Nature School

ENROLLMENT OPEN NOW. AM is FULL. PM has a few spots. 
Please call BVRA at (570) 524-4774 to register or to be added to the wait list.

Nature School is BVRA’s nature-based preschool. Inspired by Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio-Emilia educational philosophies, this nature-based curriculum focuses on a variety of themes that reflect children’s discoveries in both indoor and outdoor classrooms. Outdoor exploration in all types of weather is an integral part of each day. Nature inspires the curriculum and focuses on themes that mimic the changing of seasons.

The Nature School preschool day is designed to create a balance between free creative play and more structured activities that help develop a child’s ability to work independently and cooperatively and to act in a caring and responsible way towards the environment, themselves and others. We engage in domestic, practical and artistic activities that the children readily imitate (baking, painting, gardening, etc.) and allow ample time for outdoor exploration in the Children’s Play Garden (BVRA’s outdoor classroom). Woven into these experiences are hands-on games and experiences that well-prepare children to enter the next phase of school life. Motivated by their own curiosity, children may choose from many thoughtfully prepared hands-on learning materials that foster the development of gross and fine motor skills, reasoning, math, and pre-reading or reading skills, as the child is ready. Our mission is to provide a high quality childhood experience that meets the developmental needs of the whole child (artistic, social, emotional, physical, cognitive) while inspiring them to connect with nature.

Classes will take place in the Warming House, the Children's Play Garden and throughout Lewisburg Park's more "wild" areas (not the playgrounds); rain, snow or shine. Children must be potty proficient AND 3 years old, and parents will need to provide outdoor clothing for all types of weather.

About Our Teachers:

Emily Wessel is an education specialist who has worked in both non traditional and traditional class room spaces. Emily has attended Waldorf emersion programs as well as Montessori teacher trainings. Emily graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Art.  While completing her degree, she worked with ESL programs in local elementary schools, where she worked one-on-one with students. That experience led her to pursue an internship at an art school; where she was involved in every aspect of the teaching process.  She was the  Bloomsburg Children’s Museum’s art instructor.  There she worked with  children ages 3-12 with a focus on process art making. In addition, she works locally as a substitute teacher.   When asked about her style of teaching Emily replied.  “My academic background in art gives me a creative mindset that sets me apart. I think outside the box of traditional lessons and pedagogy to find new ways to demonstrate subject matter.”  In addition Emily has always loved being outside, and feels a deep connection with nature. You can contact Emily at education@bvrec.org or at 570-524-4774.   Marah Biddle is BVRA's recreation director who has worked with Nature School students for the past 3 years. In addition to a formal education from Lock Haven, Marah has a special connection with nature and the world around us influenced by growing up and living on a working farm! She is excited to bring her love of nature to our youngest students.


Fall 2019 Semester: Monday, August 26th through Friday, December 20th. 

5 Day Tuition

  • 16 Weeks with 7 Holidays
  • $360 Monthly, $1,368 for the semester

3 Day Tuition (M,W,F)

  • 16 Weeks with 4 Holidays
  • $216 Monthly, $810 for the semester

2 Day Tuition (Tu, Th)

  • 16 weeks with 1 holidays
  • $120 Monthly, $558 for the semester
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