Middle School with Hildur Pasldottir
Outdoor nature immersion classes will lead students on a discovery of the natural wonders of the Preserve and its varied environments. Classes will feature energetic hikes and movement exercises to keep our bodies warm while we explore the beauty of the Preserve in Winter.

CLASS SCHEDULES

ART

LEVEL: 3-5 Years: Fridays at 2:00 – 2:45
DATES: April 9 – June 4 (no class May 28)
Rain Dates: June 11, 18, 25

LEVEL: Grades K-2 I: Fridays at 3:30 – 4:15 pm
DATES: April 9 – June 4 (no class May 28)
Rain Dates: June 11, 18, 25

LEVEL: Grades K-2 II: Fridays at 4:30 – 5:15 pm
DATES: April 9 – June 4 (no class May 28)
Rain Dates: June 11, 18, 25 

LEVEL: Grades 3-5: Thursdays at 4:00 – 4:45 pm
DATES: April 8 – May 27
Rain Dates: June 3, 10, 17 

PRE-SCHOOL YOGA

LEVEL: Ages 3-5: Wednesdays at 2:15 – 3:00
DATES: April 7 – May 26
Rain Dates:  June 2, 9, 16 

YOGA for K-9
Schedule will be announced soon!

NATURE EXPLORATION AT THE PRESERVE

LEVEL: 4-5 Years: Thursdays at 2:15 – 3:00 pm
DATES:
 April 8 – May 27
Rain Dates: June 3, 10, 17 

LEVELGrades K-2: Wednesdays at 3:45 – 4:30 pm
DATES: April 7 – May 26
Rain Dates:  June 2, 9, 16 

LEVEL: Grades 3-5: Wednesdays at 3:45 – 4:30 pm
DATES:
 April 7 – May 26
Rain Dates:  June 2, 9, 16 

LEVEL: Grades 6-9: Thursdays at 3:45 – 4:30 pm
DATES:
 April 8 – May 27
Rain Dates: June 3, 10, 17 if needed

REGISTRATION FEE
Five Classes = $160
Includes one supply kit per child.

The Participation Waiver Form is required and can be downloaded here.

To register and for more information, contact Education Director Tracy Strianese (516.570.2185).