SHERBURNE – Friends of Rogers is currently enrolling pre-schoolers for the winter session of “Nature’s Nursery.” Now in its third year, this unique early childhood education program is designed to cultivate outdoor exploration among children ages 2, 3 and 4.
Throughout each academic year, three sessions of ten classes are held at the Visitor Center in Sherburne. Classes are in session from 9:30-11:30 am on select Friday mornings. Coordinator Jenni Larchar leads young explorers in a variety of fun and engaging educational activities. Barring extreme weather, classes will include outdoor activities, so children should dress for the weather.
“Even an ordinary trail walk becomes an adventure when seen through the eyes of young children,” Larchar said. “We want to nurture a love of nature and encourage curiosity through this exciting initiative.”
According to the Early Head Start National Resource Center, “research in the past 10 years, (shows that) young children are spending less time outdoors engaging in active play and exploring the natural world. … There is growing consensus among educators, health and mental health professionals, and other child advocates that this trend has significant adverse effects on young children’s health and development.