Greenway Launches Nature-Based Preschool Program aims to connect children with nature while preparing them for Kindergarten
FORT MILL, S.C. (May 16, 2019) — In keeping with the mission of the Anne Springs Close Greenway to connect people to nature through recreational and educational activities, the Greenway has announced its newest educational program – the Greenway Preschool, an innovative, nature-based preschool concept designed to connect our youngest community members to nature, while preparing them for kindergarten. Developed by Dr. Michelle Evans, Director of Education for the Anne Springs Close Greenway and Lindsey Arnautovic, FLYERS Director, the Greenway’s new preschool program will begin in September and provide children in the Fort Mill area with the opportunity to explore and discover nature through hands-on, indoor and outdoor learning opportunities.
“Decades of research shows that a connection to nature in early childhood has a positive impact in a child’s well-being. The Greenway Preschool will offer a unique half-day opportunity in Fort Mill that will ensure children are ready for kindergarten through nature-based activities and play,” said Director of Education Michelle Evans, Ph.D. “This type of learning is fun, age appropriate and allows children to explore and appreciate our natural world.”
“We are excited to offer this exclusive preschool experience that will not only prepare children for future academic success, but also provide social and emotional growth and a love for the outdoors,” said Lindsey Arnautovic, director of the Leroy Springs & Co. FLYERS program, which provides enrichment and afterschool care in each Fort Mill Elementary School and serves thousands of school children each year.
The preschool program will be held at the Adventure Center on the Greenway (104 Adventure Road, Fort Mill, SC 29715), Monday thru Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm, and will follow North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guidelines for Excellence. Both indoor and outdoor experiences will be incorporated with a strong emphasis on outdoor learning and exploration. The Greenway Preschool is available to children ages 4 and 5 and will offer low student/teacher ratios of 8:1, with a maximum of 20 students enrolled in this charter year.
Prospective parents are invited to schedule a tour with the Preschool Directors by calling 803-548-7255 or emailing [email protected] Parents may tour the facility, speak with the directors and learn more about the program. Registration is currently open. The first day of school will be September 3, 2019. To register and for more details, please visit ASCGreenway.org or call 803-547-4575.
About Anne Springs Close Greenway
Opened in 1995, the Anne Springs Close Greenway is a 2,100-acre natural preserve that offers countless activities from hiking and biking and horseback riding to picnics and kayaking and more, while maintaining a natural habitat for wildlife. Its mission is to connect people to nature through recreational and educational activities while fostering a passion for environmental conservation, animal habitat, and protection of natural resources. Owned and operated by the non-profit Leroy Springs & Co., Inc., the Greenway receives no tax money to build, maintain and operate trails and facilities. It is funded in part by the generous donations from individuals and corporations. To become a Greenway member, donate or volunteer, please visit ASCGreenway.org.