Maple Grove Nature Preschool

An Outdoor Education Adventure for Early Childhood
Serving ages 3.5 – 5.5

Child holding daisy flowersMaple Grove is an early childhood, outdoor education program. The curriculum is inquiry-based and emerges out of the students’ curiosity and motivation. Students will learn within nature, about nature and about their place on earth. Through daily interaction with the land, the students gain a true appreciation for how it changes over time. They will also have the opportunity to build skills through a balance of educator-guided activities and free play, fostering executive function, motor and spatial skills, community building and confidence. Our program gives students the unique experience to learn through play and guided risk taking while steeped in the wonder and magic of childhood.

What Outdoor Educational Play Offers

  • Rich sensory first-hand experience which is essential for growing minds.
  • Engagement with the wonder and mystery of the natural world.
  • Space and freedom to try things out, explore, experiment, and investigate how the world works.
  • Space for whole-bodied, expansive movement.
  • Natural engagement with key STEM concepts such as gradient, gravity, speed and energy, and lifecycles.
  • Opportunities for adventure, risk and challenge that build self-confidence and encourage team work.
    ( Tovey, H. 2016)

Educational Philosophy Objectives

We believe children learn best when engaged and personally invested in what they are learning, and are intrinsically motivated to learn when given the time and space to do so. We will help promote this learning by:

  • Appreciating the individuality of each child and celebrating their unique qualities.
  • Teaming with families to understand the children through the wisdom of their first teachers: their families.
  • Assisting children in their interactions with others and offering opportunities for cooperative learning and community building.
  • Encouraging divergent thinking and reflection by asking open-ended questions and guiding students through inquiry based learning.
  • Allowing the curriculum to emerge out of the children’s interests and developmental levels, based on in-depth observations, documentation and reflection.
  • Providing an environment that encourages discovery, experimentation, wonder, and curiosity.

The Daily Rhythms and Routines


  • 9:00 – 9:15 Drop off
  • 9:15 – 9:30 Settle in time (books, painting, snack)
  • 9:30 – 9:45 Circle time music,, stories, and games
  • 9:45 – 11:45 Nature exploration (with guided inquiry)
  • 11:45 – 12:30 Gather / lunch / documentation
  • 12: 30 – 12:50 Rest, stories and poems
  • 12:50 – 1:00 Pick up

Hours and Ages:

  • Children 3.5 – 5.5 (potty trained and not 6 years old by Sept. 1, 2021)
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday – Friday (183 days)
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday/Wednesday/Friday (109 days)
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm T/Th. ( 74 days)

We follow the McMinnville School District Calendar for most of the year (monthly tuition will be based on this schedule)


Tuition is paid every month in ten equal installments based on days offered in a given academic year. There will be no credit for missed classes (including emergency closures). It will be paid at the beginning of every month, with a $15.00 late fee after the 10th (students will not be credited for absences). Preference will be given to those in need of more days.

  • Monday-Friday: $605.00 per month
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: $370.00 per month
  • Tuesday/Thursday: $260.00 per month

An application form needs to be filled out prior to acceptance to Maple Grove. First tuition must be paid before the first day of school with a $50.00 application fee and $50.00 supply fee.

Registration for 2022/2023 is closed. Contact the Nature School Director with questions or to be added to a waitlist.