Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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An early-childhood outdoor, character and mindful education program dedicated to the Safety, FUN, and Respect of all children. Our mission is to give each child, and class as a whole, a caring and safe space for them to have FUN and explore their environment while interacting, learning and practicing the art of "honoring all living things, including others and themselves"™.

Unfortunately, due to our small class sizes and filled classes, we have had to discontinue our missed classes / makeup policies.

In order to accommodate your children's and family schedules, we have worked very hard to incorporate and match the holidays given at SF-based preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.

No refunds are given for missed classes. Sorry, no exceptions.

Yes there are!

There is a 10% discount given for the first sibling when siblings are signed up during the same session.

There is a 5% discount given for the second and third siblings when siblings are signed up during the same session.

Please note that discounts may not be combined.

What to Wear

Please send your child in with clothes and shoes they can get dirty, soiled,and/or wet, as opportunities abound for old-fashioned and direct hands-on nature experiences!

Change of Clothes

Please be sure to bring a change of clothes (and shoes) at pick up, especially if your child will be going somewhere other than home after Nature Nurture.

Rainy Days & Morning Dew

Please send your child in with rain boots or shoes designed for walking in wet grass, jumping in rain puddles, slushing through mud, etc. Additional rain gear is always helpful: raincoat, hat (or hood) on rainy days. Rain pants are GREAT as well.

Once you fill out a registration and select If the class is full, please add me to the WAITLIST, your child's name will be added to the WAITLIST for the class you registered for. If/when a child in the class is absent, we contact families on the WAITLIST (in WAITLIST order) to see if that child is interested and available in doing a drop in that day.

No. There is no obligation, financial or otherwise, to be on a WAITLIST.

Children having outdoor FUN, being mentored by Nature Nurture founder, Linda Constant,
exploring nature and making friend and nature connections while enhancing, learning and practicing
the fine art of 'honoring all living things, including others and themselves'.

  • 'mindful', Respectful and FUN age-appropriate hikes
  • learn all aspects of Health, Safety and Outdoor Etiquette
  • includes nutrition, awareness of surroundings, difference between on and off trail, how to identify gardens (not always as obvious as one would think), proper attire, and more.
  • Class size: Maximum 6 children and 2 NN-trained teachers (NN founder is lead teacher)
  • Weekly Field trip-like Atmosphere, filled with opportunities for children to:
    • Meander and Explore at Children's Pace, Interests, and Developmental Stages
    • Look with Awareness, Listen with Eyes Closed, Smell Deeply and Touch Gently
    • 'mindful' Experiences, Discoveries and Hands-on, Curious, Respectful Engagement with Nature
    • Enhance, Learn and Practice the fine art of 'honoring all living things, including others and self'.

Drop-off Location:

  • Thursdays (Golden Gate Park) - Drop off at Main Gate (aka South Gate) on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (near intersection of 9th and Lincoln).

Note: Pick up at same location as drop off

Thursday class in Golden Gate Park is two hour drop off.


We spend all time outdoors filled with adventures, exploration, Safety, Fun and Respect.

On any day it IS raining, HAS rained, or LOOKS like rain, please send your child in with rain gear: rain coat with hood (or rain hat), boots and even rain pants if s/he has them. No umbrellas please.

Snacks

Thursday class in Golden Gate Park:
Due to length of class, we will not be having a formal sit-down 'snack time'. Teachers will carry water and cups for children. Children are also welcome to bring and carry their own water bottles, as well as easy-to-eat fruit, veggies and/or bars without nuts if you think they'll need a snack, and in particular, some protein during our two hour class.

PRIORITY Enrollment One is now available to current WINTER/Spring 2018 families through midnight Wednesday, March 8, 2018.

PRIORITY Enrollment Two* is available to past Nature Nurture families from Thursday, March 9 through midnight Monday, March 13, 2018.

OPEN Enrollment* begins Tuesday, March 14, 2018.

 

*Although PRIORITY Enrollment Two and OPEN Enrollment are available at later dates, all families may register online anytime before their PRIORITY or OPEN Enrollment date by clicking Register Now. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis once PRIORITY Enrollment dates is over end of day March 13, 2016.

Refund Insurance must be purchased at time of enrollment.

With Purchase of Refund Insurance:

Refund Insurance: $45.

On or by August 1, 2018: Any monies (excluding non-refundable deposit and refund insurance) already paid are refunded 100%.

On or after August 2, 2018: With at least two weeks' notice in writing prior to withdrawing from session, a credit for remaining classes not taken is given. This credit may be used for any available classes taken through end of WINTER/Spring 2018 (May 25, 2018). (This credit is not transferable.) Any credits not used between September 11, 2018 and end of WINTER/Spring 2018 (May 25, 2018) will not be refunded or available. Sorry, no exceptions.

