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Children Need Nature!

Our Philosophy

All the evidence is out there to suggest that children need access to nature to explore, learn and grow.  This program offers a safe and guided curriculum that combines the best of outdoor philosophies to provide children with the tools to explore the world around them.  It provides a growth mindset learning model that follows appropriate learning standards for 3-6 year-olds and allows them to:  Foster a love for learning; Have confidence in themselves and their abilities; Grow a strong learning foundation for school preparedness; Be a steward for nature and change in the world; Discover emotions, teamwork, and responsibility.

Our Mission

Little Explorers is an early education outreach of PlanIt Landscape Perspectives, LLC at zero profit to continue and cultivate a child’s love for nature throughout the seasons through timely nature based play and instruction while developing a love for learning through a half day program.

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Tuesday/Thursday

Age 3*

Morning 9-11:30

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Tuesday-Thursday

Ages 4-5*

Morning 9-12:00

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Tuesday-Thursday

Ages 4-6*

Afternoon 1-3:30

Enroll

* By Sept 1 to follow district age requirements for school, potty trained is a must.

Minimum registration required for classes to run- 80%- no more than 14 per class maximum) 

**For registration issues, please contact Andrea B. at 630-544-5934

Sessions

All classes are broken up into Four Sessions with 1-2 week unit topics. Schedule will follow district wide schedule for appropriate holidays/breaks.​ Registration will open in mid July for Fall Explorers with next sessions opening up a month prior to the starting week.

Fall Explorers: 8 weeks Seasonal Units (24 days- includes 5 prep days)
Beginning of Sessions- Week of September 2
End of Session- Week of October 21
Changing Season Explorers: 7 weeks Seasonal Units (21 days)
Beginning of Sessions- Week of October 28
End of Session- Week of December 16th
Winter Explorers: 9 weeks Seasonal Units (21 days)
Beginning of Sessions- Week of January 6
End of Session- Week of March 3
Spring Explorers: 9 weeks (27 days- includes 1 clean up day)
Beginning of Sessions- Week of March 10
End of Session May 12

Meet The Team

Four highly qualified early education focused staff will be present at each class along with daily volunteers as needed.  The staff is trained in First Aid and CPR as well as Nature Based Early Education Programming.  Additionally, through the year, our staff will have continuing education days to continue to bring the best to this program.

 

Biographies of staff coming soon!

Location

Camp Greene Wood, Odakota Lodge, 3131 71st St. Naperville, 60540

 

Entry will be through gate 4 of the camp across from Castaldo Park. Drop off/pick up will be at Odakota Lodge  Easily accessible from 355 or Rt 53 and adequate parking onsite. Camp Greene Wood is a beautiful 100 plus acre site with hiking trails, creeks, forests, prairies, wetlands, and more. It offers a safe and wonderful playground for exploration and learning. More than adequate and accessible indoor space at Odakota lodge is available during inclement weather days or weather emergencies. 

Tuition

Tuition will be paid in full, two weeks before each unit sessions.  Tuition will cover instructors' salary, insurances, site rental, and some community pooling costs for supplies.  This is a zero profit program, so all resources will benefit participants. 

Fall Explorers: 8 Weeks

Tuesday/Thursday Class 9-11:30 (3s) - $800.00

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Class 9-12:00 (4s-5s) - $1,440.00

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Afternoon Class 1-3:30pm (4s-6s) - $1,200.00

 

Changing Seasons Explorers: 7 Weeks

Tuesday/Thursday Class 9-11:30 (3s) - $700.00

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Class 9-12:00 (4s-5s) - $1,260.00

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Afternoon Class 1-3:30pm (4s-6s) - $1050.00

 

Winter Explorers: 9 Weeks

Tuesday/Thursday Class 9-11:30 (3s) - $900.00

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Class 9-12:00 (4s-5s) - $1,620.00

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Afternoon Class 1-3:30pm (4s-6s) - $1,350.00

 

Spring Explorers: 9 Weeks

Tuesday/Thursday Class 9-11:30 (3s) - $900.00

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Class 9-12:00 (4s-5s) - $1,620.00

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Afternoon Class 1-3:30pm (4s-6s) - $1,350.00

 

Once registration is complete your application will be confirmed and your deposit required to secure your spot for the session.

Additional Information

Daily Schedule

Arrival

Stations (exploration hands on stations)

Group Activity (Activity or craft)

Exploration (Hiking, exploring, discovering)

Circle Time (Activity)

Snack/Story Community clean up

Departure

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are available at all locations but make sure that your child has recently used the bathroom prior to the start of class to avoid initial delays to the start of the day.

 

Weather

In case of inclement weather, options will be provided to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each child.  We will follow district and county advisories to determine full closures.  These will be announced on Storypark prior to session start.

 

Absences

If you need to miss a session for any reason please contact the instructor prior to the start of class.  No refunds will be given for absent days.

 

Behavior

This is a family environment and respect for all staff, caregivers, and children are required.  Failure to do so will involve removal from the program.  Persistent behavioral problems will be discussed with parent/caregiver group and staff to determine a community course of action.

 

Communication

Communication is vital for success.  Access to phone, email, and social platform (Story Park) will be utilize to communicate about children’s progress, care, images, site updates, and weather.

 

* Explorer directory will be provided at the start of class to coordinate and foster relationships.

Contact

For registration issues, please contact Andrea B. at 630-544-5934. For program questions please email littleexplorers@planit.land or amanda@planit.land, or call 630-200-1485

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