We offer a variety of nature-based community preschool programs designed for groups of children 3-5 years old. Our programs adhere to Maine Early Learning Guidelines and can be tailored to fit your needs.
Time spent outdoors increases a child’s use of imagination, concentration, and observation skills. We can help you connect your child to nature, teach them about wildlife in your school or yard, or take a field trip to a favorite local park!
Prices start at $50/hour but if price is a prohibitive factor in working with us, please let us know. Our goal is to make our programs accessible to more preschool children.
Signs of the Seasons
- Why do leaves change color?
- How do wildlife prepare for winter?
- Why do birds migrate?
- Why do plants and flowers need bees?
Gardening for Wildlife
Maine Audubon can help design habitat in your school yard that will attract wildlife such as birds, bees, and insects that your students can observe year-round. We will utilize your current landscaping and add native food and shelter that animals need to survive.
Other topics include:
- Adaptation: Explore animal and plant survival strategies
- All about animals: Learn more about mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles or birds
- Cycles and change: Study the cyclical patterns of watersheds, seasons, and more
- Interdependence: Discuss why plants need water, why animals eat certain foods.
- Senses: Practice using all five senses to observe the natural world.
Take your students to Gilsland Farm Audubon Center (Falmouth) or a favorite local park or sanctuary to learn about local wildlife and habitat. A Maine Audubon educator will lead your group on a 75-minute guided walk that focuses on a topic of your choice.
We offer customized programs and collaborative planning to meet your specific curriculum needs. We can:
- Design and teach lessons in your classroom, at Gilsland Farm, or a location of your choice
- Identify field sites at or around your school to use for inquiry and instruction
- Coach you in how to use field sites for effective student learning
- Provide content expertise
- Identify or develop additional learning resources
- Explore and co-design green practices for your school
For more information or to schedule a program, contact Molly Woodring at email@example.com or 207.781.2330 x231.