Nature Preschool

This Wildwood Nature Center program for 3- to 4-year-olds infuses traditional readiness learning and preschool activities with an emphasis on the natural world and daily outdoor discovery. In addition to their ABC's and 123's, children hike the trails, draw in their journals, turn over logs to look for insects and worms, practice science concepts, and get to know the animals at Wildwood while developing lifelong learning skills. All children must be completely toilet trained to participate.

Nature Preschool Documents

Fall 2018 Brochure
Daily Benefits Overview, Learning Objectives & Key Benefits
Fall Registration Info
Lesson Topics & Themes

2018 Nature Preschool Meet & Greets

Students currently enrolled in Fall session of Nature Preschool are invited to drop in and see the classroom, meet the teachers, and ask any questions. Nature Preschoolers can also pick up their backpacks, drop off immunization records and birth certificate, and sign up for a snack day. 

Class Date Time Room (at Maine Park)
Tu/Th AM & PM Monday, August 20 6:00-7:00pm Hickory
Mon/Wed/Fri AM Wednesday, August 22 5:30-6:15pm Hickory
Mon/Wed/Fri PM Wednesday, August 22 6:30-7:15pm Hickory
Fri PM Wednesday, August 22 6:30-7:15pm Hickory
Mon AM Wednesday, August 22 6:30-7:15pm Walnut
Fri AM Wednesday, August 22 5:30-6:15pm Walnut


Fall 2018

Open registration begins March 11.

Activity Day Date Times R/NR fee
5160310-01 M Aug 27-Dec 17 9-11:30am $252/$306
5160310-02 F Aug 31-Dec 14 9-11:30am $270/$328
5160310-03 F Aug 31-Dec 14 Noon-3pm $270/$328
5160320-01 M/W/F Aug 27-Dec 17 9-11:30am $791/$952
5160320-02 M/W/F Aug 27-Dec 17 12:30-3pm $791/$952
5160330-01 Tu/Th Aug 28-Dec 18 9-11:30am $558/$672
5160330-02 Tu/Th Aug 28-Dec 18 12:30-3pm $558/$672
Lunch Bunch

Children can bring their lunch and then enjoy indoor and outdoor play. They are escorted to/from lunch and the Nature Preschool program by staff.

Activity Day Date Times R/NR fee
5160340-02 M Aug 27-Dec 17 11:30am-12:30pm $81/$117
5160340-12 Tu Aug 28-Dec 18 11:30am-12:30pm $91/$131
5160340-13 W Aug 29 - Dec 19 11:30am-12:30pm $91/$131
5160340-14 Th Aug 30-Dec 13 11:30am-12:30pm $86/$124
5160340-01 F Aug 31-Dec 14 11:30am-12:30pm $86/$124
5160340-22 M/W/F Aug 27-Dec 17 11:30am-12:30pm $256/$362
5160340-33 Tu/Th Aug 28-Dec 18 11:30am-12:30pm $176/$250


This Nature Preschool is a separate, but complementary program to the Park Ridge Park District Licensed Preschool. If you have any questions please contact Molly Kowalski at 847-692-3570 or