Without Refund Insurance:

No refunds or credits. Sorry, no exceptions.

PRIORITY Enrollment for WINTER/Spring 2018 session: October 6 - 20, 2017.

Open Enrollment: for WINTER/Spring 2018 session begins October 21 2017, however, you may register at any time.**

NOTE: PRIORITY Enrollment apply to all families enrolled in Fall 2017 session keeping same class and time.

* Discounts may not be combined.

**Please note if you are not enrolled in Fall 2017, and you submit a registration for WINTER/Spring 2018 before October 21st, it will be held in a pending status until end of day October 20th. You will be notified on or shortly after October 21st if we still have available spots. The benefits of registering before Open Enrollment is that all Open Enrollment registrations will be given first-come, first-served status after PRIORITY Enrollment registrations based on date registration is received.

Refund Insurance: $45.

Refund Insurance must be purchased at time of enrollment (registration).

WITH Purchase of Refund Insurance:

Before or by November 15, 2017: Any monies (excluding non-refundable deposit and refund insurance) already paid are refunded 100%.

On or after November 16, 2017: With at least two weeks' notice in writing prior to withdrawing from session, a credit for remaining classes not taken is given. This credit may be used for any available classes taken during WINTER/Spring 2018 and/or Summer CAMP 2018. (This credit is not transferable.)

Any credits not used between January 3, 2018 and end of Summer CAMP 2018 will not be refunded or available. Sorry, no exceptions.

WITHOUT Purchase of Refund Insurance:

No refunds. Sorry, no exceptions.

Missed Classes and Makeups:

Unfortunately, due to our small class sizes and filled classes, we have had to discontinue our missed classes / makeup policies.

In order to accommodate your children's and family schedules, we have worked very hard to incorporate and match the holidays given at SF-based preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.

No refunds or makeups are given for missed classes. (Sorry, no exceptions.)

We are now in OPEN Enrollment* for Fall 2018 session.

* Discounts may not be combined.

Refund Insurance: $45.

Refund Insurance must be purchased at time of enrollment (registration).

WITH Purchase of Refund Insurance:

Before or by July 25, 2018: Any monies (excluding non-refundable deposit and refund insurance) already paid are refunded 100%.

On or after July 26, 2018: With at least two weeks' notice in writing prior to withdrawing from session, a credit for remaining classes not taken is given. This credit may be used for any available classes taken during Fall 2018 and/or WINTER/Spring 2019. (This credit is not transferable.)

Any credits not used between September 10, 2018 and end of WINTER/Spring 2019 will not be refunded or available. Sorry, no exceptions.

WITHOUT Purchase of Refund Insurance:

No refunds. Sorry, no exceptions.

Missed Classes and Makeups:

Unfortunately, due to our small class sizes and filled classes, we have had to discontinue our missed classes / makeup policies.

In order to accommodate your children's and family schedules, we have worked very hard to incorporate and match the holidays given at SF-based preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.

No refunds or makeups are given for missed classes. (Sorry, no exceptions.)

3 hour drop off.

We spend all time outdoors filled with adventures, exploration, Safety, Fun and Respect.

All children attending a ROOTS class must be potty trained, in underwear and bathroom independent.

Snacks and Clothes

SNACKS: Please send your child in with a small, healthy snack and their own water. (Please note we honor a NO-NUT policy in all Nature Nurture classes).

WHAT TO WEAR: Play clothes. Durable, if possible, as well as long pants, closed in shoes with a good waffled sole, socks, sweater and/or jacket. Brimmed hats are also helpful.

RAINY DAYS: On any day it IS raining, LOOKS like rain, or HAS rained, please send your child in with rain gear: boots, jacket and even rain pants if she has them. (Rain gear makes all the difference in the world keeping kids warm and dry while sloshing through mud, jumping in puddles and even squatting on the ground while rescuing (returning) a worm from the sidewalk to his family and home in the dirt!).  

EXTRA CLOTHES:
As we (and our clothes) sometimes get wet, muddy, or simply soiled from being out and about in nature, please feel free to bring a change of clothes for your child when you pick him or her up:  
pants, socks, and even shoes if your child will be going somewhere other than home after Nature Nurture.
Yes.

We offer Extended Lunch for Monday and Thursday morning ROOTS class:
Children bring their own brown bag lunch. We start lunch at 11:15 and pick up is at 11:45.

