Thursday, December 5, 2013

We're Blogging!

I am so happy to announce and present our new blog.  It's been a long time coming and it's here!  Many of you know exactly who we are and what we do, but so many of our own residents still don't know about this hidden gem just minutes from their doorstep.  Our goal is to see this change.  Follow our blog, pin our projects, and help us get the word out!

So where exactly are we? 

Our physical address is:

355 E. Bob Jones Rd. Southlake, TX 76092

Directions from Highway 114:

From 114, exit on Whites Chapel Blvd. heading north.  You will pass Walnut Grove Elementary School, Camp Burnett, the Bob Jones Park soccer fields, The Clariden School, etc.  There are signs on the side of the road leading to the nature center.  Follow White's Chapel Blvd. to Bob Jones Rd. and turn right.  Follow it down past some houses and horse pasture.  We are on the right hand side of the road with a lovely engraved stone sign out front.  Go through the black gates and follow the road down to our parking lot.  At this point you will see the center (please come in and say hello!), the big red barn, and the trail head.

Our trails are free and open to the public to enjoy.  You can come to do a leisurely lunchtime stroll or come ready for a more ambitious adventure and use our trail as a starting point to the more than 20 miles of trail that connect us to even more cross timbers ecosystem and Lake Grapevine.

Our Amazing Programs for Young Children...

We offer an awesome one day a week outdoor preschool program.  I know many Southlake residents that feel they must brave Ft. Worth traffic twice a day to have their child attend nature based preschools at larger museums.  I am sure many will be thrilled to know that we have a high quality program right here in our backyard.  Not only is the location easily accessible, we are also unique in that our program is largely based outdoors...studying nature where it happens.  We keep the kids physically active, engaged, learning, and having fun.

Our teachers are incredibly knowledgeable, come with many years of experience both in working with young children and the environment, and are warm and engaging.

In January 2014, we kick off an exciting new season of Young Explorers and Babes in the Woods.  Young Explorers are independent 3's-6 years of age.  Babes are 18 months-young 3's that come with an adult partner. 

The theme for January is Predatory Mammals.  Week by week topics include:  Coyotes in the Cold, Foxes in the Frost, Bobcats Brrrr..., and Cool Cougars.  Please visit our website to register online or give us a call and we can register you right over the phone.

Why consider outdoor preschool? 

Watch this fascinating video about some of the outdoor schools in Norway (considered to have one of the strongest educational systems in the world).  If the video does not pop up on your device, you can follow this link.

As the weather cools down over the next couple days here in Southlake, consider some of the insights from the Norwegians on weather..."there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes"...and get outside with your kids!

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