Fledglings Nature Preschool



One of the first nature preschools in Montana and the first in the Billings area, Fledglings Nature Preschool is founded on the idea that kids learn best through play and hands-on experiences. Students spend at least 80% of their time outdoors, guided in exploration and learning by our skilled team of teacher naturalists. Academic skills such as pattern recognition, letters, numbers, and colors emerge from the child’s experience–counting birds on the pond, looking for matching colors of flowers and bugs, tracking animal prints in the snow, journaling about nature observations, etc. Positive social interaction and respect for others is heightened and reinforced by outdoor exploration and play, and the children’s learning is grounded in sensory experience of what is closest–the animals, plants, rocks, and weather that surround them every day.

Our approach draws from multiple sources, including Interest-led Flow Learning, Reggio Emergent Curriculum, Inquiry Learning, and others. Curriculum is designed on a two-year cycle for those students who enroll for multiple years. Our teacher-student ratio of 1:8 ensures in-depth mentoring and relationship-building, and frequent contact among the families of our students creates a community that goes beyond the classroom.

For the 2017-2018 edition of Fledglings, two class sessions will be offered:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, $270/month
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, $210/month

Registration for 2017-2018 begins March 1, 2017. Call or email to inquire.


Monthly Themes

September –Get to know yourself, your environment and classmates. Learn about teamwork and exploration.

October – Changes in Nature through senses

November – Preparing for winter, shelters, adaptations and foraging

December – Nature celebration with music, song and dance

January – Coverings: coats, boots, fur, feathers how do humans and animals deal with the cold

February –Enjoying the cold while working on cooperative play and colorful birds

March – Concert in Nature, listen, learn and mimic.

April – Water everywhere, learn the shapes of things while enjoying planting season

May – Plants and Flowers, how did we all change through the year?


A day at Fledglings (subject to change based on season and conditions)

8:30-8:45  Arrival and quiet discovery center time

8:45-9:00  Plan for the day and sharing

9:00-9:30  Outside Adventures (directed exploring and playing outside, working on climbing, balancing, creative thinking, lifting, building)

9:30-9:45  Inside to wrap up Outside Adventure (review what we saw, do an activity or craft)

9:45-10:15  Wholesome Snack (provided by Audubon, prepared by preschoolers) and free play

10:15-10:45  Unstructured playtime in the Shepard Nature Play Space

10:45-11:15  Story time/music/crafts

11:15-12:00  Outside for guided exploration (guided science, math and language exploration may include netting in the ponds or fields, making rivers at the pond, canoeing, float sink experiments, etc)

12:00-12:30  Lunch, Clean up & head home

Montana Audubon depends on your financial support


How Much Wilderness is Enough?

Certain Montana wildlands have been in the news a great deal recently, namely our Wilderness…

Conservation Program Update

We’re excited and ready for a fresh start in 2018: Montana Audubon recently began the…

View All Articles

Join Our Online Network

By joining our online network, you will receive timely conservation updates, action alerts, legislative news, our monthly eNews, information about upcoming events and more.

Make an Online Donation & Support Our Efforts

Montana Audubon depends on your financial support to continue our ambitious conservation work around the state.

Take Action

Take action on timely conservation issues Montana Audubon is engaged with. Your help will protect Montana’s birds and other wildlife into the future.

Join Our Online Network

Get updated on the latest Audubon programs and initiatives

Montana Audubon - © Copyright 2018 All Rights Reserved