Drop-In On Nature (DION)

Drop-In On Nature (DION)

kids-in-around-sandbox

Kids playing at the sandbox.

Drop-In On Nature is an immersive program that offers an alternative to the traditional 4 wall classroom. We encourage children to explore, play, and create with a child-led flow and inquiry based philosophy. Our location has 7 privately fenced in acres of hiking trails, thousands of plant and tree species, a meandering stream, bridges, gardens, camp tent, sandbox, art/wood studio, meditation space, bathroom, and more.

*Children ages 4-Kindergarten have the option to be dropped off. 6 children per session.*

Complete nature immersion programs are proven worldwide to have many health and well-being benefits. This outdoor classroom space is among the first of its kind in Southern Chester County!

We found lots of cool stream creatures, here we are taking a closer look at one of the many snails found under the rocks. We also found snail eggs while searching!

Taking a peek at snails found under the rock!

Benefits of an Outdoor Classroom:

  • Outdoor exploration
  • Stewardship building
  • Natural connection to nature
  • Promoting independence, confidence, and empathy
  • Art, building, and creativity
  • Exercise for balance and well being
  • All weather, all year
  • Physical skills including risk taking and the development of both gross and fine motor skills
  • Strong social skills
  • Observation and study of native mammals, birds, herpetology, insects, plants, and trees
  • Gardening for food-to-table
  • Mixed age groups

Drop-In On Nature is in the process of pursuing accreditation to become the first Forest Kindergarten in this area of Chester County! Slated to begin September, 2018.

“Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls.” -Erin Kenny


When: Sessions run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM beginning Tuesday, January 9th through Thursday, May 31st, (excluding spring break dates: Monday, March 19th through Friday, March 30th).

Where: 501 Chandler Mill Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348

How: 

Days of the Week Sessions With Adult Drop-Off
Tuesday and Thursdays 40 $770 ($340)* $1,170 ($740)*
Tuesdays Only, or Thursdays Only 20 $400 ($200)* $600 ($400)*

*Prices in red parentheses are for TLC Members. TLC Members must type “member” into the discount box while checking out to receive the member-discount.

Click here to register or call our Education Coordinator, Lea, at 610-347-0347 x 104.


Check out our Current Programs to see what’s going on at the preserves!