"If you start at an early age, your child will learn to love the outdoors and will enjoy herself there. These times will help her to be less clingy, nagging, overly dependent, constantly needing company or entertainment. The stimuli which nature provides is unparalleled. Even the youngest infant becomes fascinated by listening to birds, watching the movements of flies, butterflies, shadows and leaves."
Magda Gerba - educator and early childhood advocate
Two Thursdays of each month our preschool heads out for Adventure Days. We don our sunhats, (or woollies, or raingear!) and head out to the woods for a day of nature exploration, hiking, picnicking and outdoor play. Rain or shine we are outdoors for the full 4 hour session. We adhere to the wise old saying "there's no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing!"
In keeping with our "Thursday Garden Day" rhythm, on Adventure Days we observe Mother Nature doing her own gardening. Over the course of the year the children will become very familiar with our particular trail. Valuable aspects of Adventure Days are the experience and observations of the changes brought by the turning of the Healdsburg seasons from August through to June.