Excellence in Education: Pioneers Park Pre-K Program

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


It was a cold and windy morning in the Capital City. But the weather did little to stop a group of students from heading outside to learn.

"I like making stuff with sticks!" says one preschool boy.

The students are part of the Pioneers Park Pre-Kindergarten program. This week they’re learning about birds and mammals.

Students meet at the nature center for class, but often head outside throughout the day. The program offers a nature-based curriculum.  
 "We’ll count the cardinals, making the letters out of the sticks. We’ll take leaves; make a pattern out of the leaves. A green leaf, yellow leaf. That’s a pre-kindergarten skill," says  Sueann Ahrens, the Preschool Director.

In addition to a classroom, students have hiking trails, a garden, and animal exhibits to explore.
This is the 16th year of the Nature Center’s Pre-K program.