Imagine a classroom with tall trees, abundant wildlife, historic buildings, and a bright red caboose!
Please note that we operate on the Leon County Schools schedule. If schools are closed due to holidays, school breaks, or inclement weather, preschool classes will also be closed.
Our Full Day classes not only serve VPK students but are also open to students enrolled in our standard Early Childhood program! Students learn to work together building collaborative skills that will help prepare them for the world ahead.
The Museum’s accredited preschool program offers a Monday-Friday Full Day Class and a Monday-Friday Morning Class. The program offers a qualified Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) class within the full-day program. All children enrolled must be potty trained.
If you are enrolling in VPK, eligibility forms are issued and may be obtained from the Early Learning Coalition website. For more information scroll down and follow the ELC link.
Dates: 2022 – 2023, Classes beginning August 10, 2022
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As a Florida Gold Seal Status site (Certificate # A4970), our overall objective is to provide an enriching learning experience for your child in a healthy environment.
For families registering in our Preschool program, you will receive a family membership to the Museum, allowing you to come out and experience the many exciting opportunities our Museum has to offer. You will receive free Museum admission for 4 people per visit, and discounted rates on birthday parties, workshops & classes.
If you are still looking to register, please contact the Education department at the museum to see if openings are available.
To Schedule a Tour please email Erica Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org
To Register please click here: https://38648.blackbaudhosting.com/38648/Preschool-Registration-2022-2023
VPK classes are currently full. Please contact Erica Lawrence at email@example.com to be placed on the waitlist.
Monday- Friday Morning Class
This class is great for families who prefer shorter preschool days for their children. Like our Full Day program, the Museum becomes the classroom both indoors and out!
Ages: 3-5 years old
Times: 7:30 am-11: 00 am/ VPK Instructional Hours Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: Non-VPK: $280 per month
Monday- Friday Full Day Class
This class is offered for the family looking for a full-day, five days a week program. The entire Museum is utilized to offer your child a well-rounded and unique learning experience. Classes integrate the Museum’s resources into the curriculum.
Ages: 3- 5 years old
Times: 7:30 am-3:00 pm/ VPK Instructional Hours Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: Non-VPK: $630 per month/ VPK wrap-around fee $360 per month.
Extended Care ($140.00 a month): 3:00pm – 5:30pm
(Students picked up after 5:30pm will be charged $1 per minute)
Please know that no registration is final without payment. To make a payment please call 850.575.8684 ext. 136
State Paid VPK Information
Our Early Childhood program participates in this initiative and offers VPK instructional hours on specific days. Monday through Friday throughout the school year are the designated days for qualified VPK students.
The state of Florida pays for 15 instructional hours of Voluntary Pre-K per week. Our base rate for Early Childhood Education is $630 per month. Parents must pay a wrap-around fee that covers the hours of the class not paid for by the state VPK program.
*We do not offer part-time spots in either class*
Prices are based on the current state of Florida VPK rates.
Enrolling In VPK
Parents must download, and complete the VPK application from The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) website. Parents must then submit the application, along with other necessary documentation to an ELC service center. The VPK application, and instructions for enrollment may be found by clicking here.
Preschool Summer Camp – Register Below!
All Preschool summer camps are sold out; to get on the waitlist please email firstname.lastname@example.org, your name, the child’s name, the week, and the age.
Nature Based Early Literacy Summer Camp focuses on a different book every week of this 2-month early childhood summer camp for ages 3-5 years old. Campers must be fully potty trained with no adult assistance. It is highly recommended unvaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors.
Preschool Camp Price: $175 member/$185 nonmember
Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm
(Campers can be dropped off at 8:45am and picked up by 4:30pm without an additional fee)
Extended Hours ($8 per day/$35 a week): 7:45am – 9:00am and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
(Campers picked up after 5:30pm will be charged $1 per minute)
Campers can bring lunch or purchase lunch from the café. Here is the lunch form.
Arrive with sunscreen/bug spray/bug bracelets or bug repellent sticker (please do not spray over boardwalks and staff does not apply)
Take your child to the restroom prior to entering the preschool
Cover toed shoes with no laces
Lunch labeled with first and last name in containers child can open (staff does not refrigerate or microwave)
Afternoon Snack labeled with first and last name in containers child can open (staff does not refrigerate or microwave)
Nap mat labeled with first name
Small Blanket labeled with first name
Water Bottle labeled with first and last name
Completed weekly lunch form if ordering lunch from Trail Break Cafe
Friday-Arrive in swim gear for water day and pack a towel and change of clothes labeled with first name
Closed May 31 – June 3
June 6 – June 10: The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward
Nature hikes, tree identification, nature art, and facts about trees.
June 13 – June 17: Black Bear Cub by Alan Lind
Observe black bear habitats, animal tracking, Going on a Bear Hunt music and movement, facts about black bears.
June 20 – June 24: Deep in the Swamp by Donna Bateman
Swamp flora and fauna facts: cypress knees, water lilies, cattails, alligators, river otter and snapping turtles. Hike and net fish in Lake Bradford and visit otter habitat.
June 27 – July 1: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Owl-related children’s literature, nature walks through aviary, owl arts and crafts.
July 5 – July 8: Up in the Garden Down in the Dirt by Kate Messer
Use garden tools, watering, weeding, planting and composting. Visit the museum’s UF Master Gardener garden. Read and paint in preschool garden. Picnic in Peter Rabbit Mr. McGregor’s garden.
July 11 – July 15: The Girl and the Wolf by Angela Abbott
Facts about red wolves, National Geographic Kids, nature hike to red wolf habitat, create sand and water woodland habitats.
July 18 – July 22: Big Red Barn by Margret Wise Brown
Farmhouse tour, meet the farm animals, and farm animal puppet show.
July 25 – July 29: The Flower Alphabet Book by
Learn different types of wildflowers. Facts about bugs, bees, and pollination. Flower press collage.
August 1-August 5: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle–SOLD OUT!
Facts about sea life and oceans. Tour the Bird Room aquariums, fish sponge prints and other arts and crafts.