Programs for preschool-aged children and parents are offered regularly during the school year at Amoskeag Fishways, and NH Audubon’s Massabesic Center. Nature-based preschool programs keep young children engaged through hands-on activities, songs, crafts, stories, and outdoor discovery.
Upcoming Preschool Classes at Massabesic Center in Auburn
Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am
Cost: $9 M / $12 NM (per child/parent pair)
Leader: Kim Murphy, Naturalist
Discover the changing seasons through hands-on activities, songs, crafts, stories, and outdoor discovery. Please dress to be outside and wear appropriate footwear. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Classes are for ages 4-6.
SPRING SENSATIONS: We use our five senses to perceive the world around us. Come and see, hear, feel, smell and touch our way through the natural world this spring.
March 12, Whiskers and Hands: Our sense of touch enhances our experience of the world. Today we will focus on feeling our way through the world, as we learn about a few animals that rely on their sense of touch.
March 26, Sweet Taste of Spring: Let’s explore our sense of taste as we learn about the maple sugaring process. We’ll find out who first discovered this sugary treat, and have a taste for ourselves.
April 9, Sounds of Spring: Do you hear it? Spring is in the air! Go out for an early spring hike and see if we can recognize some of the sounds of spring.
April 23, Colors and Shapes: We tend to perceive the world around us primarily with our sense of sight. Come and explore the colors and shapes of nature, and see how well you really see!
BABIES OF SPRING: Animals spend spring raising their young, so that they can grow big and strong before the next hard winter arrives. Join us this late spring session to learn about a few of the babies of spring!
May 14, Eggs Left Behind: Today we will look at different egg-laying animals and learn about their babies’ lives. We’ll even meet some of our egg-laying classroom animals!
May 28, Water Babies: Ponds make great nurseries for many kinds of baby animals. Using nets and trays, and our keen sense of observation, we’ll discover which animal babies call the pond home.
June 11, Metamorphosing Monarchs: Come and learn about the amazing life cycle of the monarch- we’ll explore the fields, search for their favorite food, play some butterfly games, and make a butterfly craft to take home.
Group Preschool Classes
Group preschool classes can be arranged through the McLane Center. Are you a preschool teacher looking for ways to enhance your student’s experiences or a parent looking to give the gift of nature to your child’s class?
Combine the program with a visit to the McLane Center or we will travel to your location. Please call 604-224-9909, ext. 333 to arrange a time and date.
Teacher: Kevin Wall
Cost: $125; off-site programs add $.90 per mile for travel
Time: 45 minutes
Group Size: 25
Birds for Beginners
Introduce children to the basic parts of a bird. See and touch wings, feathers, bones, and beaks. Interactive experiences and a live raptor keep young students engaged.
New Hampshire Wildlife
Students learn about the diverse animal groups found in New Hampshire through visits with a live snake, turtle, bird, and mounted animals.