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seasonal play groups

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about our playgroups

Life is our greatest teacher and nature is our original classroom. Children will learn practical knowledge about the world around them through gaining skills in

  • child-led play in nature guided by curiosity and hands on experience

  • fun and nature-based activities emphasizing seasonal observations and art

  • practical, hands on learning through gardening, craftsmanship, collecting wild edibles, and preservation, on a seasonal basis​


for ages 3-6 (with a grown up)

6 sessions

Thursdays 10-11am 

April 13 - May 25* 


Saturdays 10:30-11:30am

April 15-May 27*


we accept EFAs and offer a sibling discount

*we don't meet the week of NH break, 4/27 or 4/29

Spring Play Group Highlights

Spring is a busy time in nature! Babies are being born, eggs are hatching, the first seeds are being planted and some of the first crops are being harvested.

Our spring playgroup is designed for children to experience the wonder of spring firsthand.  In this playgroup we will be

  • hatching eggs

  • planting potatoes, peas, and other early veggies

  • starting seedlings

  • learning spring plant identification


Littles ages 1-2 now have their own play group that they can attend with a grown up! Spring groups are open for limited registration now! Tots will do nature crafts and activities, get to cuddle animals, and other special tots only experiences with a small group of new friends.

4 sessions, Saturdays 9-10am

April 15, 22, May 6, 13


Jocelyn is an incredible mom, and takes children in and treats them as if they were her own. She has a gift for teaching and sharing her love and knowledge for the outdoors. She just draws you in and makes you want to learn more how to utilize the world around us from gardening, foraging, working with sourdough, pickling, etc.

She takes her time to notice fun places for our children to visit outside. The kids not only have a blast, but Jocelyn makes learning easy and fun for any age.

Mallory T

My two extra high-energy boys (4 and 6 yrs) have had the privilege of learning from Jocelyn for almost a year now. They love getting their hands dirty, feeding animals, watering plants, hunting for berries, and discovering new edibles in the woods!

Jocelyn has such a great set-up for the kids to run free and play safely. My boys love the mud-kitchen, the swings, and all the different activities they find in Jocelyn’s yard (it’s always different). Jocelyn is kind and patient with the kids while leading them to develop necessary social skills that help create a pleasant environment for all involved.

I highly recommend Jocelyn if you’re looking for a fun outlet for your kids to learn and grow in nature and in character!

Rachael V

Black Soil


Here's an example of our activities

Spring is the best time to be outside! Sure, some days might be chilly or rainy, but with the right gear and the right activities, kids AND parents can have a truly magical time! 

Art Activity Examples

  • Making pine cone bird feeders 

  • Freezing berries, citrus, or pine needles into beautiful outdoor ornaments

  • Nature journaling the changes we see in our environment over the 6 weeks

  • More surprises! I can't give it all away here!

My greatest priority is creating space for children to play together in nature. Our gently wooded land provides safe spaces for kids to feel enveloped by nature in their play. 

  • Creating shelters

  • Following birds, squirrels, chipmunks and other wildlife

  • Feeding our chickens, collecting eggs, and bunny snuggles with Clementine and Audreyanna

  • Tracking and celebrating moon phases

While the priority is to be immersed in nature for this entire time, because it is a private residence we have access to indoor bathrooms and any other necessary facilities. 

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