Our Sustainability Curiculum
Treebath's Explorers program satisfies childrens' natural thirst for discovery, while at the same time developing a sense of responsibility for all things living. Each weekly session takes place outdoors in a nature-based environment, and begins with a series of exercises aimed at developing fine and gross motor skills. Our Explorers then enjoy free play, weekly climate and season-specific teachings, mindfulness exercises, and songs and games. Our programs conclude with circle time, a snack, and clean up time to reinforce that we always leave nature just as we found her — without any footprint.
Through Treebath Explorers, children learn at young age to appreciate and respect nature. We strive to ensure that they take these values with them as they grow into world citizens.
At the program start time, we gather with our Explorers at a designated meeting place a close walking distance to the area we will be exploring. Currently, we are offering after-school pick up at the Battery Park School (PS276) and Spruce Street (PS397) only. If you would like to have future pickup at your child's school, please let us know on our School Pick Up Page.
Seasonal Lessons and Exercises
Once gathered, we begin by transporting ourselves to a spot suited for our group where we can explore and learn about seasonal elements, the creatures living in the woods and how they behave at different times of year, and the types of foliage and plants around us. We alternate our lessons with fun exercises that develop fine and gross motor skills and get our Explorers bodies moving and jumping outdoors - the world's biggest playground.
Snack Time - aka "FIKA"
Following our initial exploration, we sit down for our “Fika”, which is Swedish for snack time. We provide the seasonal drinks - hot apple cider in fall, hot chocolate in winter & early spring - and a small snack to give our Explorers energy for the second portion of the program.
After our Fika, we engage our Explorers with some nature-based games that reinforce the weeks' lessons, while encouraging creative play. We finish each class with a brief walk that engages all five our Explorers' senses, and conclude with a mindfulness session where we share what we learned about, and how we can apply those lessons beyond class.
At the conclusion of our program, we bring our Explorers back to the designated meeting point where each child is picked up by a parent or caregiver.