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PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS Ages 3-5

If you believe that children belong outside, and that the tools of imagination are what build a happy childhood, then welcome to our wooded world. Spontaneous play, exploration, cooperative problem solving, and moments of wonder are what we witness each day in our all-outdoor year-round nature immersion programs for our youngest participants.

  • Forest Preschool
    Children nurture the seeds of nature connection every day in our all-outdoor, year-round program.
  • School Break Days
    When school is out, we are in the woods. School break days are a great way to get a taste of our program.
  • Summer Camp
    The very best introduction to summer exploration! Just how it should be, full of adventure, activities, curiosity and all-outdoor fun.
"Primitive Pursuits is the highlight of my son’s year! He loves everything about it." J.H., Parent

Why We Teach Young Children:

When Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, spoke in Ithaca some years ago, he said he had concluded that unstructured time in nature is the most important thing for kids’ development and nature-connectedness. But, he said, “ I just don’t know how you do that in a program.”

Well, we do. We provide plenty of time for kids to follow their own curiosity, their own agendas, and preserve for them a sense of timelessness while we as skilled mentors gently steer them where we need them to go, keeping them safe and weaving in learning, social skills development, and community building.

Children can develop a naturalist intelligence early on in life. Researchers have studied the amazing ability American preschoolers have shown for identifying corporate logos. Our preschool programs offer an opportunity for our pre-literate children to recognize instead the patterns of deer tracks, maple leaves, and robin song.




"We love Primitive Pursuits and part of our exuberance is for the program itself and perhaps even a bigger part is the amazing energy, respectful child centered, youth development-focused, democratic approach that you and your staff have with kids." K.Y., After School Parent

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