At the Balch Nature School
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 provide children with special nature-centered opportunities to learn about themselves, the world, life, and our curriculum respons 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.
The Balch Nature School at the Fairbanks Museum is committed to supporting and building on the child's innate interest in exploring the natural world.
"Miss April," April Zajko (on the right), M.Ed., is Balch's lead teacher. April has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Education. She is a Vermont-licensed Early Childhood Educator and Reading Specialist. April, her husband, and her two children live in St. Johnsbury and love to spend time outdoors.
"Miss Betsy," Betsy Hjelm, classroom aide, is a graduate of Dean College with a liberal arts degree. She lives in St. Johnsbury with her husband and two boys.
For more about the Balch Nature School, click here.
For a 2013 Nature School application, click here.