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Hartley Nature Preschool

Hartley Nature Preschool’s mission is to inspire lifelong connections with nature through education, play and exploration in a premier preschool environment that supports the whole child’s development while preparing children for school.

What's Happening at HNP: Learn more about the nature preschool, meet our staff, and download forms on our blog- click on this link: Hartley Nature Preschool Blog


Hartley Nature Preschool (HNP) is a preschool program that:

      • Serves 3-5 year old children*
      • Emphasizes learning through playing outdoors
      • Supports the development of the whole child
      • Provides children with the chance to develop a lifelong connection with nature
      • Helps children prepare for kindergarten
      • Offers options for full and half days
      • Offers a Tues/Thurs AM class just for three year olds!
      • Operates September-May

      *Children must be 3 years old by Sept. 1st and toilet trained to enroll in HNP.

Curriculum and Sample Activities

HNP’s curriculum supports the development of the whole child and is seasonal, place-based, experiential, child-directed and developmentally appropriate for children ages 3-5. HNP’s curriculum and activities include:

        • Outdoor exploration and play
        • Dramatic play
        • Art, music, and movement
        • Math and language experiences and games
        • Opportunities to develop large and small motor skills
        • Environmental education and science
        • Sample activities for your child at HNP might include:
        • Balancing on a log Building a fort
          Listening to birds sing Listening to a story
          Dancing and singing Jumping in puddles
          Making a mud pie Painting and drawing





    Registration Open for Fall 2017-18

    Registration is open for HNP’s 2017-18 preschool year. Applications are due on January 31, 2017. Click the document link below to download the Application for Enrollment.

    2017-18 Application Calendar

    December 15, 2016--January 31, 2017Enrollment Applications accepted for returning families, waiting list families, and the general public. Applications must be complete and include $50 application fee

    February 17, 2017 Class placement notification

    March 1, 2017 Non-refundable deposits are due (applied to May 2018 tuition payment)

    Late Applications Applications received after January 31 will be considered in the order received


    pdf Application for Enrollment

    pdf Waiting List Application for Future Fall

    Scholarship Program

    Hartley Nature Preschool accepts funding from St. Louis County and the MN Early Learning Scholarships. If you are interested in a scholarship to attend HNP, please apply for county and state funding as a first step. Hartley Nature Center offers a very limited number of scholarships through the generous support of our donors. Applications for Hartley Nature Center scholarships will be available in early spring. 

    pdf HNP Scholarship Form


    Learn more about the preschool and see photos at our preschool website. Connect with HNP and keep up to date with the latest happenings of the Hartley Nature Preschool through social media:




    Kaitlin Erpestad
    Preschool Director


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