Nature abounds with opportunities for our earliest learners at
The Howard County Conservancy Nature Preschool
Serving children ages 3 – 5 in mixed age group settings
Prospective students can now schedule a guided tour to see what makes our preschool so special!
2024 -2025 Enrollment
Tuition covers enrollment from
September 3, 2024 to June 13, 2025
The Nature Preschool invites families to join our waitlist
Registration for the 2024-2025 school year begins on January 22, 2024
Full – Day
Monday – Friday | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $1,265 monthly
Extended Care (optional) | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | $200 monthly
Half – Day
Monday – Friday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | $665 monthly
Summer 2023 Enrollment
Sessions are filled on a first come, first served basis
Registration opens January 22, 2025 at 9:00am
|Session 1:||July 1 – 12|
|Session 2:||July 15 – 26|
|Session 3:||July 29 – August 9|
|Session 4:||August 12 – 16|
Full – Day
Monday – Friday | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $730/ session
Extended Care (optional) | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | $100/ session
*Additional full day spaces may be added in the coming weeks. If the session you choose is full, please join the waitlist to receive updates.
Half – Day
Monday – Friday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | $370/ session
Session four prices are prorated to reflect one week*
Playdate with Nature Series
(caregiver and child)
Join us at Belmont for outdoor adventures and nature-based learning. In this monthly series, children and their caregivers are invited for hikes and thoughtfully curated and child-led activities while exploring nature! Best suited for children ages 2-5 with caregiver present.
Wednesday 2/7/24 – 2/28/24
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | $60 monthly
Need Based Scholarships
All children should be able to explore and learn from the natural world. Limited scholarship spaces are available for families demonstrating financial need. Currently, scholarships cover 50- 100% of costs for the school year, based on need. We hope to award two scholarships.
MD EXCELS Scholarships
As a licensed child care provider participanting in the Maryland EXCELS program, we are eligible to accept Child Care Scholarship vouchers through the state of Maryland. More Information can be found by following the link below.
Nature Preschool in the News
Nature Preschool Featured on
See our little naturalists in action as they investigate the cicada life cycle and create nature inspired art! From “Outdoors Maryland” episode 3302 (coverage starts at 7:15)
As Featured in The Baltimore Sun
“When Annabel is outside for long periods of time, she behaves better; she listens better; she’s happier; and she sleeps better.” said Jones, of Crofton, who also believes the program is doing a good job preparing Annabel for kindergarten.
“We’re not a traditional school, but we’re adding and subtracting and chanting our ABCs through the forest,” said Caylor, noting that students write their letters outside in chalk, do math with various items like pine cones and science projects in the stream and elsewhere.
Contact the Director
Jessica Caylor joined the Howard County Conservancy as the Nature Preschool Director in January 2021. She previously served as a forest school teacher and has spent the last ten years in the world of early childhood education. Jess’ degree in Geography and Environmental Studies combined with her years of experience as a preschool teacher make Nature Preschool the perfect niche. This program offers a unique environment for children to grow and blossom, while deeply connecting with the natural world.