Fledglings Nature Preschool

Fledglings Preschool Registration:

Classes are full for the 2021-22 school year! To be added to the waitlist, send an email to Sarah Chatwood, Preschool Coordinator at [email protected]

Our waitlist is active until our next registration period.  At that time the waitlist is wiped clean and begins again.  

Watch for information about registration for school year 2022-23 in February 2022

General Information

One of the first nature preschools in Montana and the first (and currently only) 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. Fledglings Nature Preschool is a proud member of the Natural Start Alliance.

Our approach draws from multiple sources, including Nature Pedagogy, Interest-led Flow Learning, Reggio Emergent Curriculum, Inquiry Learning, and others. 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.

In the 2021-2022 school year, we will have seven classes in four class times.. Each of the two morning class times will have two separate classes of 8 students.

Days Times Cost
M-W-F 8:30-12:30      $285/month
T-Th 8:30-12:30 $225/month
M-W-F 12:30-3:00 $210/month
T-Th 12:30-3:00 $150/month
T-Th (Fliers Kindergarten)    12:30-3:00 $150/month

Interested in learning more?

Sign up for a tour by e-mailing Sarah Chatwood at [email protected], our Preschool Coordinator

Meet Our Teachers!


Left to Right: Kylie Tiller (MWF morning), Jenny Walker (TTH morning & afternoon), Sarah Chatwood (M-F mornings), Becca Mathias (M-F afternoons).

Full bios available on the Center Staff page

A Day at Fledglings Preschool

Fledglings Morning Class Schedule
(subject to change based on seasons and weather conditions)
8:30 Meet teachers at the parking lot
8:30-8:45 Walk to school, searching for tracks, observing ponds, chatting about the day to come
8:45-10:00 Outdoor exploration and play
10:00-10:45 Indoors for snack and story time, daily jobs and cooperative playtime
10:45-11:45 Outdoors for directed explorations and activities
11:45-12:15 Lunch (indoors or outdoors depending on the weather)
12:15-12:30 Pack up, gear up and walk to the parking lot to go home

Fledglings Afternoon Class Schedule
(subject to change based on seasons and weather conditions)
12:30 Meet teacher at the parking lot
12:30-12:45 Walk to school, searching for tracks, observing ponds, chatting about the day to come
12:45-2:00 Outdoor exploration and play
2:00-2:15 Snack and story time (indoors or outdoors depending on the weather)
2:15-2:45 Outdoors for directed explorations and activities
2:45-3:00 Pack up, gear up and walk to the parking lot to go home


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