With over an acre of wooded hiking trails and a babbling brook, our outdoor nature classroom is an amazing laboratory for study of the natural world around us. Toddlers and preschoolers plant and tend organic vegetable gardens, yielding a bounty of fresh vegetables for summer snacks. In concert with our Carrot Patch families, we are engaged in the continuing evolution of this magical wooded environment for our children to revel in the wonders of nature.
Our outdoor classroom began with the expertise of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an architect, two biologists, a builder, and a long-time early childhood educator. Since then we have tapped area resources, including a botanist from UConn's Agricultural Experiment Station and a retired forester to increase the knowledge base for our studies. The Preschool and Toddler teaching staff engage in continuing education targeted to enhance their use of the outdoor classroom. Our preschoolers visit the outdoor classroom every day--rain or shine, and the toddlers nearly as often.