Nature Preschool

The Minnesota Zoo Nature Preschool is a licensed, unique, in-person educational experience for preschool children to learn and grow!

Nature Preschool

This spring we are opening the Minnesota Zoo Nature Preschool! This licensed preschool is a nature-based, play-driven program that utilizes developmentally appropriate practices within the unique natural setting of the Minnesota Zoo. We are offering part-time, half-day programming for preschool-aged children to learn and grow alongside their peers while learning and exploring at the Zoo!

The Nature Preschool will be located at the Granary Classroom at the Wells Fargo Family Farm and utilize all the natural spaces and trails around the Zoo campus.

3-5 years of age
Children must be three years of age by the starting date of classes to enroll in the Nature Preschool (ages 3-4) group.
Children must be four years of age by the starting date of classes to enroll in the Nature Preschool (ages 4-5) group.
All children must be toilet trained upon enrollment.

Class Sessions:
- Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:00 am-11:30 am (ages 3-4)
- Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 1:00 pm-3:30 pm (ages 4-5)

Fees per session per child:
- Two-day (ages 3-4) option: $350/month
- Three-day (ages 4-5) option: $450/month
- There is a one-time per session per child registration fee (non-refundable) fee of $100.

During checkout please choose the Payment Plan option for the number of Preschool Days you are choosing and that will set up your monthly automatic payments. When you register online, your credit card will be charged the $100 non-refundable fee along with the first month's payment. Your card will be charged on the first of each month after that.

The Nature Preschool takes place April 3, 2023 through June 7, 2023. We follow the District 196 calendar and are closed during the summer months.

Registration for the following school year will open in early summer with classes starting after Labor Day.

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