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NaturePlay School launched at Lyman Woods

Published: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – A new nature-based early childhood program at Lyman Woods Nature Center will begin in September.

The new NaturePlay School will combine traditional early childhood learning experiences with outdoor nature-based learning and play, according to a press release.

Children aged four to six will enjoy lessons in arts, crafts, story time, science experiments, and dramatic play, all based around a daily nature theme. Throughout each session there will be opportunity for discovery through nature hikes and unstructured, but supervised, playtime. Children will also enjoy a healthy snack each day.

“There are numerous studies that show that children who regularly play and learn outside are more physically active, more creative in their play and show better concentration," Shannon Forsythe, manager of natural resources and interpretive services at Downers Grove Park District, said. “This new program gives local parents the chance to introduce nature to their children in a safe, supervised environment at our interactive nature center at Lyman Woods.”

NaturePlay School will take place on Monday and Wednesdays or Tuesday and Thursdays from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.. The first session begins the week of Sept. 8. The program costs $165 per child. Registration is available at dgparks.org or at the Lyman Woods Nature center, 901 31st St., Downers Grove.

For more info, call the Downers Grove Park District at 630-963-9388 or visit www.lymanwoods.org.

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