KinderWild Nature-Based Play & Learning (Winter 2024)

The outdoors is our classroom in this 8-week session of child-led, open-ended play classes following the Tinkergarten curriculum. You and your child will create a deeper connection to nature as we learn songs, animal facts, and offer creative play invitations that encourage children to problem-solve, use teamwork, and think creatively. Classes include creative movement, dramatic play, sensory exploration, and process art, all using naturally sourced materials. Come experience our joy-filled learning community!

Children ages 18 months to 8 years (no residency requirements) are eligible to participate. An adult must accompany each child at class for the duration of the program. Classes will be led by Jennifer Drechsler of KinderWild Nature-Based Play and Learning LLC.

Program Details

  • Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Panthorn Park, 485 Burritt Street, Plantsville
  • Registration Fee: $170.00 for the 1st child; $136.00 for each additional child within the same household
  • Late/partial-session registrations will be permitted (pending space availability) for the duration of the program at a pro-rated cost. If registering for less than 8 classes, please contact the Recreation Department office at (860) 276-6219 to inquire about the exact amount due.

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Registration Information

  • Space is limited to a maximum of 12 children. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Advance registration is required and will be accepted ONLINE ONLY.
  • Registration fee payments must be submitted to the Recreation Department prior to attending your first class.
  • Mail or bring payments to: Recreation Department, 388 Pleasant Street, Southington, CT 06489. Credit card payments are also accepted online (see link below under Acceptable Forms of Payment).
  • The Recreation office is located inside the Calendar House Senior Center building. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Contact the office at (860) 276-6219 with any questions regarding registration.
  • Please contact Jennifer Drechsler at (770) 362-5241 with any questions about the KinderWild program's curriculum or policies.

Acceptable Forms of Payment

  • Cash (Exact Change Required)
  • Check/Money Order - Payable to "Town of Southington"
  • Credit Card*

*An additional, non-refundable service fee applies to all credit card transactions.