Cross Timbers Forest Preschool

Nature immersion outdoor preschool classes in the Cross Timbers Ecosystem:

Our Cross Timbers Forest Preschool program is based on European-style Forest Schools. Children* explore nature through hands-on activities, nature lessons, music, stories, hikes and crafts.

*Children must be between the ages of 3-5 years old and potty independent, no exceptions.

Why forest preschool?

Academic research tells us that natural environments improve:

  • Standardized test scores
  • Grade point averages
  • Concentration
  • Teamwork
  • Cooperation
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking

Read research studies here and here.


  • Max 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Well trained and caring staff
  • Healthy, organic snack provided during class
  • Over 700 acres to explore
  • Diverse Cross Timbers flora and fauna
  • Six specific outdoor classrooms
    • Pollinator Garden, Perennial Gardens, Edible Gardens, Preserve Trails, Local Fresh Water Sources and Charlie’s Composting Corner

What to Bring/Wear

Please dress children in closed-toe shoes, clothing appropriate for outdoor weather; bring a water bottle and backpack labeled with your child’s name. 

Tuition and Discounts

Tuition varies depending how many days your child attends – see cost in next section. Payment plans are available. Can’t start on Day 1? Prorated tuition is also available. Become a BJNC Member and receive a 10% discount. Or if you are sending more than one child, receive a 10% sibling discount. Call 817-491-6333 for details or become a member here.

Preschool Participant Information

Location: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
Ages: 3-5
Class Size: Min 4 – Max 12 (Student to Instructor Ratio 6:1)
Four-Day Option: Four monthly payments of $505 
Three-Day Option: Four monthly payments of $390
Two-Day Option: Four monthly payments of $280 
One-Day Option: Four monthly payments of $141.25
Pro-rated Tuition: $38.00/class if joining after semester begins

(Note: Must commit to entire semester or remaining semester–should you join after start date.) You may pay the full amount up-front OR monthly payments will be expected by the First Tuesday of every month for that semester. 

Spring 2017 Date(s): January 3 – April 28

Refunds and Cancellations: Classes cancelled by parents up to eight weeks before the start of a class session are refunded at 100% excluding all processing fees. Classes cancelled within four weeks of the class sessions start date are refunded at 50% excluding all processing fees. Classes cancelled within two weeks of the class sessions start date will not be issued a refund of any kind. In those cases where there is a waiting list and your spot(s) are filled, we will stop your payments.

Eventbrite - Cross Timbers Forest Preschool - Fall 2016

About the Preschool Staff

Dan Friedman, Education Coordinator

Dan has developed and taught educational programs for a variety of non-profit organizations. Most recently, he coordinated the Trinity River Audubon Center’s Schoolyard Investigations Program, which offered outdoor, hands-on nature lessons to elementary school students in the Dallas area – there, he also led the eco-investigation field trip program, conservation workshop and summer camps. In the past, Dan coordinated family-centered community programs for the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life Division, providing arts, recreational and educational experiences. He also led outdoor and classroom activities for two years at Kent Place Camp in New Jersey, his home state. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a research focus on nature writing, and Environmental Studies.

Cecelia Lafavers, Preschool Teacher

Cecelia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Primary Education from Texas Christian University in 1991 and has been teaching ever since. Cecelia taught at Dallas ISD schools for 17 years, followed by The Dallas Arboretum and Texas Wildlife Association. She finds great joy in developing a passion for nature and wildlife in her students, while nurturing a child’s individual needs. Cecelia enjoys spending time with her family as well as gardening, reading and traveling.

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