Toddler Forest School at Cumming Nature Center

Toddler Forest School at Cumming Nature Center

For ages infant to 4 years old | Fridays

Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature. Toddler Forest School provides parents and children (ages 0-4) with a safe space to nurture their relationship with nature through unstructured play and curiosity-driven learning. The toddler program prepares students and their families for the adventures awaiting in the longer day of regular forest school.

Instructors invite participating families to observe the small miracles occurring around us every day. Outdoor play allows the children to honor their strong developmental need to jump, twist, tug, pull, balance, roll, run, climb, dig, sort, build, weave and create. This play also develops fine and gross motor skills, executive function, spatial awareness, balance, coordination, kindness, and empathy. Forest school teaches students to be resilient, self-reliant and confidently inquisitive.


For information on weekly outdoor programs for ages 4-12 or 13-15, please see below:

Forest School (ages 4-12)

Field Studies Program (ages 13-15)


Register for Toddler Forest School

Fridays, September 10 to December 17
Cost: $230 per child

MORNING SESSION (10:15AM - 12:15PM) - SOLD OUT

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15PM - 3:15PM)


Scholarships are available!    

Email this completed Scholarship Application form to Member and Visitor Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. **If you are submitting a scholarship application, you do not need to sign up via the registration links above. Your scholarship application will hold your spot once received.**


About the Cumming Nature Center

Cumming Nature Center is a dynamic, 900-acre environmental education facility that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through experiential learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits. Educational programming at CNC explores the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. These programs are designed to inspire innovative and creative thinking among participants and provide them with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to take action in the face of local, regional and global challenges.



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