Forest Preschool
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Forest Playschool

Weekly drop-off preschool program in the Audubon woods
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Education Programs

Forest Playschool

Weekly drop-off preschool program in the Audubon woods
Our mornings begin with exploratory play or art upon drop-off. From here we say goodbye to parents and travel to our forest camp, playing games along the way. Our opening circle introduces the day's theme, followed by snack and story time. Then it's off for the adventure of the day: hiking to a favorite lookout, searching for animal dens or tracks, building a fort, or exploring the latest signs of the season. We are open to wherever our senses and our imagination may take us!  

See our Forest Playschool Handbook, attached below, for detailed information.

Curious what an average day looks like in the program? Get an insider-look with our Forest Playschool Blog
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Fall Session 2021

Starting in September, we will be offering our Monday and Friday Forest Playschool programs again through mid November! We will have our normal 4-hour program schedule for the fall and spend the entire day outdoors. 

Friday Group (10 weeks)

Friday program dates:  9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19

The program will run from 9 am to 1 pm
Pack a lunch and snack!

Cost: Remaining due after $40 deposit: $310 members/ $360 non-members (You can become a member of Audubon Vermont and the National Audubon Society with a donation of $20 or more. Consider a $35 Membership for your Familyvt.audubon.org/join )  

Initial registration is a non-refundable $40 deposit ticket to hold your spot for the Friday Forest Playschool Session and has been accounted for in the total program fee. Once you make a deposit you will be emailed an invoice for your total program fee that can be paid via cash/check. If you need assistance or a payment plan please note that under the "additional information". We have scholarships available!

If you are interested in registering for the WHOLE YEAR, please be sure to note that as well. We are offering a discounted rate if you wish to register for the whole year: $840 (after deposit) for members and $980 (after deposit) for non-members. The Winter/spring session will run from January 14th- May 27th with two days off, February 25th and April 22nd.

Ages: 3 to 5 years
Maximum enrollment 10 children

Register: https://act.audubon.org/a/forest-playschool-fall-friday

Monday Group (9 weeks)

Monday program dates: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 (We are not in session 10/11 for Indiginous Peoples Day)

The program will run from 9am to 1 pm 

Cost: Remaining due after $40 deposit: $275 members/ $320 non-members (You can become a member of Audubon Vermont and the National Audubon Society with a donation of $20 or more. Consider a $35 Membership for your Familyvt.audubon.org/join 

Initial registration is a non-refundable $40 deposit ticket to hold your spot for the Monday Forest Playschool Session and has been accounted for in the total program fee. Once you make a depsoit you will be emailed a invoice for your total program fee that can be paid via cash/check. If you need assistance or a payment plan please note that under the "additional information". We have scholarships available!

If you are interested in registering for the WHOLE YEAR, please be sure to note that as well. We are offering a discounted rate for those who wish to register for the whole year, $720 (after deposit) for members and $840 (after deposit) for non-members. The Winter/Spring session will run from January 24th- May 23th with three days off: February 21st & 28th and April 18th for school break.

Ages: 3 to 5 years
Maximum enrollment 10 children

Register: https://act.audubon.org/a/forest-playschool-fall-monday

**Cancellation policy for 2021**

Our small program does not have the same risk tolerance or support system as our local schools. As such, we might decide to cancel a meeting or stop programing if COVID numbers spike in our county. If we have to cancel for COVID, you will be refunded for any affected sessions with an Audubon Vermont gift certificate. You can also choose to make a donation to Audubon Vermont and not claim your refund.

**Weather Statement**

This program is entirely outdoors, but for unsafe weather (thunder and lightning, high winds, extreme temperatures) we have access to both rustic and heated spaces.  We help children build resiliency and learn to advocate for their needs ("im too hot!", "I'm too cold!", "I'm just right!") but that requires proper attire that include items that are waterproof and/or insulated. If proper gear is a barrier to participation, please contact us. Should our local school (Brewster Pierce Memorial) cancel for weather, we will as well.

Registration Process:

  1. Register online
  2. Contact Emily Kaplita  or Debbie Archer with any questions.
  3. Complete Health Form and Release Form (see "Downloadable Resources" below) and submit to Audubon:Mail: 255 Sherman Hollow Rd, Huntington, VT 05462Fax: 802-434-4686E-mail: darcher@audubon.org
  4. Send full payment by check to 'Audubon Vermont.' 255 Sherman Hollow Rd, Huntington, VT 05462 once invoiced

For more information, please contact:
Lead Teacher
Emily Kaplita
(802) 434-3068

COVID-19

We are committed to our community's health & safety. 

Please read carefully and let us know of any questions.

We are so excited to welcome children back to our programs. However, things will be different during this program as we implement precautions to keep you, your children, and Audubon staff safe in the face of COVID-19. We are following precautions from the Department of Health and Agency of Education in addition to recommendations from the National Audubon Society. All of this means things will be a little different in practice, but our mission of high quality outdoor learning remains. This list is subject to change and we will let parents of registered children know of any changes.

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Children may not attend when they:

  • Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Have symptoms, been tested for COVID, and are awaiting results
  • Are sick for any reason
  • Show symptoms of COVID-19, such as a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell
  • Have a fever
  • Have a significant new rash, particularly when other symptoms are present,
  • Have large amounts of nasal discharge in the absence of allergy diagnosis
  • If symptoms begin while at Audubon, the child will be sent home immediately ➢ Individuals with a temperature greater than 100.4 F will be sent home until they have had no fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g., ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol

Healthy children and/or staff with the following symptoms/conditions are not excluded from in-person activities:

  • Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose may stay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatment plans.
  • Well-controlled asthma
  • This inclusion does NOT require a medical clearance note from a healthcare provider when the child's allergy and/or asthma condition was known by the childcare program/provider prior to COVID-19. If you are new to our program OR have a new diagnosis of asthma or allergies, that will require written confirmation from the child's healthcare provider. A signed doctors note or copy of well child exam that documents well-controlled asthma or allergies is fine.

    ** We would love to talk to you about your child if they are at high risk due to underlying health conditions to determine if our program is a good choice for them, your family, and our staff.

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    Masks

    Masks are required by program participants, with a few exceptions.

    We will be outside while the program is operating to be able to maintain social distance. According to the Governor’s Mask mandate and the Department of Health, "Cloth facial coverings can be removed during outdoor activities where children and staff can maintain physical distancing; they need to have ready access to put them back as needed when activity stops."

    Our staff will wear masks when they need to interact closely with your child or when indoors, but may take them off outside when socially distancing. Likewise, your child will be asked to wear a mask when they interact closely with another person. We are coming up with fun games to avoid masks, but understand that sometimes, kids just want to be close to others! We need your help in explaining to your child the importance of masks and that we wear them to keep each other safe.

  • Children under 2-years-old should not wear a cloth facial covering
  • Help your children to understand the importance of wearing cloth facial coverings to prevent the spread of germs
  • Cloth facial coverings are developmentally appropriate for children when they can properly put on, take off, and not touch or suck on the covering
  • Children with medical reason for not wearing a cloth facial covering must not wear one
  • Children should not wear a cloth facial covering while sleeping, eating, swimming, or other times when they would get wet
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