Our Program’s Philosophy

Our philosophy is to provide a stimulating and meaningful first school experience for your child. We foster a partnership between dedicated, nurturing teachers and involved caring parents.

  • We create a place for children where they can play, explore, learn, and grow both mentally and physically.
  • We value each child as unique, with individual talents, strengths, interests, and needs.
  • We foster wonder and amazement as children discover the world around them and learn to care about living things.

We create a learning environment where children are free to learn and grow, secure in the knowledge that they are very special. A typical day at nursery school is dynamic, engaging, and meaningful to your child’s development.

3 Reasons why Nature’s Kids Nursery School is a smart choice:

  1. We have the only science and nature based curriculum on Long Island
  2. Located on a 17 acre nature preserve, with butterfly gardens, a mini-zoo, and museum
    artifacts to engage your child with
  3. Operated by an exceptional staff with extensive credentials

About Our Staff

The administrative and teaching staff at CSTL have the credentials necessary to create a program such as Nature’s Kids. With a doctorate in education from Columbia University, and two Masters degrees in education from Hofstra University and Curtin University, we have dedicated ourselves to creating a program that puts kids first, helping them become motivated and excited learners.

That’s because we know that besides their ABCs and 1,2,3s, kids need to love learning to succeed as they move into a K-12 setting. That’s what we do best; use our knowledge about inquiry, hands-on learning coupled with our love of science, to create a unique and very special place for your child.



Available Classes

Turtles         9:00 am – 12:00 pm  (2,3,4, or 5 day options)

Frogs            1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  (2,3,4, or 5 day options)

Dinosaurs  9am – 2:30 or 3:30pm, Monday – Friday Only


Turtle and Frog Program Tuition for 2015-16 school year:

# of Days Annual Tuition Due by 3/1 Due by 5/1 Due by 9/1  Due by 11/1
5 Days $5,022 $1,255.50 $1,255.50 $1,255.50 $1,255.50
4 Days $4,017 $1.004.25 $1,004.25 $1,004.25 $1,004.25
3 Days $3,015 $753.75 $753.75 $753.75 $753.75
2 Days $2,009 $502.25 $502.25 $502.25 $502.25

Dinosaur Program Tuition 2015-16 school year:

Program # of Days Length of Day Annual Tuition Due 3/1 Due 5/25 Due 9/1 Due 11/1
Dinosaur Mon-Fri 9am-2:30 $7,634 $1,908.50 $1908.50 $1,908.50 $1908.50
Dinosaur extended  Mon – Fri 9am – 3:30 $9,022 $2255.50 $2255.50 $2255.50 $2255.50


Much of what we do involves the kids learning through nature. When the kids first arrive, they have an opportunity to engage in free play. During this time the kids can explore the many activities available to them at the Nature’s Kids. The kids may choose to play in one of the outdoor sandboxes, see how the butterfly garden is doing, visit with the live animals, or interact with their friends in play.

Circle Time:

After free play the kids gather around the teacher for circle time. The boys and girls enjoy this time because it prepares them for another action packed day of experiential learning in nature. Circle time allows the children to refresh their memories about what they learned in a prior day and to discuss with the instructor and each other what they would still love to learn more about. Through conversation and sharing, kids better understand and process their experiences and begin to perceive the school day as a goal oriented learning experience. Circle time gives direction and purpose to the learning experience for both the students and our professional staff of teachers.

Experiential Learning

The Possibilities are Endless!

At Nature’s Kids much of what we do is done with using nature as a classroom. Our 17 acre preserve has ponds. streams, fields, hills, forests, bridges, butterfly gardens, live animals, vegetable gardens, and all sorts of nooks and crannies for your toddler to explore. The possibilities are endless. Class takes place in the outdoors as much as possible and each day at nature’s kids provides our instructors with new teachable moments.

Snack Time

During snack the kids eat healthy foods provided by CSTL or snacks the kids made themselves. Children take the opportunity to have snack outside under a big shady oak tree or sitting on the fishing pier overlooking the pond.

Learning Through Play

Four to six academic topics are presented each day. Math and language skills are integrated into the nature theme throughout the course of the session. Children are encouraged to sort, count, and observe whenever the opportunity presents itself. Counting rings on a tree, petals of a flower, or clouds in the sky, numbers are everywhere. Language arts are also integrated into the nature curriculum and lessons. Letter recognition by sight and sound happens through out the school day.

The ability for a person or child to have control over their body is called kinesthetic intelligence. The ability to gently hold a butterfly, to roll over a log, climb a hill, or play a musical instrument are things we tend to learn as children. How to use your body to perform these and dozens of other tasks are part of the lessons at Nature’s Kids. Our facility, with all its geological and ecological features, is the perfect place to develop your child’s kinesthetic skill set. The kids are challenged to use their bodies, hands, legs, fingers, toes, lips, and eyes in new ways, each day, and in each lesson. The ability to balance is done outside as much as possible. climbing over or under logs, hiking through the trails, jumping like frogs, and whistling like birds are just a few ways we teach kids how to use their body.

What We Learned Today: To end the day and reflect on what happened, the class enjoys this time to recollect their day. A sign greets the parents and caregivers, providing a summary of their exciting day!

As the Seasons Change Learning Evolves

As the seasons change learning evolves into something special. The terrain in each of our ecosystems changes as well. Your child will learn more about living things in a few months than most children do in their first several years of development.