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
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
- 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
* Bob Jones Nature Center’s educational programs are neither licensed nor exempt from licensing by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
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 at the Family or above level 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
Class Size: Min 4 – Max 12 (Student to Instructor Ratio 6:1)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday) and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (afternoon classes are only on Wednesdays)
One-day: $565; $141.25 per month; $37.66 per class rate
Two-day: $1,120; $280 per month; $37.33 per class rate
Three-day: $1,560; $390 per month; $34.66 per class rate
Four-day: $2,020; $505 per month; $33.66 per class rate
(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 2018 Dates: January 9 – April 27
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.
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.
Want to Learn More?
- Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
- The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age
- Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family’s Health & Happiness
- How To Raise A Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling In Love With Nature
In the News
- On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already
- The Diane Rehm Show, Environmental Outlook: New Reasons To Get Kids Outdoors
- Mind/Shift, How Access to Nature During The School Year Can Help Students Thrive