Nature Preschool

We are ONLY enrolling for Tuesday/Thursday afternoon sessions at this time.

First day of school: August 19, 2019

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, 2019 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

The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center offers two-day programs for both morning and afternoon.

Current Two-day enrollment options are:

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

The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center

How to Schedule a Tour

Tours are available Monday afternoon between 1 pm – 4 pm. All tours must be scheduled in advance with our Lead Preschool Teacher Leslee Moore. Please contact Leslee by email to arrange your tour.

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.

2019-2020 School Calendar

August 19                                   First Day of School
September 2                              Labor Day Holiday
October 7-11                              Fall Break
November 27-29                       Thanksgiving Holiday
December 23-January 3          Winter Break
January 20                                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
February 17                               Presidents Day Holiday
March 16-20                               Spring Break
May 21                                        Last Day of School

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

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 the 2019-2020 school year! Find out more here

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