Growing above and beyond...

Imagine a preschool where child development stems from personal connections with nature’s building blocks. That is who we are and what we do. At the zoo, children grow up with the knowledge, passion, and ability to save plants and animals.

Open enrollment for 2014-2015 begins April 15, 2014.  Space is limited, contact Randelyon Phillips, Early Childhood coordinator at 405.425.0257. 


  • Must be 3 - 5 years on or before Sept. 1, 2014.
  • Classes run September 2, 2014- May 28, 2015.
  • Enrollment Option 1 - Tues and Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Enrollment Option 2 - Tues, Weds and Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm. 

Program Objectives

Social Skills:

The children will grow in self confidence, cooperation, concerns for others, and spirit of sharing.

Self Direction:

Activities and classroom management will promote listening and speaking; self discipline and decision making, self help skills, creative self-expression and independent work and play.

Language Skills:

Each child’s language skills will expand through stories, songs and by sharing real-life experiences. These experiences include meeting animals, visiting exhibits, and various activities that build vocabulary and stimulate oral expression.

Intellectual Growth:

Each child will engage in learning experiences through age-appropriate curriculum (i.e., music, art, science, social studies, etc). 

Physical Development:

Through play, sensory, teacher-guided and self-directed activities, children develop fine and gross motor skills.

Environmental Awareness:

Appreciation for animals and nature begins with knowledge. Understanding how actions affect nature comes from zoo activities and nature play.

Staff Background and Qualifications

The Instructor has a B.S. in Family Life Education with an emphasis in Child Development. In addition, all staff have completed an OSBI background check. The zoo also has EMT’s and First Responders on grounds at all times.

Additional Information

Many additional details can be found in the Nature Explorers Preschool Handbook.Snacks are provided, but children need to bring a sack lunch each day. (We are a peanut free class. Please don’t bring any food that has peanuts or any items make in a factory that uses peanuts.) We also venture outside daily so comfortable clothes and shoes are required. Fees and Enrollment

  • A $50.00 non-refundable enrollment fee is required to reserve your child’s spot.
  • Tuition payment for Option 1 (Tues and Thurs) is $195.00 - due on the 1st of each month.
  • Tuition payment for Option 2 (Tues, Wed, and Thurs) is $245 - due on the 1st of each month.

For info and enrollment, contact Randelyon Phillips, Early Childhood coordinator at (405) 425-0257. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Our Cancellation and Refund Policy does not apply to Nature Explorer's Preschool.  


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