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Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is an all-weather learning community for children ages 3-5 that features opportunities for daily exploration in a beautiful, diverse outdoor setting.
Our program follows a Forest Kindergarten model of nature immersion with emphasis on natural rhythms, seasonal changes, and the natural sciences.
*For information about our new school format in response to COVID-19, please see the FAQ section below.*
We encourage and build on each child’s innate sense of wonder by guiding preschoolers with an inquiry-based teaching style. This builds autonomy as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills. Teachers work with each family to develop appropriate learning plans.
Children learn to be self-motivated, cooperative, respectful, grateful, and aware of their impact on the earth during their experiences with us. Outdoor adventures in all weather conditions facilitate healthy risk-taking. Our days include immersion in varied natural areas, helping to build a child’s sense of place in the world.
Experience in the outdoors builds confidence and strengthens students’ social and emotional growth. By learning to take acceptable risks, preschoolers’ pride, self-worth, and perseverance also grows.
“My child loves LNOP! He would live outdoors if we would let him. He can not wait to see his ‘school family’ every morning and never wants to leave in the afternoons. I love that he is learning to be independent and improve his communication skills. It is also pretty amazing to watch his creativity and curiosity flourish in a natural setting.”
— Preschool Parent
Community in the Outdoors:
We encourage families to build positive attitudes toward all weather possibilities, since, in a child’s mind, there is no “bad” weather, only endless opportunities to learn and play. Our teachers help families choose the appropriate clothing for children, so they will always be comfortable out-of-doors, and we provide . We also help families embrace the dirt and mess that comes with the fierce curiosity of a child blessed with daily nature immersion.
It is crucial for us to create places of learning where children are encouraged in their love of the natural world and inspired to gain more knowledge of it.
“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”— Baba Dioum
Tuition and Fees:
- 5-day/week (Monday through Friday): $650/month
- 3-day/week (M/W/F): $475/month
- 2-day/week (T/Th): $350/month
There is also a $200 annual supply fee.
**We are currently working to increase our scholarship funds so that, soon, income-based financial assistance is available.**
Email Director Monica Woods at email@example.com or call 501-744-8897 for more information!
The benefits of being outside of the “box.”
It is no secret that children need to be outside; that it is a right, not a privilege, and that they thrive when able to do so. It has also been shown that children who are able to play for long periods of time outdoors are happy and confident, as well as better prepared for future academic work. The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool will provide your child with learning opportunities not found in traditional settings. Our program provides the benefits of an outdoor preschool while ensuring that your child develops and practices age appropriate skills.
Scroll through our list of commonly asked questions and please feel free to shoot us an email with any other questions you may have.
The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is an all-weather learning community for children, ages 3-5. We welcome…Learn more
Meet the teachers, visit the indoor and outdoor classrooms and find out what Outdoor Preschool is all ab…Learn more
Your preschooler’s safety is our primary concern and we will constantly monitor weather, especially on…Learn more
Families are asked to supply their preschooler with a lunch and two healthy snacks each day. Lake Nixon …Learn more
Registered preschoolers and families will need to attend the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool Orientation at…Learn more
Our daily schedule is: 7:00am - 8:15am Morning Extended Care* 8:15am Drop Off 8:30am School Begins 8:30a…Learn more
Our program draws from many resources. These include: North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Conscious D…Learn more
We have working partnerships with: River Valley Horticulture, Green Corner Store, Arkansas Heritage Quai…Learn more
Our educational team is a combination of traditionally certified state educators, nontraditional teachers, and other staff bringing a diversity of skills. Learn more below: