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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Nature Play and Nature School.

  • What if I can't come anymore - can I get a refund?
    Yes, within the first week of the class starting, if you need to cancel your enrollment, a partial refund can be processed for the remaining weeks, less a 5% processing fee for credit card payments. After the first week, refunds are not offered.
  • My child doesn't always pay attention or sit still, is that OK?
    Yes! Explorers by Nature Play Classes and Nature School are designed for children 1-8 years of age and takes into account their developmental needs to move often and engage in novel activities every few minutes. With that said, if your child is seeming extra wiggly, or has their own ideas for what they would like to do, please follow their lead. Explorers by Nature is a child-led program, and children learn best when they are able to lead the way. So, slow down and observe your child's interests and know it is OK if the way they choose to play in that moment or class looks different than how others are playing. Every child at Explorers by Nature is welcome and celebrated.
  • How can I use homeschool charter funds to enroll?
    This varies slightly depending on which charter school you are with, but the general process is: Find and book a class with Explorers by Nature in your Charter school's vendor network (Explorers by Nature is with most homeschool charters in San Diego, but if not, please contact us to see if we can accommodate). An enrichment certificate will be generated by the school. It may be sent directly, but just in case, please forward it to explorersbynaturesd@gmail.com. We'll respond with next steps and to confirm your enrollment. Please note, class space is limited, and your enrollment is not guaranteed until this process is completed.
  • Are you licensed & insured?
    Yes, we are both licensed and insured. Specifically, Amy is a licensed and credentialed Pre-K through 12th grade Educator and has completed background checks at the federal and State of California levels. Her master's degree training and expertise is in Early Childhood Education and Differentiated Instruction. Learn more here.
  • Can I bring food?
    Yes! You are always welcome to bring snacks/lunch/water for your child(ren). Every part of class is thoughtfully considered to allow for the most positive experience possible, and with little ones, this often means lots of food. Due to the possibility of allergies, please be sure to enjoy all food on your blanket, and wash hands/faces after you finish snack-time.
  • What are the benefits of a Nature- Based Play Class or Nature School?
    When children (and their grown-ups) engage in play-based learning in nature, in the greatest classroom of all...the outdoors, they begin to lay the foundation for caring for, respecting and learning about wildlife. Explorers by Nature programs create engaged and passionate children who experience a true joy for learning. Nature school and play classes offer a multitude of benefits including: improved health, communication and focus skills, promotes risk-taking, encourages problem-solving, empowers learners, boosts creative and imaginative thinking, development of fine and gross motor skills. Children also build confidence in themselves as they gain new physical, social, emotional and knowledge about the natural world around us! In Explorers by Nature play classes, parents/caregivers also benefit through meeting like-minded families as they become a part of our Explorers by Nature community!
  • What if the weather is bad?
    At Explorers by Nature, we subscribe to the philosophy that there is "no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices." With that said, if the weather is unsafe, Nature School or Nature Play Class will be rescheduled to the following week. Class is only an hour long and we can model to our children that we can still find joy in outdoor play while being dressed appropriately for the weather. In the event of rainy/cold/windy weather for Nature School, we may change locations for the day to another East County SD Park with a covered pavilion to provide shelter/relief from the weather. If there is a chance of rain/wind/chilly temperatures, I will communicate about the plans for class and provide a clothing/gear guide to support you in dressing your child and yourself.
  • Can I bring siblings who are not enrolled?
    Due to the small class size, and specific age group/developmental stage focus of this program, please coordinate with the teacher to discuss your situation.
  • Is Nature School a drop off program?
    Nature School offers families the option to either drop their 3.5-8 year old off for the three-hour class period, or stay with them for the entire (or part) Nature School time. You may also plan to be there to support your child for the first 1-2 weeks as they become accustomed to Nature School, and transition if/when they are ready to be dropped off. We understand that every family/child is different, and honor that you know your child best, and will make a decision to best support them as they enjoy this social learning in nature experience!
  • What should I bring for Nature School?
    For a successful Nature School experience, please plan send your explorer with a backpack containing the following items: a full change of clothes (layers are always a good idea), hat and extra shoes (and a plastic bag to put wet/dirty clothes into) water bottle, and a lunchbox packed with a healthy lunch and extra snacks. Be sure to send your child to Nature School in clothes that can get wet/dirty/stained. Specifically, for Thursday Nature School, please send your child to each class with a yoga mat that can be used outdoors in the grass/dirt. Please be sure to leave the following items home: electronics, toys, nice clothes, and candy.
  • Can I use homeschool charter funds to enroll?
    Yes! The process varies slightly depending on which charter school you are with, but the general process is: Find and book a class with Explorers by Nature in your Charter school's vendor network (Explorers by Nature is with most homeschool charters in San Diego, but if not, please contact us to see if we can accommodate). An enrichment certificate will be generated by the school. It may be sent directly, but just in case, please forward it to explorersbynaturesd@gmail.com. We'll respond with next steps and to confirm your enrollment. Please note, class space is limited, and your enrollment is not guaranteed until this process is completed.
  • What is your make up policy for Nature School?
    Flexible makeups are offered. Children may attend a different day of Nature School as a makeup (based on class availability during the current season, prior coordination with the teacher required).
  • Can I drop my child at the Nature Play Classes?
    Explorers by Nature Play classes are designed for parents/caregivers and their child(ren) to enjoy together. You and your child(ren) will get to develop new ways to play, explore, learn and discover together in our beautiful Lake Murray classroom. When parents and caregivers participate in class, they gain valuable insights about their child, including interests, abilities and all the life skills children learn through outdoor play such as problem-solving, building connections, and learning to take calculated risks. Children and adults alike benefit through your shared experiences at Explorers by Nature, so please plan to have children in the care of at least one parent or caregiver at all times before, during and after your time at class. If looking for a drop-off option, please consider enrolling in Nature School.
  • What should I bring for Nature Play Class?
    For a successful class experience, please plan to bring food and water for your child, dress them in play clothes that can get messy/wet, and bring a full set of extra clothes and shoes to change them into after class. Rain boots are a favorite of many families due to the sometimes messy nature of the class, and our location at Lake Murray. We also start and end class with a short circle time, so bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Lastly, a hat and sunscreen is always a good idea as our outdoor classroom includes a mix of sunny and shady play areas.
  • Can I bring siblings?
    Yes! The Explorers by Nature play classes curriculum is designed for children 1-5 years of age. All children in this age span need to be enrolled. Children under 12 months old are welcome to come along with an enrolled sibling to class at no cost. These mixed-age classes are the perfect experience for children of different ages to enjoy together! A 20% off discount is offered for families with 2 or more children. If a sibling needs to attend due to a scheduling change (school closures etc.) they are welcome to attend up to one session without enrolling. Please reach out to let the teacher know if you plan to bring a sibling to ensure there is an additional set of materials ready for the sibling joining that day to play!
  • What is your make up policy?
    If you need to miss a class, you may attend up to two classes as makeups during the current or next nature play season (based on class offerings and availability, please contact us for details).
Children engaged in nature play based learning
Children engaged in nature play based learning
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