Preschool programs designed
to spark a lifelong love of nature.

Collage of preschool kids doing activities at Sheldrake, and preschool arts and crafts.

On-site Preschool Classes

Introduce your child to the wonders of the natural world and help them appreciate exploring nature and learning about ecology.  We offer both Mommy & Me as well as drop-off programs that include plenty of outdoor time and hands-on fun! We also offer the opportunity to organize your own group of preschoolers for one of our weekly Pod programs. Please contact our Program Coordinator, Susan Miele at to inquire about starting your own program.

To engage your preschoolers, our programs include:

  • Specimens
  • Active Role Play
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Songs, poems and storybooks
  • And plenty of outdoor fun!

Classes Taught at Your Preschool

Invite a Sheldrake Naturalist
to your school! We bring nature to you…

Our unique programs help children recognize some of the common creatures that live locally and encourage curiosity while developing skills of observing, describing, and sorting. By focusing on local nature, children develop a sense of place and an awareness of their natural surroundings.

Preschoolers working on sand project during Sheldrake Preschool program.

Sample classes include:

Changing Season

Colorful leaves in fall, flowers in spring, animal tracks in winter – find the magic in each season!

Life under a Log

Worms, millipedes, beetles, salamanders – check out amazing animals from our backyard!

Birds of a Feather

Hear bird calls, play the bird-beak game, learn to recognize cardinals, chickadees, and others.

Plus … Seeds, Pollinators, Adaptations,
Seashore, Habitats, and More!

For more info on preschool classes,
please contact Jocelyn Kleinman at 914-834-1443

Upcoming Preschool Programs