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Wild Preschool (Ages 0-6) Free

July 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


July 12 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

This fun outdoor class at Heritage Pond Education Center (formerly Pete’s Pond) is for young children and their caregivers to connect with nature and friends by engaging in hands-on earth science projects, and creating nature-based art. Each class begins with songs and parachute time, followed by reading a picture book based on the theme of the day, playing an earth science-based game or experiment, creating nature-based art, and exploration. Themes vary and include shapes in nature, what lives in a tree, and how seeds grow. A parent or guardian must stay with their child for the duration of the class.

Teaching Artist: Meghan Ballard

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 15 years of experience in environmental education engaging K-12 science classes in stream and wetland restoration projects. She is owner and teacher of Blue Mountain Nature School, a member of the Blue Mountains Conservancy board of directors, and a mother of two.

Cost: Free

Off-Site: Heritage Pond Education Center (Pete’s Pond), a Blue Mountains Conservancy property, is located at 913 South Miller Drive in La Grande

Free youth classes are made possible by the Art Center East Youth Arts Learning Fund. The Fund is supported by the Avista Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Blue Mountain Bottled Water, Eastern Oregon University, Grande Ronde Med Spa, Gray Family Foundation, Haley Hines at Blue Summit Realty, JTMF Foundation, Koza Family Dental, La Grande School District, Miller Foundation, Nate Conklin at State Farm, Optimist International of La Grande, Soroptimist International of La Grande, Tanner Willson at Edward Jones, Walmart Foundation, and community member donations.

Be sure to fill out a Youth Release Form & RSVP for ONLY your children below! Please be sure to add each child’s name that will be attending.

If you are 18 and under, and have not already filled out a youth release form, CLICK HERE to fill one out!

There are limited spots available for this class! If you RSVP and later find you’re unable to attend, please email ACE Programs Coordinator at [email protected] to cancel your RSVP. This helps ACE open up spots for other interested students. Thank you!


July 12
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Art Center East


Art Center East
1006 Penn Ave
La Grande, OR 97850 United States
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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.