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Playful Nature Explorers

Playful Nature Explorers ‘23-’24 is currently fully enrolled and we have a long waitlist. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please fill out our registration form below.

Registration Form

Scholarship Form

Please contact with any questions.

2023-2024 Program Information

September 11, 2023- June 20, 2024
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 12:00pm

4-day schedules strongly encouraged and prioritized. 3-day and 2-day schedules may be available.

We follow the Ithaca City School District calendar for holidays and breaks.


4 days per week: $550/month
3 days: $470/month
2 days: $360/month

Free lunch eligibility = 40% scholarship
Reduced lunch eligibility = 30% scholarship

Additional scholarship options available. Personal circumstances are taken into consideration. If you are interested in a need-based scholarship, please fill out our scholarship application on or after April 19th.

Enrollment Process

  1. Determine which days you would like to enroll. Reach out with any questions ( or 607-319-4203). 4-day schedules are prioritized.
  2. Complete the registration form and scholarship request form, if applicable. Because registration is first-come first-serve, we strongly encourage registering first.
  3. ICG will review your registration form, requested schedule, and scholarship information and then reach out to confirm availability or your place on the waitlist.
  4. If space is available in the program, we will reach out to confirm your continued interest and collect additional information/payment.

We are following Tompkins County Health Department and Ithaca City School District guidelines for COVID-19

Complete program information for the ’22-’23 school year can be found in the Parent Handbook (pdf). This document does not reflect the tuition or other possible changes for the ’23-’24 school year.

ICG’s Playful Nature Explorers is for children ages 2.5-5. Our research-based preschool program follows the rhythm of the seasons, the interest of the children, and centers play each and every day. Playful Nature staff are experts in early child development and know how to support the child as an individual and foster the community of young learners as a whole. Children build social and emotional skills, confidence, resiliency, and develop a positive relationship with the natural world.

Check out our parent handbook or FAQs to learn more!

Ithaca Children’s Garden welcomes ALL

Ithaca Children’s Garden welcomes all members of our community to participate in all programs and activities offered by Ithaca Children’s Garden regardless of ability. We encourage all members and volunteers of Ithaca Children’s Garden to support an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone. Learn more about ICG’s Inclusion Policy and/or submit an accommodations request here.

Learn more about ICG's Inclusion Policy