Early Learners

Engaging early learners and their grown ups in the outdoors offers immersive ways to connect with nature and our role in its beauty. Preschool Environmental Education Project (PEEP) is a multi-pronged nature-based early childhood program for early learners and their grown ups. Our programming connects the youngest children to the outdoors and develop lifelong relationships with nature in their neighborhoods.

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We have school-year Preschool Environmental Education Project (PEEP) partnerships available for childcare centers, preschools and kindergarten classes. PEEP offers fun indoor programs at your location for ages 1 - 3 yrs old and field trips to the Urban Ecology Center starting at age 3. Meet and exceed early learning standards while celebrating the seasons with your class!

Interested in a PEEP Partnership?

New Washington Park and Riverside Park Partnerships openings!

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Public Programs

We also have year-round Public Programs available for children to explore the wild spaces each Urban Ecology Center calls home - Washington Park, Three Bridges Park and Riverside Park.  PEEP offers seasonal 2 hour hand-in-hand experiences for very young children and full-day drop off programs on days off of school for K4/K5. Explore, learn and play outdoors with our fun and knowledgeable early childhood educators!

Upcoming Programs

Find upcoming K4 and K5 public programs on our calendar.

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Professional Development

Want to learn more about Nature-based Early Childhood Education? We offer a wide-variety of  presentations, focus workshops, seminars, and credit courses for grown-ups who teach and inspire children. Gain techniques, information and resources through our fun and engaging training opportunities.

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A group of kids engaged in a nature lesson outside