Apple Tree staff member and outdoor educator Kendra McGuire leads Nature Discovery sessions with all age groups. Apple Tree is fortunate to be situated on the Stowe recreation path, and just beyond are streams, fields and forest to discover. Kendra joins each class to venture beyond our playgrounds and into the natural backyard. Every other week they explore a natural space and learn together, following student interest. Children will have opportunities to learn about local plants, animals and get plenty of exercise outdoors. The environment is a natural playground and children are encouraged to investigate this world through play. Teachers guide learning through songs, stories, and games to spark curiosity.
Preschool children are ready to build on previous experiences to continue learning about the natural world. Students are encouraged to play independently, create imaginary worlds and grow their confidence in outdoor play. The preschool classrooms often take field trips to local hiking trails and farms to extend learning opportunities. The Willow classrooms spend every other Friday morning offsite at a Stowe Land Trust property, enjoying a picnic snack in the woods, hiking and playing outdoors together.