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Balch Nature School

The Balch Nature School is a fully licensed preschool offering nature-based learning at the Fairbanks Museum for children ages 3 to 5.


We believe children are born with a desire to explore and understand the natural world, and that early experiences with nature set a precedent for lifelong learning and well-being. We are committed to supporting and building on every child's innate interest in exploring the natural world.

We provide children with special nature-centered opportunities to learn about themselves, the world, life, and our curriculum response to students' interests.  We offer students a range of "real" materials--water, soil, rocks, plants, snow.  Balch children learn by doing; they play in the mud, climb on logs, follow insects, and plant seeds.

Balch Nature PreschoolStudents must be fully toilet trained for this drop-off program.

  • Classes meet in the Balch Nature School indoor/outdoor space at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, interspersed with local field trips. 
  • We spend time outdoors each day.
  • We offer a quality environment that meets preschoolers' developmental needs, while inspiring a connection with nature.
  • Maximum class size is 12 students.

Contact Carolyn Guest, Balch Nature Preschool lead teacher, to find out more.

To apply, simply download the 2016-2017 application form, or call 802-748-2372 and ask us to send you the form. Then submit your completed application to the Museum.

VIew our 2016-2017 payment schedule.

Also available at the Balch Nature School is the Nature Buddies program for children 0-6 and their parents.  Click here for more information on this engaging and fun playgroup!