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Notchcliff Forest Preschool

For children ages 3-5 years old

Notchcliff Forest Preschool is a joyful way for young children to play and explore in nature. This is a drop-off program led by two caring adult guides with a maximum of 12 children. Classes meet from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

2023-24 Class Options:
Monday/Wednesday: Chickadees class

Tuesday/Thursday: Spotted Fawns class
Friday: Red Foxes class

Priority enrollment is open for returning families annually from Jan. 1 - Jan. 31. Open enrollment for new families is first come, first serve starting Feb. 1st. (Note: Plan your tour asap to receive the enrollment code.)

Ready to register? Schedule a tour to what we're about! You can learn more about the enrollment process and check out the 2023-24 program cost to complete registration online.

Outdoor Learning

Forest preschool classes take place 100% outdoors. We gear up and enjoy the weather, rain or shine, in all seasons! In extreme circumstances or emergency situations, we have access to a classroom in the main building of Glen Meadows Retirement Community. We are currently renovating an RV that will serve as a new Mobile Nature Classroom, which will also double as emergency shelter space.

Family Involvement
Families actively participate in our learning adventures! We welcome you into the forest to play during select Family Forest Days. We also offer monthly opportunities for families to attend a local outing at a nearby wild space for field trips. These outings allow families to develop kinship while we discover many more gems in our community. We also hold special activities with our 'grand friends' at the retirement community. (Calendar with details will be sent upon enrollment.)


Enrollment and Payments
Cost is based on what you might otherwise pay a sitter! Please note that enrollment is for the full program year (September - May). If space is available, some sessions may be prorated for Jan. - May.

The initial payment is due when you enroll and is non-refundable. The second payment is due Oct. 1, third payment due Dec. 1, fourth payment due Feb. 1 and the final payment due Apr. 1. Reminders with individual balances will be sent approximately two weeks before payments are due.  If you join partway through the year, we will prorate your payment. If you prefer a monthly payment plan, we can also set that up for you. Learn more about our
enrollment process or check out the 2023-24 program cost here.

If you need financial assistance, limited funding is available. We never want funding to be a barrier to our program, but please know that assistance is limited and designed for families with significant financial need. Please contact us to learn more.

Enrollment Requirements
Your child must be three years old by Sept. 1 of the program year when s/he begins. Toilet-training is not required, but please let us know about this sensitive topic in advance so we can best support your child's needs.

Family Agreement & Handbook
Immersive outdoor learning means just that - we are outdoors in all kinds of weather! We require that all parents read and sign our handbook and Family Agreement to acknowledge important policies that guide our programs.


Our calendar, gear guide, and other helpful details are provided in your confirmation email. We look forward to amazing adventures with you and your child!

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