CARROLL – The Audubon Community Nature Center is kicking off a new program this week to give parents a break from the kiddos and youngers time outdoors.
Officials say the Nature Play Care is a nature-based supplement to indoor day care or virtual schooling that promotes the playing and exploring that provide the foundations for successful learning.
At Audubon’s Nature Play Care, four to six-year-olds can spend Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday mornings, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., playing outdoors, engaging with nature, and learning about the natural world.
Dates still open this month are Wednesday through Friday, December 16, 17, and 18, and Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 and 31.
In all but the most inclement weather, the children play outdoors, explore the trails, and engage with nature. Experienced nature educators provide a host of supplies and activities that are the building blocks for engineering, science, art, physics, and math skills.
Children participate in a mix of self-chosen and guided activities, both group and solitary. Their pursuits develop a number of early childhood skills such as full-body movement, fine motor skills, balance, core muscle development, risk assessment, and socialization. Guided mini-lessons help students get ready for classroom settings, learn routines, and develop school-readiness skills.
The group says normal health benefits of playing outdoors are undisputed and even more important now as everyone struggles to adapt to the restrictions and consequences of COVID-19.
Audubon requests that children have face coverings with them. Additionally, children must be completely potty trained and parents are asked to send a snack and water bottles with their child.
The fee is $28, and Nature Center members receive a 10 percent discount.
To register, call the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 or go to AudubonCNC.org and click on “Register for a Program.”