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Nature Play & Learning


Nature play at TCS is play with purpose!


In our classrooms, in our science program, in our outdoor play space and gardens, in the woods, on field trips -- no matter the venue at The Children's School, our time in nature is time well spent.


We learn cooperatively and creatively. We navigate healthy risk-taking. We build our muscles for climbing trees, experiencing joy, and asking questions. Our health and our curiosity are nurtured along the way as we build community and learn to take action for the environment and our neighbors.  

Here are some of the many ways we connect kids with the natural world at The Children's School.

Explore with us!


Nature and Science Weave Throughout our Curriculum

Regular class trips to the woods spark children's imagination, creativity, and sense of wonder. Free play and exploration in nature develop observational skills, an appreciation for life and the environment. Group time in the woods builds collaboration and leadership ability. Students also help the forest preserve district in stewardship activity, cleaning out opportunistic plants and litter.

The Woods

Class field trips to botanic gardens, green industries and architecture, agricultural co-ops, and more, are often part of our school year. This demonstrates to our students the wider applications an understanding of nature can bring to community building, solving today's problems, and new career opportunities.

Field Trips

Classrooms are indoor venues for sprouting new plants, caring for a class pet, hatching butterflies and praying mantises, or raising trout minnows for conservation studies. Nature sciences frequently form the foundation of both group and individual project work. Whenever possible, teachers look for ways to integrate related nature studies and environmental stewardship into project topics.


We added Kayaking to
our Woods program,
and it's a great success!

Follow "Forest News"
with Mr. Will Hudson 


Meet Mr. Will Hudson, who, in addition to being our 6th-grade teacher, for many years has led much of our outdoor education program. Enjoy his insights in "Forest News" on science-based exploration both during our time at school and in the woods.

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