SESSIONS FEES for Extended Lunch*
Monday's class: $65 ($5/class)
 or $10/drop in.
Thursday's class: $70 ($5/class)
 or $10/drop in.

We offer Extended Lunch/Care for Tuesday morning ROOTS class:
Children bring their own brown bag lunch. We start lunch at 11:30 and pick up is at 12:00. 

SESSIONS FEES for Extended Lunch/Care*
Tuesday's class: $112 ($8/class)
or $15/drop in.

* Session fee must be paid at time of enrollment.
Yes, there is a $150 non-refundable deposit.

Toddlers & Preschoolers Building & Honoring Respectful Relationships with Earth, Others & Themselves

Your child will explore the wonders of their community's amazing backyard, the natural world of the Presidio: lots of tactile, thought and imagination-provoking experiences with dirt, leaves, bugs, birds, butterflies, and more! All this while being among the first in their playgroup and/or preschool to learn and practice Nature Nurture's philosophy and methodology of honoring all living things, including others and themselves.

  • Ages 2 – 3s
  • Mini Nature Nurture class
  • 2 hour drop off (once or twice a week)
  • Small class size: (6) children max and (2) teachers
  • Child-paced nature walks
  • Dedicated honor of child's personality, style and developmental stage
  • Manners and character enhancement in a nature-based environment
  • Old fashioned atmosphere and philosophy of Safety, FUN and Respect
  • Freedom to explore and play with the environment through the senses
  • Natural world opportunities for children to learn, love and respect Earth, others and themselves
  • Relaxed, peaceful time for children to explore and spend time in nature in a small group setting

"The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses."
Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder)

2 hour drop off.

We spend all time outdoors filled with adventures, exploration, Safety, Fun and Respect.

'seedlings' children do not need to be potty trained. If, at any point during session, your child becomes potty trained and/or is beginning to be potty trained, please feel send him or her in with pull ups (in case of accidents). Children in pull ups will also be kindly encouraged to use bathroom before we go on our nature walk and/or another time of need.

Snacks and Clothes

SNACKS: Please send your child in with a small, healthy snack and their own water. (Please note we honor a NO-NUT policy in all Nature Nurture classes).

WHAT TO WEAR: Play clothes. Durable, if possible, as well as long pants, closed in shoes with a good waffled sole, socks, sweater and/or jacket. Brimmed hats are also helpful.

RAINY DAYS: On any day it IS raining, LOOKS like rain, or HAS rained, please send your child in with rain gear: boots, jacket and even rain pants if she has them. (Rain gear makes all the difference in the world keeping kids warm and dry while sloshing through mud, jumping in puddles and even squatting on the ground while rescuing (returning) a worm from the sidewalk to his family and home in the dirt!).  

EXTRA CLOTHES:

As we (and our clothes) sometimes get wet, muddy, or simply soiled from being out and about in nature, please feel free to bring a change of clothes for your child when you pick him or her up:  

pants, socks, and even shoes if your child will be going somewhere other than home after Nature Nurture.

PRIORITY Enrollment for WINTER/Spring 2018 session: October 6 - 20, 2017.

Open Enrollment: for WINTER/Spring 2018 session begins October 21 2017, however, you may register at any time.**

NOTE: PRIORITY Enrollment apply to all families enrolled in Fall 2017 session keeping same class and time.

* Discounts may not be combined.

**Please note if you are not enrolled in Fall 2017, and you submit a registration for WINTER/Spring 2018 before October 21st, it will be held in a pending status until end of day October 20th. You will be notified on or shortly after October 21st if we still have available spots. The benefits of registering before Open Enrollment is that all Open Enrollment registrations will be given first-come, first-served status after PRIORITY Enrollment registrations based on date registration is received.

Refund Insurance: $45.

Refund Insurance must be purchased at time of enrollment (registration).

WITH Purchase of Refund Insurance:

Before or by November 15, 2017: Any monies (excluding non-refundable deposit and refund insurance) already paid are refunded 100%.

On or after November 16, 2017: With at least two weeks' notice in writing prior to withdrawing from session, a credit for remaining classes not taken is given. This credit may be used for any available classes taken during WINTER/Spring 2018 and/or Summer CAMP 2018. (This credit is not transferable.)

Any credits not used between January 3, 2018 and end of Summer CAMP 2018 will not be refunded or available. Sorry, no exceptions.

WITHOUT Purchase of Refund Insurance:

No refunds. Sorry, no exceptions.

Missed Classes and Makeups:

Unfortunately, due to our small class sizes and filled classes, we have had to discontinue our missed classes / makeup policies.

In order to accommodate your children's and family schedules, we have worked very hard to incorporate and match the holidays given at SF-based preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.

