Preschool Programs

This award-winning parent and child preschool program for ages 3–5 offers weekly outdoor exploration combined with multi-modal learning experiences to foster wonder and curiosity about the natural world. Fall and Spring sessions are offered Friday mornings and afternoons.

Registration for Winter & Spring Preschool programs opens December 1.
Click HERE to register.

Did you know that your EBT card can be used to access membership and programs at the Hitchcock Center? Learn more about the EBT Card to Culture Program.

Space is limited. An adult is required to attend with child. This program is part of a series and is not open as a drop-in class. Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Winter Preschool Days

with Colleen Kelley
Ages 3-5 (Adult must attend with child)
Selected Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am
Members: $20.50 per program/Non-members: $24 per program

Friday, Jan. 5: Animals Getting Ready for Winter
What do animals do to prepare for winter and how can we learn from them? Through song, puppets, stories and outside adventure we will learn how animals are adapted for the cold and some of their winter habits that help them stay warm.

Friday, Jan. 19: Animal Signs – Winter Wonderland Track Detectives
Come walk through Hitchcock Center’s winter wonderland searching for tracks and signs of active winter animals. We will make a track guide, go on an adventure, eat a detective snack, and read a tracking story. Wear your warm winter layers and bring your sharp detective eyes!!

Friday, Feb. 16: All About Ice and Snow!
How are those beautiful crystals formed outside and how can snow help us stay warm? Come explore and learn the language of snow.

Spring Nature Discovery Preschool

Spineless Wonders- Animals without Backbones
Colleen Kelley, Hitchcock educator
Ages 3-5 (Caregiver required to attend with child)
Fridays, March 23 – June 8 (no program 4/20 or 5/4)
Morning session: 9:30am-11:30pm
Afternoon session: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Members: $205/Non-members: $225

Pretend to shrink down real small to explore the spineless wonders of our natural world! This Spring, Colleen will introduce children to the crawling, sliding, hopping, flying world of worms, spiders, snails, pill bugs and insects. All those spineless wonders are animals without backbones. Through live observations, puppets, stories, model making, songs and snacks, children will become more familiar with these creatures.  An adult is required to attend with each child. Space is limited. For children ages 3-5 years.

Limited to 12 families per session.

Limited to 12 families per session.

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