Nature Preschool

In Between is Living

07 Apr 2017, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Animals, Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

As early childhood educators we are tasked with addressing not just the joyful parts of a child’s life, but also the more difficult. As naturalists we also have a healthy understanding of the circle of life.  Some animals have distressingly short lifespans, from 2 years…

Meet … Davnet Schaffer

15 Feb 2016, Posted by Elissa Bass in DPNC, Nature Preschool

Today we introduce you to Davnet Conway Schaffer, who has been director of our Nature Preschool since its founding in 2006, and the Nature Center’s associate director since 2015. Davnet has been instrumental in creating the Preschool’s welcoming atmosphere, and is an ardent believer in the…

Alumni Parade – 10 Years of Nature-Based Preschool

10 Jan 2016, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Nature Preschool

On an icy January day 10 years ago the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Preschool came to life. Inspired by the Waldkindergarten model popular in Europe and coming shortly on the heels of Richard Louv’s groundbreaking 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, the Nature Center recognized a…

Back to School, Back to Play

02 Oct 2015, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

It’s that time of year again, when friends and family return from their vacations filled with stories about  summer adventures.   One morning last week a child who is joining us for their second year came in to say hello and we got to chatting about their summer break….

Fighting Cabin Fever

08 Mar 2015, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

“Another kind of freedom for children, and adults, comes from being out of the owned space of schools and houses.  The sky, the clouds, the rain, the wind are for everyone equally. Neither do the birds and insects belong to anyone… Being outside expands our…

Fixing Recess

09 Feb 2015, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

Last week we posted a photo to our Facebook page showing our nature preschool children climbing up a snow covered ledge.  Many people were surprised to see preschoolers happily trudging around in waist deep snow and climbing such a big ledge.  The photo stands as a simple testament to what we mean when…

Congratulation Graduates!

06 Jun 2014, Posted by Elissa Bass in Nature Preschool

The Nature Center Preschool had its “graduation” ceremony Friday, and 24 boys and girls received certificates of excellence and gifts. Congratulations to all our graduates, and great job to those students who will be back in the fall! Thank you to all the parents and…

Poetry, Pie & Preschoolers

25 Apr 2014, Posted by Elissa Bass in Nature Preschool

To mark National Poetry Month, our Nature Preschoolers spent all of April learning about poetry, and writing their own. On Friday April 25, the school held its annual Poetry & Pie Day, in which the students’ work is displayed in an Enchanted Poetry Forest, and…