Program for 18 Months - Four Years of Age
The Little Wonders program is free for all ELC members. $7 for adult non-members, and $5 for non-member children ages 18 months – 4 years. Should you choose to purchase an ELC family membership following the program, the cost of the program will be deducted from the membership cost.
More and more studies are showing that outdoor exposure benefits humans in so many ways, yet in general we do not spend nearly enough time outside. This is especially true for our little ones who desperately need meaningful opportunities for nature play and exploration.
This type of play: supports creativity and problem solving, improves eyesight, enhances cognitive abilities, improves academic performance, improves nutrition, increases connection with nature, improves social relations, reduces stress and anxiety, reduces attention deficit (ADD) symptoms, improves self-discipline, increases physical activity and much more! To combat the lack of outdoor time, referred to by famous author, Richard Louv, as Nature Deficit Disorder, the ELC is offering opportunities for little ones along with their parents, grandparents, and guardians to enjoy guided nature activities together through the Little Wonders program. Join us today!
Adult must be present with child throughout entirety of program.
Participants will meet in Welcome Center at 9:00am, with the program beginning promptly thereafter; adults and children are free to adventure around the ELC campus or enjoy lunch on campus after program concludes.
Swim diapers or pullups are required to participate in all water activities for all children who are not potty trained.
Adults must sign indemnification form to allow children to participate in program (included in registration).
Wear clothing and footwear that can get dirty and wet from nature and art play. The ELC encourages direct contact with the natural world whenever possible (including exploration without shoes, at times). Each parent or guardian is to use his or her discretion when deciding whether or not to allow a child to play barefoot.