The Young Explorers Enrichment Program is an extension of our pre-K and K summer camp program, designed to supplement your child’s regular pre-school or classroom learning through nature-based experiences.
Our focus is on learning through play, exploration, and hands-on experiences using nature as the classroom; children are outside for the duration of each program day, and the environment is our teacher. The journey of each individual is unique, and activities and curriculum are based on the interests and curiosities of participants.
The Young Explorers Enrichment Program is open to youth ages 3.5 through those currently enrolled in Kindergarten as of the session start date. All participants must be toilet trained. Each session lasts six weeks, and participants meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during that session (a total of 12 dates). Most program dates will take place at the River Center (11605 Old Friant Rd, Fresno). The River Center features a restored ranch house with educational exhibits, a ¾ mile habitat themed nature trail, event barn, small vineyard and orchard, and plenty of open/green space to explore and play in. Some field trip days to other Parkway properties nearby may be included in the session; participants will receive full information on the session schedule prior to the start date.
Parents/guardians or a family representative are asked to volunteer at/attend one of the 12 session dates with their child, and are welcome (but not required) to stay with their Young Explorer during all other program dates.