Farm and Nature Preschool

Farm & Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park

Is your family interested in a 9-month nature-based preschool program for your child? Will your child be at least 3 ½ and fully potty-trained by the beginning of the school year?

If yes, then the Farm & Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park may be the perfect fit for you!

The mission of The Farm & Nature Preschool is to provide a nature and play-based experiential learning environment to help foster a sustainable culture in our community. Located in the unique setting of a working farm and forested park, our preschool program supports the learning and development of our students mentally, emotionally, physically and socially. Through time spent outdoors in nature as well as through free play and group time in our preschool cottage, we work to provide all children with the opportunity to learn about what interests them in ways that are effective and meaningful.

Our preschool’s curriculum is grounded in the philosophies of learning through play, emergent curriculum, and discovery. In addition to play-based, experiential learning, our curriculum includes science, math, language, visual arts, music, movement and environmental education. These are coordinated into theme-based units which follow the natural cycles of change on our farm and in our forest, stream and meadow. Through our program, children gain independence and self-esteem as they are encouraged by caring and experienced teachers to be active participants in their own learning.

Sports may become available during the school year.  If a class is full, click the link below the class to add your child to the wait list.

2018-2019 Class Information

Creative Play (3½ to 4½ year-olds)
Let your child learn through their own imagination by wiggling like a worm, singing like a bird, playing hide and camouflage in the meadow, or cooking in the mud-kitchen in the garden.  Through play and exploration your child will experience a nurturing and engaging environment that will lay the foundation for success.  With an emphasis on small class size, this program is designed to be a perfect introduction to preschool, ensuring that each child feels part of our preschool family.

Tuesdays/Thursdays    Sept 4 - May 30     9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $353/month

Preschool Adventures (3½ to 5 year-olds)
Play is a child's work, and these preschoolers are working hard.  Whether running like leaves in the breeze, examining Woodpecker holes, spotting slugs on the trails, or discovering the animals that call the forest their home, students are making connections to nature and to each other.  Teacher weave academic concepts throughout the daily activities, ensuring authentic learning.  The wider age range of this class creates a rich environment full of opportunities for students to teach and learn from each other.  At the end of this growth-filled year, older preschoolers will leave ready to take on Kindergarten, while younger students may move into Pre-K Discoveries with a matured sense of place in our preschool community.

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays    Sept 5 - May 31   9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.    
Fee: $399/month

Pre-K Discoveries (4 to 5 year-olds)
Play is a child's work, and these preschoolers are working hard.  Whether running like leaves in the breeze, examining Woodpecker holes, spotting slugs on the trails, or discovering the animals that call the forest their home, students are making connections to nature and to each other.  Teacher weave academic concepts throughout the daily activities, ensuring authentic learning.  The wider age range of this class creates a rich environment full of opportunities for students to teach and learn from each other.  At the end of this growth-filled year, older preschoolers will leave ready to take on Kindergarten, while younger students may move into Pre-K Discoveries with a matured sense of place in our preschool community.

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays   Sept 5 - May 31  12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.    
Fee: $479/month

Open House Playdates
This summer the Farm & Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park will host two Open House Playdates for enrolled and prospective families!  Please join us to find out more about our preschool program, meet our teachers, and explore beautiful Farrel-McWhirter Park.  Please bring a picnic lunch or just stop by for a while to learn more about our play-based, nature focused preschool.  Siblings are welcome!

Saturday, June 16 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Hutcheson Picnic Shelter for prospective and enrolled families.

Saturday, July 21 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Hutcheson Picnic Shelter for enrolled families only.

Registration Information for New Families for the 2018-2019 School Year
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year began on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. A non-refundable Enrollment Fee of one full month’s tuition is required to secure your child’s spot at the Farm & Nature Preschool for the upcoming school year. If you stay for the duration of the 2018-2019 school year, this amount will be applied to the final month of the school year. Our program runs for 9 months, and all students must be 3½ years old and potty trained prior to the first day of school. For more details please visit Nature Vision.

Withdrawal Policy

The Enrollment Fee to hold your child’s place for the upcoming school year is non-refundable. If you choose to withdraw your child from the program after the school year has started, please notify the Program Administrator at cjohnson@redmond.gov in writing at least 45 calendar days prior to the last month your child will attend. Requests made with less than 45 days’ notice will be charged for the full amount of the following month.

Contact Us

If you have general questions about the preschool registration, please contact the City of Redmond Recreation Office at 425-556-2300.

To speak with Becky Pittman, Preschool Director, please e-mail bpittman@naturevision.org

To speak with Ginny Ballard, Executive Director of Nature Vision about the preschool, please email gsanchez@naturevision.org or call 425-836-2697

Farrel McWhirter Preschool
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Program Site
Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park
(Farm & Nature Park)

Contact Us
Farrel-McWhirter Preschool
425-556-2324
 
If you have general questions
about the preschool, please
contact the Recreation Office
at 425-556-2300.

Current Information
For the most current information, please check out our Activity Guide or visit Nature Vision at naturevision.org.

If you would like to speak with the Preschool Director, please contact Becky Pittman at bpittman@naturevision.org

If you would like to speak with the Program Administrator for the preschool, contact Cindy Johnson at cjohnson@redmond.gov
or call 425-556-2393.