No refunds or makeups are given for missed classes. (Sorry, no exceptions.)

We are now in OPEN Enrollment* for Fall 2018 session.

* Discounts may not be combined.

Refund Insurance: $45.

Refund Insurance must be purchased at time of enrollment (registration).

WITH Purchase of Refund Insurance:

Before or by July 25, 2018: Any monies (excluding non-refundable deposit and refund insurance) already paid are refunded 100%.

On or after July 26, 2018: With at least two weeks' notice in writing prior to withdrawing from session, a credit for remaining classes not taken is given. This credit may be used for any available classes taken during Fall 2018 and/or WINTER/Spring 2019. (This credit is not transferable.)

Any credits not used between September 10, 2018 and end of WINTER/Spring 2019 will not be refunded or available. Sorry, no exceptions.

WITHOUT Purchase of Refund Insurance:

No refunds. Sorry, no exceptions.

Missed Classes and Makeups:

Unfortunately, due to our small class sizes and filled classes, we have had to discontinue our missed classes / makeup policies.

In order to accommodate your children's and family schedules, we have worked very hard to incorporate and match the holidays given at SF-based preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.

No refunds or makeups are given for missed classes. (Sorry, no exceptions.)

Yes, there is a $90 non-refundable deposit.

Created and based on the same premise as Nature Nurture's Core ROOTS class, Nature Nurture Summer CAMP is about Safety, FUN, and Respect while children learn and practice the ever-important life skill and fine art of honoring (being kind to) all living things including others and themselves. Rich, exciting and personally-chosen hands on experiences with nature, knowledge, negotiation, and the basic niceties of life provide your child with lots of opportunities to explore and expand their world, imagination and character, while creating life-long skills and memories...all within the amazing Presidio National Park!

  • Mornings or Afternoons
  • 8:30 – 11:30 ages 3 – 4s
  • 1:30 – 4:30 ages 4 – 6s
  • Monday through Fridays
  • (6) campers & (2) teachers / class
  • (1) Junior CAMP Leader / class (morning and afternoon class)
  • Different adventures every day
  • Kid-friendly & paced hikes
  • Dirt, bugs, & climbing trees
  • Time for play, snack, exploration…
  • Even time for rest for those who’d like
  • Picnics on a hill, beach, field, or even in the forest
  • Song, dance, & dramatic play
  • Nature Nurture created games
  • Presidi-Go bus rides around the Park: Feed carrots to a horse, find shells along the beach, discover new trails, turn over rocks and discover what lives underneath, learn and practice the ever-important life skill and fine art of honoring all living things, including others and yourself, while having FUN, FUN and More FUN!!

Our Junior Nature Nurture CAMP Leader program has become a huge success since its inception in 2009. Be sure to sign your child up early if they are interested in being a Junior Nature Nurture CAMP Leader…as there is only (1) Junior CAMP Leader per class.

To find out more about this program, please call (415 939-8911) or send an email to linda@naturenurture.com. To register, click Register Now.

3 hour drop off.

We spend all time outdoors filled with adventures, exploration, safety, fun and respect.

Clothes 

It is recommended that all children, and any accompanying adults on our nature walk* wear the following: 

long pants (even on warm days...see NOTE below)     
closed-in shoes
socks
shoes with a good waffled sole

NOTE: long pants, closed-in shoes and socks help prevent risk of being scratched by thorns on low-lying plants while meandering through the forest, hills and fields, the occasional poison oak and the predictably unpredictable weather of San Francisco ... and the Presidio :-)

jacket
brimmed hat (helps on chilly days and shades eyes from sun)
sunscreen

* we sometimes encounter poison oak on and near the trails, as well as prickly plants.

Snacks

Please send your child in with a small, healthy snack. (Please note we honor a NO-NUT policy in all Nature Nurture classes).


Backpacks and Toys  Like you, ware about healthy backs!

It is recommended that children bring their snack, sweater or jacket in a backpack that is as light as possible for them to carry. At Nature Nurture, although children carry their own backpacks while walking to and from our destinations, we invite and encourage children to take their backpacks off when they are exploring, building, playing, having snack, etc once we've arrived. Teachers will also carry children's backpacks from time to time to give children a break.  

To keep with our mission of children connecting with the earth, natural environment and their peers, we have a 'no toys' rule at Nature Nurture for all classes except our 'seedlings' class for ages 2-3s during our school year sessions. Of course, we also make exceptions at Nature Nurture and if your child needs/wants to bring a special item or toy (non-plastic, please), stuffie or small blankie each week that helps him or her feel safe and comforted, that is 100% fine with us. We aim to avoid having children bring toys to be played with, however, understand children sometimes need to have a familiar and comforting item to hold and/or simply have nearby in their backpack.




