EDS Nature Preschool

Preschool educators have long known that animals, plants, water, and other aspects of the natural world delight children and draw them in as learners.

That is our starting point. EDS Nature Preschool has all of the same educational and child development goals that our “traditional” preschool has on our Walton Way Campus, but through this program we are committed to accomplishing those goals through experiences in and with nature. Our students will be immersed in class work, play, wonder, and exploration all in the natural world by spending 75 percent of their time outdoors, rain or shine — using the natural world, our forest campus and neighboring Flowing Wells Campus — as their primary classroom.

EDS Nature Preschool allows significant outdoor hands-on learning for PK students that combines a play-based curriculum, nature immersion, current early childhood research, and personalized learning opportunities. Our students’ daily experience will be guided by two full-time faculty.

Now Enrolling for August 2019!

Contact Karen Lilly, Director of Admissions, at klilly@edsaugusta.com or 706-733-1192 ext. 212 to begin the application process to secure your child’s place today. Space is limited to 12 students!

Our Indoor Space

A Yurt!

The perfect structure to escape the elements, but in keeping with the desire for students to be in a natural rustic setting.

Our Nature Preschool Campus

An 8.5-acre forest grove adjoining our larger 30-acre Flowing Wells Campus, the nature preschool campus offers a beautiful space for students to explore, wonder, study, and play. Located near the Richmond and Columbia County line and only 15 minutes to downtown Augusta, this campus is right in the heart of our area’s greatest growth, and yet feels quiet and remote.

Our Lead Instructor

Wren Moody was selected in November of 2018 to be the first EDS Nature Preschool Teacher. By the time the first nature PK class begins in August 2019, she will likely be the most highly qualified nature preschool teacher in Georgia, if not the southeastern United States. Wren holds a Masters of Teaching degree from Augusta State University, holds state certification in six areas, and has eleven years of teaching experience, including the last two years in the EDS preschool.

Throughout the course of this year, she has eagerly prepared for the opening of our new Nature Preschool program and will begin next year with two additional certifications, Nature-Based Teacher Certification from the Eastern Region of Nature and Forest Schools (ERAFANS) and a Certificate in Forest School Leadership from the Forest School Teacher Institute (Wauhatchee Forest School). Additionally, Wren will be certified in Wilderness First Aid.

Our Curriculum

Our inaugural Preschool class will be for PK students ages 4-5. Their daily experience will be guided by two full-time faculty members, both trained in Wilderness First Aid, amongst other certifications. The curriculum will closely follow the curriculum in our PK program on our Walton Way Campus and students will be well equipped to enter Kindergarten classrooms after graduating from our Nature Preschool.

By making the world their classroom, participating in child-directed activities, and utilizing natural boundaries, students will not only display academic strides, and an increase to their fine and gross motor skills.

We hold our Nature Preschool students to the same standards of rigor and achievement as our Walton Way Campus students and know they will find the same levels of success in Kindergarten and beyond. Please continue to check back for specific curriculum objectives and outcomes.

Our History

EDS Nature Preschool is a new program for Augusta’s oldest and finest independent school. In 2019, we are celebrating our 75th year of preschool education for Augusta families. EDS holds dual accreditations by AdvancedED and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

Now Enrolling for August 2019!

Contact Karen Lilly, Director of Admissions, at klilly@edsaugusta.com or 706-733-1192 ext. 212 to begin the application process to secure your child’s place today. Space is limited to 12 students!

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Follow the link below to learn more about the Nature Preschool Movement.