"Audubon Nature Preschool is a wonderful and natural environment where kids
can thrive and build confidence with love and support."
"We feel so fortunate to have found this school and we know it will shape our kids
into people who love and respect nature – what a lifelong gift!"
Caroline and David, Parents
"Our children are learning to enjoy and appreciate
the earth and all its creatures."
"Mom, listen, it is your favorite bird sound - the morning dove.
Yup, I know all about birds. I am a nature explorer."
Henry, 4, Nature Preschool Student
"We love that our child comes home each day ready to
share his newest discovery or friendship."
"I’ve been inspired by ANP’s approach to responding to children and teaching through nature. I feel lucky that my kids have an opportunity to attend this treasure of a school."
Audubon Nature Preschool
Washington, DC’s only preschool program on a nature sanctuary for children aged 5 and younger
Come Visit Us During These
Upcoming Special Events!
Preschool Story Hikes and Tours
Join us for a story hike and a tour of the Audubon Nature Preschool. Children encouraged to attend! Please dress to walk our trails. RSVP here.
Friday, November 30: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 12, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 2, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Preschool Community Events
Wonder and Wander
Story hikes, children's book sale
and bake sale!
Saturday, December 1
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 4
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Wonder and Wander events are ticketed events. Admission is $10 per family.
Please register here.
ANS’s 40-acre Woodend Nature Sanctuary provides a unique home for our preschoolers and their families. This natural environment serves as a one-of-a-kind green venue for creative language, artistic, musical expression, hands-on observation, and discovery.
For more information about Audubon Nature Preschool:
Our playground goes far beyond swing sets and sandboxes.
Our students spend every day outdoors, rain or shine—in fact, wet and rainy days provide some of our most magical experiences. They put what they learn about science into practice each day through such activities as identifying bugs, insects, plants, and birds. They also practice and build on their engineering skills by building dams and forts and enjoy the world’s best recess by climbing over logs and playing in leaves and mud, if they choose to!
Our curriculum emphasizes children being in the moment, engaging with the environment in deep and meaningful ways, and exploring through all of their senses. Ultimately, they become more committed and sophisticated caretakers for the Earth.
Children are naturally curious about the environment and their discoveries guide them to great academic heights.
Our students demonstrate knowledge of the natural world and develop measurable skills in language arts, science, social studies, and creative arts. Students acquire knowledge through self-paced activities and mindfulness, supported by our student-centered, emergent philosophy that establishes a foundation for a lifetime of learning for every child.
A balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities engages students from arrival to departure.
Our teachers cherish each student’s unique personality and interests and are skilled at instructing them in the most thoughtful and nurturing ways. Teacher-directed activities include group meeting/circle time, journals, cooking projects and science experiments. Indoor child-directed activities include learning centers for art, block building, dramatic play, a sensory table, discovery table, reading, and much more.