Our Preschool Programs

Babes in the Woods – NEW!

  • Caregiver with 12-21 month olds
  • Mondays, Feb. 5 – March 26, 2018 (7 weeks)
  • Fridays, Feb. 9 – April 6, 2018 (8 weeks)
  • 10 – 11 a.m.

Our “Knee High to Nature” program, tailored to a younger audience! We will take our time as we explore all the natural world has to offer. Come connect with your child and other families through songs, stories, projects and live animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Child must be born between January 1, 2016 and October 1, 2016.


Knee High to Nature

  • Caregiver and 2 year olds
  • 1-day per week
  • Offered Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday

Spend an hour each week with your inquisitive toddler as we engage in hands-on, sensory-based activities both indoors and out.


Nature Time for Twos

  • 2 year old drop off
  • Choose 1-day or 2-days per week
  • Offered Monday through Friday

Two-year-old children will have many exciting stories to bring home as they learn about nature through our special nature based curriculum. Throughout the school year, they will learn about the animals that live here at the Darien Nature Center.  Children will hear special stories, sing songs and create nature crafts.


Critters and Kids

  • 3-5 year old drop off
  • Choose 1-day per week
  • Offered Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday Mornings
  • NEW this year- Thursday Afternoon

Calling all animal lovers! Critters and Kids is just for you. This hands-on, animal-centered program is where kids will discover nature from an animal’s perspective.


Nature’s Playroom

  • 3-5 year old drop off
  • Choose 1-day per week
  • Offered Monday, Thursday or Friday Mornings
  • NEW this year- Thursday & Friday Afternoon

The Darien Nature Center staff will work with your children to help them understand the natural world around them. Outdoor exploration, stories, songs, live animal encounters and craft projects will all be part of this engaging, hands-on program.


Lunch Bunch – Extended Day!

  • 3-5 years old
  • Offered Monday through Friday
  • 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

If your child is participating in Nature’s Playroom or Critters and Kids, you can register for an extended day with Lunch Bunch. Children will enjoy a group lunch with their classmates then have opportunities for one-on-one animal encounters, creating unique crafts, and nature exploration!


"My daughter loved her 2s program she did last year. A year later and she still talks about her teachers, who were kind, nurturing and lovely. We love the Darien Nature Center!"

– Parent