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 the following programs opens on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.


Please renew your membership here. Please note: a Family Membership is required in order to receive a member discount on Children & Family Programs.

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

Space is limited. An adult is required to attend with child. Limited to 12 families per session. 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.

Nature Discovery Winter Preschool Sessions

With Colleen Kelley
Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child)
9:30-11:30 am
Members: $25 per class /Non-Members: $30 per class
Sign up for all 3 — Members:$70/Non-Members:$85

Celebrate the outdoors in winter with your preschooler and Colleen. Come prepared for winter outdoor exploration! Sign up for one, two or all three winter programs.

Nature Discovery Preschool: Beanstalks to Butterflies

With Colleen Kelley
Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child)
Fridays, March 27 – June 19 (No class April 24, May 15 or May 29)
Morning session: 9:30-11:30 am
Afternoon session: 1-3:00 pm
Members: $220 / Non-members: $264

Metamorphosis and how things change in nature is the theme for this popular program. Children will compare their own lives, from newborn to preschooler, with the life cycles of other living things. Through live animal and plant observations, stories, songs, movement, imagery and crafts, children will learn about how and why changes happen. Start your metamorphosis now! An adult must attend with the child to develop a sense of wonder together.

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