This Spring, BVRA is launching an afternoon play based program called Nature After Noon. This program will run Monday- Friday from 1pm to 3pm. Modeled after our summer Nature's Cool Mini-Camp program, children will spend time outside each day in the Nature Play Garden engaged in the most important childhood activity, play. Kids today spend less time outside engaged in free play than any previous generation. Our aim in the play garden is to reverse that trend. For those who haven't seen the space, it is certified nature classroom where the possibilities for imagination and engagement are endless.
When not outside the kids will spend time in the Warming House. Play based items, books, and instructor lead activities will be available to them. Please note that this is not a school style program. It is play based and child led. A simple snack of popcorn and tea will be provided each day. Children who may want other snacks are welcome to bring them.
The 2018 Spring semester will run from Wednesday, January 3rd to Friday, May 25th. Rates for the Spring Semester will be:
- 5 Day Program (six available spaces)
- 20 weeks and 3 days with 7 holidays
- $200 monthly, $960 for the semester ($10 per day)
- 3 Day Tuition: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (six available spaces)
- 20 weeks and 2 days with 6 holidays
- $120 Monthly, $560 for the semester ($10 per day)
- 2 Day Tuition: Tuesday & Thursday (six available spaces)
- 20 weeks and 2 days with 6 holidays
- $80 Monthly, $429 for the semester ($10 per day)
**Tuition can be paid monthly. If using the online registration you will be charged the full semester. To pay monthly please call the office at 570-524-4774.
About our Staff:
The instructors for the program will be Bucknell education graduate Taylor Myers and BVRA Education Coordinator Marah Biddle. Marah is serving at the Nature's School as a part of her 2nd year AmeriCorps term. She graduated from Lock Haven University with degrees in Sport Administration and Sport Management. Taylor Meyers is a graduate of Bucknell with a degree in education. She has been accepted into a Montessori Graduate program in the Fall of 2018. Both are regular teachers at Nature School.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is nature play?
Nature play is defined as a learning process, engaging children in working together to develop physical skills, to exercise their imaginations, to stimulate artistic expression, and to begin to understand the workings of the world around them. The Nature Play Garden has been designed to facilitate this process. There are areas for digging, building, imaginative play, and more.
Will my child be outdoors in winter weather?
Yes. We are committed to spending time outdoors each day. Rain and snow will not deter our young explorers. Extreme temperatures, cold or hot, may shorten the amount of time spent outside, but all participants should come prepared to be outdoors.
What does a typical day look like?
Each day children will begin their time outside. Children should arrive at the Warming House in weather appropriate clothing. Winter boots, wool socks, snow or rain pants, coats, gloves, and hats are essential. We encourage layers. Children will end the day inside the warming house. Instructors will provide games and activites for free play. As well as a snack of warm tea and popcorn.
What does my child need to bring?
Dressing for the weather is key. Please look at the forecast for the day and dress your child warmer than you think is necessary. Coats and gloves can always be removed if the child gets too warm. Over-dressing ensures that your child does not get too cold. Snow or rain pants, wool socks, and waterproof boots will keep your child warm and toasty, leaving them to focus on play. Additionally, each child will be provided a bag with their name on it. This bag should come to school each day with your child. It should contain spare clothing and additional warm clothing. These clothes can be used if your child becomes wet or muddy. Each child should also bring a water bottle. Also, if your child regularly becomes hungry, it is a good idea to send additional snacks they can access.
What is the schedule?
Nature afternoon follows the same schedule as the Lewisburg School District and enrolls by semester. We are currently enrolling for the 2018 Spring Semester. The following are the holiday dates currently built in.
- Monday, January 15th
- Monday, February 19th
- Thursday, March 29th
- Friday, March 30th
- Monday, April 2nd
- Friday, February 16th (Floating Snow Day)
- Wednesday, March 28th (Floating Snow Day)