The Stewardship Pemberton Little Saplings programming instills a love and appreciation of nature from a very young age. In 2022, Little Saplings provided 81 environmental education and childcare spots for children ages 3 to 5.
Due to increased expenses, the PWA support for Little Saplings was invaluable and allowed us to run the program.
This year the curriculum for all Nature Camp programs, including Little Saplings, was redeveloped to teach children about the most important and relevant environmental topics.
Outdoor play and environmental education are increasingly important in the world we live in as it allows children to connect with the world around them and build value for nature at a young age. This year, a parent shared that their child loved Little Saplings as they “learned tons and got to spend the day outside”.
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Through nature play, children develop a deep appreciation for the natural world and gain/master many valuable sub-skills in Nature Play including:
The ultimate goal is to provide engaging environmental education for local children and youth to instill a sense of place and value that will endure a lifetime. The program offers a safe and healthy place for preschool-aged children to explore and build necessary life skills while developing a valuable connection to nature.