Beginner Buddies

Beginner Buddies Preschool classes are specifically designed for children ages 1-5 years old. Classes involve a story, craft, exploration stations, and time with two of our animal ambassadors. Some programs also include songs. This is a great way for parents, grandparents, or guardians to spend some extra time with their child while learning, crafting, and having fun.  Each class also includes access to the playground and sensory nature trails.

Each class cost $7 per child. The first adult accompanying the child is free.  Each additional adult is $10. Classes are offered on the second Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:30 am unless otherwise specified. Classes run August through May. Call or email to reserve your spot as classes are limited.

The themes for each week can be found below. The crafts, stories, and exploration stations will go with the theme of the week.


2020-2021 Beginner Buddies Dates:

  • August 18 –
  • September 8 – Life on the Farm
  • October 13 – Halloween and Pumpkins (Children will be able to take a hayride during the program)
  • November 10 – Thanksgiving
  • December 8 – Holidays and Ornament Making
  • January 12 – Snow
  • February 9 – Valentine’s Day
  • March 2 – St. Patrick’s Day (Will run on the First Tuesday of this month)
  • April 13 – Easter egg hunt (Rabbit encounters will be from 10:00-10:45 and 11:30-12:00.  We will have the egg hunt at 10:50 for kids under 2 and at 11:10 for kids 2 and older.  The rest of the time there will be games, crafts, and activities set up in the gym.)
  • May 11 – Life in the Pond

To reserve a spot for your child, please call 704-768-0909 or email Please provide your child’s name, age and the best way to contact you.