Enrollment is now open for preschoolers starting the program the fall of 2021! If you have questions about our nature preschool program, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our kindergarten readiness program for children ages 3-5 uses environmental education to support the development of the whole child
Nature Preschools have the same child development goals as other high-quality preschools, but the curriculum and teachers achieve these developmental goals through nature-centered experiences. This provides children with unique opportunities to learn about the natural world while also providing daily personal growth and achievement opportunities. By connecting young children with the natural world, we hope to inspire a lifelong love of nature, foster an environmental ethic, and encourage a caring attitude that will follow each child throughout their life.
2021-2022 application and registration process
- Please read through the handbook in its entirety which includes information about tuition and fees.
- Apply and/or schedule a site visit (site visit not required).
- At this time, we anticipate having seven non-Head Start spots available for next year. Spots will be filled by a first-come, first-served basis until the class is full at which time we will generate a waiting list. If more spots become available, we’ll contact those on the waiting list in order of application submission.
- Submitting an application and the accompanying $20 fee serves as a placeholder for your spot (unless you notify us that you no longer wish to continue with the enrollment process).
- In order to finalize registration, additional forms need to be completed. We’ll email those to you in the middle of May.
- Your child is officially enrolled once you have received a confirmation that all forms have been completed and returned and processed by Eagle Bluff.
Any further questions should be directed to Colleen, 507.467.2714.
Wait List: If all our preschool spots fill up, we’ll continue to accept waitlist applications (and the $20 fee in case of openings for the 2021-22 preschool year. The 2021-22 waiting list application does not carry over to fall 2022 or any other future fall.
2021-2022 school year, tuition rates & hours information
2021-2022 school year
September 7, 2021 – June 16, 2022. Our classroom operates four days a week, Monday-Thursday, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Tuition is $155.00 per week ($37.38 per day) and includes breakfast, lunch, and snack. In addition a $7.00 supply fee will be billed monthly per child. Holidays or other known closure days will not be included in the cost of services.
Busing information (optional)
Rolling Hills Bus service may be available in some of the towns surrounding Eagle Bluff. The roundtrip price for busing is $12.00 per day. All bus forms must be received no later than August 6, 2021. Further information about busing policies and procedures will be available soon.
Licensing & accreditation information
SEMCAC Head Start Partnership
Eagle Bluff Nature Preschool is proud to partner with Semcac’s Head Start Program. The preschool class at Eagle Bluff will have a combination of both Head Start and non-Head Start students. Since students will receive instruction from both Head Start and non-Head Start teachers, we have provided information regarding Head Start’s vision, philosophy, and goals in appendix of the handbook.
Eagle Bluff’s Nature Preschool, in partnership with Head Start, is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). The program also has a 4 Star Parent Aware Rating from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Why Nature Preschool?
Years of research and studies have been conducted on the benefits of nature-based early childhood education, showing that such programming:
Supports creativity and problem solving
Play in nature is especially important for developing capacities for creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual development (Kellert, 2005).
Enhances cognitive abilities
Proximity to, views of, and daily exposure to natural settings increases children’s ability to focus and enhances cognitive abilities (Wells, 2000).
Increases physical activity
Children who experience school grounds with diverse natural settings are more physically active, more aware of nutrition, more civil to one another and more creative (Bell and Dyment, 2006).
Improves social relations
Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005).
Supports multiple development domains
Nature is important to children’s development in every major way—intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically (Kellert, 2005).
Access to green spaces, and even a view of green settings, enhances peace, self control and self-discipline within inner city youth, and particularly in girls (Taylor, Kuo and Sullivan, 2001).
Ready to apply?
Enrollment for fall 2021 is now open! Click the button below to submit your child’s Eagle Bluff Nature Preschool application!
About Eagle Bluff Nature Preschool
Our guiding principles
· Encourage curiosity, exploration and discovery of the natural world
· Facilitate child initiated learning
· Motivate physical activity
· Facilitate social interaction between/among children
· Provide opportunities for children to develop respectful behavior based on their own experiences in nature
· Provide opportunities for children to practice decision making, testing their limits, and becoming confident in the outdoors
We’ll spend as much time as possible outside exploring the forests, prairies, ponds, and other natural areas at Eagle Bluff. Outdoor experiences complement lessons that are often guided by the interests of the students and seasonal opportunities.
Students will also interact with Eagle Bluff’s captive wildlife such as various reptiles and birds of prey to instill a respect and appreciation for animals.
We are located in rural southeastern Minnesota, just a few miles from the small historic town of Lanesboro in Fillmore County. Our campus is a two hour drive from the Twin Cities, 45 minutes from Rochester, 45 minutes from Winona, and one hour from La Crosse, WI.
The perfect learning environment!
Featuring our Nature Playspace!
A play space for young children that uses natural materials such as logs, rocks, and the surrounding landscape and vegetation to stimulate play and learning.
Our campus & facilities
The natural environment of our 250-acre campus, such as the river, prairies, and forest, serves as the perfect outdoor classroom for preschool students to learn and explore.
Our indoor classroom is located in the Schroeder visitor’s center and was designed to foster activities that help to develop social skills and encourage an excitement for learning.
The staff at Eagle Bluff is comprised of a dedicated team of highly-skilled professional educators, naturalists, and administrative support personnel. Each staff person is committed to creating an outstanding outdoor experience and meeting the needs of each program participant.