Parent/Child Nature Discovery Preschool

Fall Nature Discovery Preschool Series – From Here to There: How Things Move in Nature

Colleen Kelley
Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child)
Fridays, September 15 – December 8 (no programs October 20,  November 10 & 24)
Morning session: 9:30am-11:30 am
Afternoon session: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Fee per Child: Tier A-$477 | Tier B-$398 | Tier C-$338 | Tier D-$258
Limited to 16 participants. Limit of 2 children per adult. Siblings under 3 are free.

Welcome back to a fun Fall with Colleen. Children and their parents will discover all the wonderful ways that nature’s creatures get around- flying, hopping, slithering and swimming. This program encourages learning through movement, singing, crafts ,games, stories and great adventures. A parent or guardian must attend with the child. 

This Nature Discovery Preschool is a ten week series that takes place outdoors unless there is extreme weather.

Nature Discovery Preschool Winter & Spring 2024

Registration for Winter and Spring programs at Hitchcock Center opens will open on December 6, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Nature Discovery Winter Preschool Days

With Colleen Kelley
Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child)
January 26, February 16, March 8
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
(Please note the later start time for winter)
Fee per child/adult pair per day: Tier A-$40 per day | Tier B-$33 per day | Tier C-$28 per day | Tier D- $21
Limited to 8 families. Limit of 2 children per adult.

Celebrate the outdoors in winter with your preschooler! Colleen will teach these three winter programs. Sign up for one, two or all three programs. Come prepared for winter outdoor exploration! Limited to 8 families per day. Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Friday, January 26: How Animals Live in Winter

Friday, February 16: Signs of Animals and Tracking

Friday, March 8: Slip, Slide – Ice and Snow!

Nature Discovery Spring Preschool Series: Our Rainbow World

Colleen Kelley – Last chance to join a program with Colleen before she retires!
Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child)
Fridays, April 5-June 14 (no class April 19)
Morning session: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (please note earlier start time for Spring)
Afternoon session: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fee per child/adult pair: Tier A-$486 | Tier B-$405 | Tier C-$344  | Tier D-$263
Limited to 8 families. Limit of 2 children per adult.
Please note: This ten-week series will take place outdoors unless there is extreme weather. 

We will welcome Spring and all its colors at our Nature Preschool at the Hitchcock Center with Colleen Kelley. Children will fill their art palettes with natural colors and discover how colors affect animals, plants and our own lives. Through movement, songs, crafts and live animal observations, children will investigate camouflage, natural plant dyes, plant patterns, chlorophyll and much more.


Out of a strong commitment to improve access to our programs we are now offering a sliding scale fee structure aimed to provide greater flexibility in choosing a price that is right for you and your family.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy for Hitchcock’s seasonal programs: You may cancel your registration for any of our programs up to a week prior to the program’s start date to receive a refund minus a 10% administrative fee.  If you cancel within 7 days or less of the program’s start date, we cannot offer a refund unless we are able to fill your spot in the program.

COVID-19 Safety

Read our complete COVID-19 Program Participant Guidelines.

Our programs are designed to be fun and engaging and above all safe. The COVID-19 program guidelines are designed to help protect everyone as we meet the strict health and safety requirements of the CDC and our state. Please take the time to read the information thoroughly. If you feel that you or your child(ren) cannot follow these guidelines, we ask that you wait until these restrictions have been lifted to join one of our programs or events. We may change our guidelines to reflect new guidance from CDC and Massachusetts.

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