Enriched By Nature

Pumpkin Palooza

October 15, 2022

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Children will experiment with pumpkins by measuring them, testing if they float, and exploring the inside of a pumpkin. We will also explore the trails to check for new leaf colors and paint our very own pumpkins!
 
Some of field explorations children will experience and learn about in nature:
  • Pumpkin Decorating
  • Measure pumpkins
  • Sink or float
  • Explore inside of pumpkin
  • Check for changing leaves
  • Chipmunks and squirrels storing food
  • Geese migrating
Children do need to be potty trained!
 
Parents get to drop off children at 10:00am and pick up for 1:00pm! Parents provide a packed lunch and change of clothes. With the seasons changing we ask to make sure children have proper outer wear. This is a fun event and children have access to inside the classrooms and the outdoors!

Save The Bats

October 22, 2022

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This is such a fun event! We use our light tables and other light media to create a curious environment to spark the wonder of these amazing creatures. Bats help control pests and are important pollinators- just two reasons to learn about and celebrate them! Children will explore using headlamps, our light tables and more while learning about our echolocating pals.
 
Some of the experiences and learning that takes place during this enrichment:
  • Headlamps
  • Light party
  • Light Table
  • Echolocation
  • Big Brown Bats entering hibernation
  • Guess what… some pollinators like bumble bees are still basking in the sun!
Children do need to be potty trained!
 
Parents get to drop off children at 4:00pm-7:00pm and pick up is for 7:00pm. Parents provide a packed dinner and change of clothes. With the seasons changing we ask to make sure children have proper outer wear. This is a fun event and children have access to inside the classrooms and the outdoors!

Getting Ready For Winter!

November 12, 2022

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

How do animals stay warm and safe during winter? What is changing in the world around us? How might animals camouflage for the new season? What could we use to build shelter? This week children will explore our trails for animal tracks and signs of animals as they get ready for winter!
 
These are some topics that children will learn and experience!
  • How animals stay warm/Crisco blubber
  • Building Shelters/Den
  • Tracking signs discovery
  • Coniferous vs. Deciduous
  • Rubber Tracks
  • Camouflage
Children do need to be potty trained!
 
Parents get to drop off children at 10:00am and parents pick up for 1:00pm. Parents provide a packed lunch and change of clothes. With the seasons changing we ask to make sure children have proper outer wear. This is a fun event and children have access to inside the classrooms and the outdoors!

Giving Thanks To Nature

November 19, 2022

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This week we will reflect on all that nature gives to us! As a thank you we will start with a walk on our trails to clean up any litter. Students will then head indoors and experiment with paint using nature’s paintbrushes- corn, apples, leaves, and more!
 
Some topics and field experiences will be focused on:
  • Building Wigwams/Yurt
  • Meaning of Saco/Scarborough
  • Make own paintbrush/paint with corn/pumpkins/apples/leaves
  • Clean up the trails/school grounds
Children do need to be potty trained!
 
Parents get to drop off children at 4:00pm and and pick up is for 7:00pm. Parents provide a packed dinner and change of clothes. With the seasons changing we ask to make sure children have proper outer wear. This is a fun event and children have access to inside the classrooms and the outdoors!

Winter Solstice

December 10, 2022

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with KGE! Children will help to build our very own snow spiral and decorate with lights and pieces of nature collected on a trail walk. They will make their own instruments to celebrate the (upcoming) shortest day of the year with music!
 
Some field experiments children will be able to explore!
  • What is the solstice?
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Snow spiral
  • What Animal track is that?
  • Make musical instruments
Children do need to be potty trained!
 
Parents get to drop off children at 10:00am and parents pick up for 1:00pm. Parents provide a packed lunch and change of clothes. With the seasons changing we ask to make sure children have proper outer wear. This is a fun event and children have access to inside the classrooms and the outdoors!

Santa’s Night Out!

December 17, 2022

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This is such a magical and warm event that sparks the magic and the spirit of the holidays! With caroling, making organic reindeer food, baking cookies, stringing cranberry and popcorn garlands, creating Santa wish list, arts and crafts, and some crisp outdoor fun children get to pretend and take on the imagination of becoming elves and Santa’s little helpers!
 
Parents get the opportunity to take advantage of playing Santa for a few hours while children engage in a few hours of socializing and getting into the holiday spirit!
 
Children do need to be potty trained!
 
Parents get to drop off children at 4:00pm and and pick up is for 7:00pm. Parents provide a packed dinner and change of clothes. With the seasons changing we ask to make sure children have proper outer wear. This is a fun event and children have access to inside the classrooms and the outdoors!

Backyard Birds

January 14, 2023

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This week children will create their own binoculars before observing our trails for the signs and sounds of birds- we might even get to hear our state bird, the Chickadee! We will then create bird feeders using pinecones and sunbutter and head back to the trails to hang them!

Some topics and field experiences will be focused on:

  • Bird Feeders from pine cones
  • Make own binoculars and look for birds
  • What can birds eat in winter?
  • Why can some animals stay here in winter?
  • Listening for chickadees
Children do need to be potty trained!
 
Parents get to drop off children at 10:00am and and pick up is for 1:00pm. Parents provide a packed lunch and change of clothes. With the seasons changing we ask to make sure children have proper outer wear. This is a fun event and children have access to inside the classrooms and the outdoors!

Northern Lights

January 21, 2023

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Northern Lights at night! This week children will “paint” the snow before kicking off a light party with headlamps and disco lights. We will then head inside to create Northern Lights inspired painted creations!

Some topics and field experiences will be focused on:

  • Snow painting with spray bottles + food coloring
  • What are northern lights?
  • Wearing headlamps
  • Disco light party
  • Indoor Northern Lights painting
  • Light and Dark
Children do need to be potty trained!
 
Parents get to drop off children at 4:00pm and and pick up is for 7:00pm. Parents provide a packed dinner and change of clothes. With the seasons changing we ask to make sure children have proper outer wear. This is a fun event and children have access to inside the classrooms and the outdoors!
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