BENEFITS

NN Jr. CAMP Leaders (ages 7 -14) are offered a wonderful all-outdoor, community-based opportunity for personal growth and learning while having a positive impact on young children (ages 3-6) from their own community. Jr. CAMP Leaders are mentored by Nature Nurture founder, Linda Constant, to aid in their development of personal and leadership qualities such as confidence, organization and more, as well as Nature Nurture hallmark traits such as mindfulness, good character and social awareness coupled with its’ three core principles of Safety, FUN and Respect for nature, others and ourselves.

In addition to the above, Jr. CAMP Leaders will gain experience for future employment and/or references, and the potential (if they are interested) to learn about the ins and outs of entrepreneurship and what it means to have responsibility for a successful business, the classes and most importantly the children.

At the beginning of each CAMP day, the Jr. CAMP Leader and NN founder will meet and discuss leadership topics such as goal setting, decision-making and review the three core principles of NN: Safety, FUN and Respect for nature, others and ourselves, as well as co-choose that day's location for our adventure, using thoughtful, decision-making skills based on the weather, children in the class, their energy, disposition and needs for the day and more.

The first thing we want for all Jr. CAMP Leaders is to simply be present and have FUN. At NN, we believe that by taking care of ourselves first (hint: being mindful about our own Safety, making sure we are having FUN and showing Respect to ourselves...and being in the moment), we are then best able to take care of others.

We encourage all Jr. CAMP Leaders (as well, of course, campers) to speak up and ask for what they want/need. Many organizations have an ‘open door policy’. At NN, we are proud to have an ‘open-heart and mind policy’.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend each day of CAMP
  • Assist Lead Teacher as needed
  • Be kind to the children (and of course, nature, others and yourself)
  • Learn and practice the art of:
    • saying ‘yes’ as often as possible’ to the children
    • feeling and showing acceptance rather than judgment
    • honoring all living things, including nature others and yourself
  • Be open to meeting new ideas with an open mind
  • Ask questions and stand up for your own choices and voice
  • Be open and/or learn about and practice accepting constructive criticism
  • Be mindful about NN’s three core principles of Safety, FUN and Respect for nature, others and self.

To Register, click Register Now.

OPEN Enrollment begins Jan 8, 2018. 

Take advantage of our Discounted Early Registration rate of $330 through February 28, 2018, and our Early Standard Registration rate of $355 March 1 - June 10.  Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note our policy does not permit us to hold spots (no exceptions). If you are not on our email list and would like to be receive Nature Nurture enrollment dates, notifications and updates, please send an email to linda@naturenurture.com. In the subject line, please write: Please add me to NN email list.

NOTE from Nature Nurture founder, Linda Constant:

Please note we've reduced the fee for Refund Insurance from $37.50 in past years to $20.00 for Summer CAMP 2018 in an effort to help families who think their summer plans may change. Please do consider buying our reduced rate Refund Insurance if you think you may need to switch or cancel your child's Summer CAMP 2018 adventures at Nature Nurture.

No refunds or credits will be given without Refund Insurance (purchased at time of registration) as our way of respecting those who have purchased it. Our hope is you will understand our philosophy.  Thank you. 


With Purchase of Refund Insurance:

through end of day April 30, 2018: CAMP fee refunded 100%*

On or After May 1, 2018 with at least two weeks’ notice in writing prior to the designated week(s), full credit (minus $25 deposit and $20 Refund Insurance fee) given toward classes taken after canceled week(s) during Summer CAMP 2018.

Any credits not used between June 11, 2018 and August 3, 2018 will not be refunded. Sorry, no exceptions.

Without Refund Insurance:

CAMP fee is nonrefundable. Sorry, no exceptions.

*refund does not include deposit or refund insurance.

Yes, a $25 non-refundable deposit is required. (The $25 is included in the session rate).

Contact Us

Nature Nurture
P.O.Box 170358
San Francisco, CA 94117

Outdoor Locations

Regular Location

93 Moraga Ave., SF, CA 94129
Actual drop off and pick up location is on corner of Sheridan Ave and Montgomery St. (Lawn in front of Presidio Bowling Center. Opposite Presidio Main Parade Ground.)

When it is raining

93 Moraga Ave., SF, CA 94129
Actual drop off and pick up location is on Montgomery St between Moraga and Bliss Ave. (Lawn on west side of Presidio Bowling Center. Opposite side of old Presidio Theatre.)