Unitarian Universalist Society presents:
UUS Nature Preschool
Why choose UUS Nature Preschool?
UUS Nature Preschool is an enrichment program designed to provide a natural, outdoor experience for preschool children in the Iowa City corridor. Children are immersed in the elements of nature which becomes the classroom. Children explore, discover and learn in a small group through the guidance of their teacher. Our convenient location is right off of Oakdale Blvd in Coralville.
How is our preschool unique?
UUS Nature Preschool strives to provide an Iowa City nature preschool option to the Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty area that allows children to thrive in an outdoor, play-based environment while inviting children to pre-academic disciplines curated based on student wonder, readiness, and interests.
With a sustainably built, eco-conscious building nestled on our wooded grounds, our preschool classroom provides a safe place to play and create. The majority of our preschoolers’ day will be spent enjoying our outdoor classroom, giving students access to gardens, an outdoor stage, groomed trails, and a natural playscape right outside the classroom windows.
Get a glimpse of what a typical day is like
We will model being environmentally conscious people and our attention to diversity will be grounded in sharing our love for all people and the responsibility to do no harm. With a joyful focus on sharing how wonderful the natural world is, and our collective responsibility to care for it and its inhabitants, much of our school day will be spent outdoors in nature.
*Extended Before and After care is under consideration. Please indicate if this is of interest to you when joining the waitlist.
Spend our days outdoors
What will your child learn?
- Opportunities for discovery, creativity, problem-solving, and STEM education
- Learn by doing
- Experiment with ideas
- Think, Question, and Make Hypotheses
- Absorb vitamin D
- Strengthen immune system
- Enhance overall physical fitness: balance, stability, proprioceptive motor skills, body manipulation
- Calm hyperactivity
- Enhance sense of peace
- Increase nurturing qualities
- Imagine and create
- Interact with new and different playmates
- Play alone and connect with others
- Learn to share
- Develop empathy
- Problem solve
Why a preschool at the Unitarian Universalist Society?
Our diverse spiritual congregation built and moved to our Coralville campus in 2017. Our goal was to create an environmentally conscious building (notice our solar panels and bio retention cells in front of our building) that allowed a close connection to nature. In designing this space, we had families in mind to provide a welcoming space for children to also explore the benefits of nature. This is why our classrooms are so accessible with our outdoor classroom space. After taking several years to settle in to our space, and the recent acquisition of a dedicated Director of Lifespan Religious Education, we are finally able to expand our treasure of a facility to the greater public through our UUS Nature Preschool Program.
Please note that while our Unitarian Universalist teachings are deeply in tune with respect to our environment and the greater natural world, our preschool is not religious and our focus is on being kind neighbors to each other who value diversity, environmental consciousness, and a love of staying curious. People of all backgrounds are welcome to attend.