Online registration now is open for the Webb Mountain Discovery Zone’s Discovering Spring enrichment program for preschool and kindergarten students and their parents or caregivers. The first class will be March 25 at the Monroe outdoor learning center and preserve.
Additional classes have been added to the weekly preschool program, which is designed to introduce nature to children at an early age.
Each weekly hour-long program will feature a story and craft at the Discovery Zone outdoor classroom and a walk along the trails connected to the day’s theme.
The five weekly programs will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at $30 per child.
There are classes for ages 4-6, siblings ages 3-6, and families with preschool or kindergarten students.
New this year is a Sibling Class on Mondays at 1:30 p.m., where parents with two children from ages 3 to 6 can bring both children for a discounted price.
A class for ages 4 to 6 will take place Tuesdays or Thursdays at 2 p.m.
On Saturdays at 10 a.m., a class will be offered for families looking for a creative way to spend time with their preschool or kindergarten students on weekends.
A positive encounter with nature
Tom Ellbogen, director, said the Discovery Zone is “committed to making young children’s initial encounter with nature a fun, positive experience. Studies show that being out in nature at an early age offers unsurpassed opportunities for mental, emotional and physical growth and we believe our rich and varied ecosystem provides the perfect platform to offer children a stimulating and memorable experience, with important long-term impacts.”
About the Discovery Zone
Webb Mountain Discovery Zone, at 71 Webb Circle in Monroe, offers four miles of easy-to-walk trails on 171 acres. There are 28 learning stations and a self-directed scavenger hunt created by Hank Gruner, vice president of programs for the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, with the assistance of Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut’s state archeologist. The center also hosts school field trips, birthdays and special events.
The Discovery Zone opened in 2007 to promote outdoor exploration and learning in a fun, hands-on environment. Note that the Discovery Zone entrance is separate from Webb Mountain Park.