About our Pre-School Programs
Guided by the principal that it’s ever too early to start developing a connection to nature, Seatuck’s pre-school programs seek to immerse youngsters in authentic, hands-on experiences in the natural world. The outdoors provide an unparalleled environment for learning and enrichment.
Seatuck’s drop-off preschool program (named after the small, but loud frog called a Spring Peeper) is the first nature center-based program of its kind in Suffolk County. It is located at the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip, but also includes regular visits to the Suffolk County Environmental Center at the Scully Estate in Islip. The program, for children ages 3 to 6, runs for 2.5 hours each day, five days a week. There are two daily sessions, one from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and another from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. The curriculum includes a comprehensive blend of environmental education and traditional, play-based pre-school standards. The natural world is used as the guiding theme in presenting science, art and music, math, language & literacy, dramatic play, and other curriculum areas. The program addresses each child’s development through an enriching and hands-on program that teaches children to connect with the world around them.
Our early childhood offerings also include Tiny Trekkers, a series of recurring programs for pre-schoolers and a caregiver. The weekly programs, for children ages 2 to 5, are offered throughout the year and generally focus on a seasonal topic. The programs, usually an hour long, are based outdoors and include engaging, hands-on activities, such as planting, scavenger hunts, arts-and-crafts, and hikes. Participants can enroll in one program at a time or the entire series. A new Tiny Trekkers schedule is posted each season – visit our program calendar for details.
Seatuck’s summer programs are based at the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip. During these programs our experienced staff of naturalists and teachers guide the students through nature, weather, and other environmental topics, all while exploring the outdoors in a playful way. These programs are perfect for children with an interest in nature, animals, plants or the environment. Most of our students return year after year…come and see why! There are two options based on age.
The South Shore Nature Center is a public nature center located in East Islip, New York. The facility is operated by the Seatuck Enviornmental Association through a partnership with the Town of Islip, which owns the property together with Suffolk County and The Nature Conservancy.