Muddy Boots Program on Hiatus
Muddy Boots, our grant funded forest group modeled after forest kindergarten, is currently on hold as we seek additional funding. It is our intention to re-start this popular program once funds become available. A recent forum held at Bernheim on Forest Kindergarten and Nature-based Learning in March demonstrated the growing interest and support for expanding these opportunities for children across the state in a variety of settings and locations.
Muddy Boots Philosophy
Regular outdoor experiences and unstructured time in nature have dramatic and profound influences on a child's healthy development.
Through play, children develop a host of important skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, cooperation and confidence and the social and emotional skills that are the foundation for all learning.
Our mission at Muddy Boots, our forest play group, is to provide a safe space for children ages 3-6 to create and discover through outdoor play in all weather and all seasons. Our forest is a magical site where children are free to imagine and explore possibilities.
At Muddy Boots, we support children to explore for themselves and encourage them to think, discuss, problem solve, make new friends -- and have lots of fun!
There are 12 spots available in each Muddy Boots program. We intentionally keep our program size small. With three program facilitators, we are able to maintain a ratio of one facilitator for every four children.
Muddy Boots Play Group is open to all children ages 3- 6 years old. (Children must be potty trained to participate)
Muddy Boots meets at the Woodland Pavilion. While Muddy Boots is a drop-off program, parents are welcome to stay as their child transitions and to find out more about the program. There is free play around the cabin, across the street in the forest and along a creek on the Sun and Shade Trail.
What to Wear
At Muddy Boots, we believe there is no bad weather only inappropriate clothing! Dressing for the weather is an absolute must to ensure that children have the best experience. Boots are strongly encouraged. Water play is a regular feature of Muddy Boots, even when it isn't raining. Parents also must send a change of clothing for children in a backpack or separate bag/tote. Raincoats, warm jackets, gloves, scarves and hats -- all are necessary when the weather requires them.
Children must bring a simple packed lunch and a water bottle. Snack and "forest tea" are provided.
The cost for the Muddy Boots playgroup is $20 for Non-Members and $15 for Members.
Call Bernheim at (502) 955-8512 to register. Registration and payment are due by noon Friday before the program. A waiting list will be maintained after the program is filled.
Refunds will be issued if registrations are cancelled by noon Wednesday prior to the start of the program and if Bernheim cancels the program for any reason.
For weather cancellations call 502-955-8512.
For more information contact:
Melissa Rue Coordinator, Children at Play Network firstname.lastname@example.org