Nature Preschool

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Spring 2019!

Registration is NOW OPEN for SPRING 2019! Registration for the 2019-2020 school year starts in March.

Check out our SPRING SPECIALS (valid through March 1, 2019)

  • Sibling Discount: Save $100 on your March tuition when you register a sibling for the Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center. *
  • Afternoon Discount: Save $100 on your March tuition when you register for an afternoon session at the Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center.*
  • Refer-a-friend: Receive a $50 credit on your March tuition payment when you refer a friend that registers and attends the program. (Only valid if the student enrolls in the program and is still active at the time that the March tuition payment is due).*

*Spring Specials are valid only for the 2018-2019 school year; subject to availability. Limit one promotional discount per student.

The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center

Tuition Rate and Policies

The Nature Preschool is a program of Ijams Nature Center, a 501(c) 3 non-profit. We rely on revenue from tuition fees for the preschool’s operating expenses. It is essential that you pay tuition promptly and regularly. By enrolling your child in Nature Preschool and signing the Contract for Preschool Services, you agree to pay the fees as set out in the policies and procedures.

Annual Tuition is $1960. A $200 deposit is necessary to secure a child’s place in the Nature Preschool. The deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the March tuition payment. Tuition is billed quarterly on the following schedule:
September ($490)
November ($490)
January ($490)
March 1 ($290)

Tuition is proactive, so prorated fees are not available unless a child enrolls after the mid-point of each quarter.

A one-time $60 discount is made to accounts paid in full for the entire preschool year by check or cash on or before the first day of preschool.

Note: Students must be fully potty-trained, and be 3 years of age by September 1, 2018 to be eligible for the preschool.

For more information, please download the Parent Handbook and read our Nature Preschool Frequently Asked Questions.

The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center

Hours

Two-days sessions will be offered for both morning and afternoon.

Current enrollment options are:

  • Monday/Wednesday Morning (9 am – 12 pm)
  • Tuesday/Thursday Morning (9 am – 12 pm)
  • Tuesday/Thursday Afternoon (1 pm – 4 pm)

The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center

How to Schedule a Tour

Once you have filled out our online registration form below, you will be contacted with further instructions about arranging a time for a brief visit. These initial visits are intended to be brief (15-20 minutes) and to allow for parents to observe the program ONLY. Because the teachers are focused on the students, it is NOT intended to be a hosted visit for parents to ask questions. If you would like to make arrangements to speak with the teachers and ask questions about the program, that will need to be arranged separately and can be scheduled for a time when school is not in session.

About the Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center

The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center (NPINC) is a unique learning experience that takes inquiry and discovery into the outdoors! Not only does this provide an amazing resource for our Knoxville community, but it is also a wonderful way to strengthen our mission. NPINC focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, and experiential learning for children ages 3-5. Most of the day will be spent outdoors, exploring nature and making a strong connection with the environment. Children will learn through play and exploration. NPINC develops the whole child. Not only do children develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning, but they also cultivate a love of nature that is the basis for a conservation ethic later in life.

For more information, please download the Parent Handbook and read our Nature Preschool Frequently Asked Questions.

Register Now for Spring 2019! 

Registration is NOW OPEN for SPRING 2019! Registration for the 2019-2020 school year starts in March.

What is a Nature-Based Preschool?

To be considered a Nature-Based Preschool, nature must be at the heart of the program. While Nature Preschools have the same child development goals as any other high quality preschool, the curriculum and teachers achieve these developmental goals through nature-based experiences.”

The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center

Registration Dates

Preschool Summer Camp: OPEN NOW! Find out more here.

Nature Preschool: Registration is NOW OPEN for SPRING 2019! Find out more here. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year starts in March.

For more information, please read our Nature Preschool Frequently Asked Questions.