This fun outdoor class at Pete’s Pond is for preschoolers and their caregivers to connect with nature and friends, engage in hands-on earth science projects, and create nature-based art. In our technology-driven society it is becoming more and more critical for young children to spend time developing a connection with nature early in their lives. We’ll begin class with songs and parachute time, read a picture book based on the theme of the day, create nature-based art, and then go explore! Students will create a different nature-based art project each class using a variety of mediums, including mud painting, leaf mandalas, nature weavings and more. Students will gain connection to nature and to a natural space in their own community through Wild Preschool.
Teaching Artist: Meghan Ballard
This class is funded by Marie Lamfrom Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust and the Art Center East Youth Scholarship Fund.
Off-Site: Pete’s Pond, a Blue Mountains Conservancy property, is on Miller Avenue, one mile south of La Grande Middle School. Access the property via the south end of Second Street .
Teaching Artist Bio:
Meghan Ballard holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Portland State University and has done graduate level coursework in Environmental Education. She has more than ten years of experience in environmental education engaging K-12 science classes in stream and wetland restoration projects. She has worked for SOLVE, The Wetlands Conservancy, and Friends of Tryon Creek State Park. She is currently a freelance environmental educator, a Cub Scouts Den Leader, and a branch ambassador for Union County Hike It Baby.
Be sure to fill out a Youth Release Form & RSVP for ONLY your children below! Please be sure to add each child’s name in “Student Name” for each child attending.
If you are 18 and under, and have not already filled out a youth release form, CLICK HERE to fill one out!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out and let us know. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Registration cancellations & transfers must be made through Art Center East at (541) 624-2800 48 hours or more before the class start time. We cannot issue refunds or transfers for cancellations received after the 48-hour cutoff. Exceptions will be considered for medical or family emergencies. ACE will honor a refund, minus a $10 administration fee when the cancellation is made 48 hours or more before class start date. When a class is canceled due to low enrollment, we will issue a refund for all registration fees. ACE will contact you in the event of a cancellation. Face coverings will be required in accordance with statewide regulations current at the time.