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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.
Our blog archives can be viewed here: http://greenmountainaudubon.wordpress.com

Winter and Spring 2021

Winter session - Full

We are offering 5-weeks of Forest Playschool on Fridays from January 22 - February 19, 2021. The winter session will start after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, giving us all about 2 weeks after the New Year holiday. This winter program will be entirely outdoors. As such, we are reducing the program time from 4 hours to 2.5 hours and not having lunch (although we will have snack)—9am-11:30am.

Fridays: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26

The program will run from 9am-11:30am (pack a snack!)

Cost: Flat fee $125
Ages: 3 to 5 years

Maxium enrollment 8 children.

Spring Session

Starting in March, we will be offering our Monday and Friday Forest Playschool programs again through the end of May! We will return to our normal 4-hour program schedule for the spring and spend the entire day outdoors.

Friday Group (12 weeks) - Full

Friday program dates: 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28. We will not meet on 4/23 for MMUUSD's spring break.

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

Cost: $420 members/ $480 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 Family: vt.audubon.org/join )
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Maximum enrollment 8 children

Register: https://act.audubon.org/a/forest-playschool-spring-session-fridays

Monday Group (11 weeks) -Full

Monday program dates: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24. We will not meet on 4/19 for MMUUSD's spring break.

The program will run from 9am to 1 pm

Cost: $385 members/ $440 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 Family: vt.audubon.org/join )
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Maximum enrollment 8 children

If you have any questions please reach out to Debbie Archer, Education Manager!

**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 through this online system to your card on file. You can also choose to make a donation to Audubon Vermont and not claim your refund.

Because this program is entirely outdoors for the winter and early spring, we might have to cancel for single-digit temperatures or temperatures below 35 degrees F with wet weather. We will give families as much advance notice as we can. We normally do not refund for weather, but in this case as we are restricting indoor time in close quarters, you will be entitled to a refund in the form of an Audubon Gift Certificate, good towards an Audubon Program (partner programs may not be eligible) or maple syrup.

Registration Process:

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

For more information, please contact:
Education Program Coordinator
Debbie Archer
(802) 434-3068

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