Always Learning & Growing

100% outdoor programs for your child
summer camppreschool & kindergarten

Summer Camp 2018

Summer Openings Still Available!

Outdoor Nature Camp
Monday to Friday
9am-2pm
Golden Gate Park
Meet at JFK and Chain of Lakes Dr

Session 1 June 25-29,
Session 2 July 2-6*,
Session 3 July 9-13,
Session 4 July 16-20,
Session 5 July 23-26*
Bonus Days! August 15,16

*no class July 4th, July 27th

Summer camps will follow our daily routine emphasizing active free play and child initiated activities such as fort building, mud pie making, and pretend play.  Small group size of no more than 12 means your child will be known and receive personal attention from our teachers.

Everyday will include two hikes through beautiful Golden Gate park, teachers will take the time to discuss with each child their personal interests and goals for the week. We will include organized games, yoga, art projects, and nature based activities such as scavenger hunts, bird watching, nature journals,plant identification and fairy house making. Fridays we will tie dye our ALAG camp tee shirts!

Some of the amazing adventures we had during our summer camp!
Viewing the resident red tail hawks of Golden Gate Park.
Visiting the beach, windmill, and boat playground.
Getting to meet and pet horses.
Learning the names of some flowers and birds.
Scavenger hunts and map making.


Outdoor Nature Camp
Daily slots available on an a limited basis for $65/day. Please inquire if extended care is desired.

Snack of fresh organic fruit is included for all camps.

Please send campers with sunhat, sunscreen and a packed lunch and water bottle.

Forest Preschool & Kindergarten 2018-2019

Monday to Friday
9am-1:30pm
Golden Gate Park
ages 3-6 years

Fall Session 2018
August 20-December 24th
closed: 9/3, 10/8, 11/19-23,

Spring Session 2019
January 4nd-June 4th
closed: 1/21, 2/5, 2/18, 3/25-29, 5/27
we follow the SFUSD calendar

Please inquire about early drop off/late pickup if required

We meet near JFK Dr and Chain of Lakes Dr. W., then explore the park’s nearby natural wonders including North Lake, Ocean Beach, and all the trails through the forest. ​100% outdoor program includes story time, hiking, lunch (please bring a packed lunch and snack), outdoor free play, and activity time. Our classes are perfect for children who may be age eligible for transitional kindergarten (TK) or kindergarten but who would benefit from the outdoor time, movement, and sensory opportunities that our forest kindergarten provides. This window of childhood development is the ideal time for a child to learn sensory integration, social skills, emotional regulation, and gross motor skills. Once your child’s brain and body have been able to form a healthy foundation of these skills, the academic demands of the traditional school setting will be handled with greater ease and confidence. This sets your child up for success, not just for kindergarten and first grade, but into their adult life as well.

Preschool Classes
Flexible Daily Drop-in $50/day- make your own schedule!
$360/month for 2 days/week
$540/month for 3 days/week
$710/month for 4 days/week
$880/month for 5 days/week

Age Requirements

age requirements:
We generally start children at age 3 years. If your child is 2.5 years old, we will consider enrolling after an initial trial day.

Potty Learning

Potty learning in progress is ok, pull ups and/or ability to communicate potty needs is required.

Clothing

Children should wear clothing that can get messy, including waterproof jackets, boots, and pants when there is wet weather.
*If purchasing waterproof clothing is a hardship, please inquire about our gear rental program!

Parent Participation

Parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in our programs. Volunteers can accompany their child on any day and are especially encouraged to join us on our field trip days. In order to be prepared there is a parent volunteer orientation which should be completed before volunteering.
We will hold a number of parent education meetings during the school year and all parents are invited and encouraged to attend these informational discussions.

Field Trips

Field trips to different local destinations are a fun and exciting part of our programs. We will visit Ocean Beach, Land’s End, The San Francisco Zoo, Lincoln Playground, the Academy of Science, the Randall Museum and others.

NATURE PRESCHOOL

Our nature preschool program focuses on exploration of the natural world and making friends. The children participate in active free play and experience new sounds, scents, and sights, furthering the development of sensory integration. We read stories to inspire the imagination and allow plenty of time for childhood games. The teachers model friendly interactions and positive problem solving to guide the children in their play.

FOREST KINDERGARTEN

Our forest kindergarten program focuses mainly on active social play and opportunities to practice and refine gross motor skills. The teachers use their knowledge of child development to guide children towards appropriate challenges which promotes healthy development of a strong body and mind.

DAILY ACTIVITIES

arrival
art invitations
welcome circle
hike
free play/ snack
sharing circle
free play/ activity choice -yoga, art, stories
lunch
hike
goodbyes

Diversity

Always Learning and Growing values diversity and we encourage those of diverse backgrounds to join our school, all are wholeheartedly welcomed into our community of learners.

If our tuition is beyond your family’s budget, please do contact us regarding a sliding scale tuition rate.
Financial aid is available on a limited basis depending on enrollment numbers for the current session.