Nature Explorers

2021-2022 School Year

Ages 5-8

Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10:00-2:00

September 9-June 2


Students will have time for exploration, social interaction, and creative/imaginative play with a themed nature study each week. Every class follows a predictable routine. We will begin each morning with free play and then gather together for opening circle with song and stories. We like to play nature-connection games, expanding our senses and awareness of nature all around us. Then we go on our themed adventure or investigation, exploring along the trails, into the swamp, or along the lakeside. As students hike uneven terrain, climb, and balance on stones, they develop gross motor skills. We stop for a snack midway through our morning adventure, and afterwards, hike back to the fire circle for lunch and a time of sharing. In the afternoon we will play a group game or sport. Students will come back together for a handicraft project, learning traditional skills to create useful and beautiful objects from natural materials (rope from plants, bark baskets, clay pots etc.). We close each class with story and song around the fire circle. Sharing discoveries and learning from one another develops our sense of community. Come explore with us!

Enrollment is now open for the 20201-2022 School Year. If your class is full, please sign up for the waitlist. If a space opens up, you will get an email with an option to enroll. 

Enroll in Wednesdays Here.

Enroll in Thursdays Here.

Nature Explorers Annual Tuition: $1440 per student

We don’t want tuition to feel out of reach for any family. Students have the option to utilize Home School Partnerships to fully fund DWS Courses (minus the registration deposit). Discovery Wilderness School is partnered with Jenison, Niles, and Hamilton Home School Partnerships. In addition, DWS offers payment plans, early payment discounts, and volunteer opportunities for parents to make tuition more affordable. Our goal is to never turn away a family due to tuition cost.

 Please reach out for more information.