Toddler and Pre-School

About Our Early Childhood Education Classes

Arboretum Sprouts: 1 and 2 year old children with a caregiver
Turtle Tots: 3 to 5 year old children (drop off) 

Our early childhood education programs are weekly classes where your youngest learners can explore the natural world through stories, songs, hikes and hands-on learning.  Join us at the Arboretum and allow your child’s sense of wonder room to grow.

Winter Turtle Tots

January 10th -March 28th


Turtle Tots is a weekly class where your preschooler will discover nature through guided discussions, nature walks, and hands-on learning.  Your child will be introduced to topics such as: hibernation, winter birds, snow and even have a chance to build a special friend (conditons permitting).  For all classes, please bring a healthy snack.  Children must be 3 years old by January 1st and be able to use the bathroom alone.  Pre-registration, membership and health forms required.

No Classes: February 21 and February 24

Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 pm

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm

Fridays 12:00- 2:30pm

Afternoon classes, please pack a lunch.  Children must be 3 years old by September 1st and be able to use the bathroom alone.  Pre-Registration, Membership, and Health Forms are required.

Please note:  Only families who are Arboretum Members can participate in this program.

Arboretum Sprouts

January 12th- March 30th, 2017
Thursdays: 10:00 am to 11:00 am

noor-and-ian_sproutsA fun morning out together every Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 am with simple stories, songs, games, and crafts following seasonal nature themes. Weather permitting, each session will end with a short hike outside.

Children must be 1 year old by December 30th 2016 and accompanied by a caregiver.

No Class: February 23

Pre-registration, and Membership Required

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Please note:  Only families who are Current Arboretum Members can participate in this program.

Health Forms

If your child is participating in any of our weekly classes (Turtle Tots or After school Clubs) or camps, please be sure to have a health form completed and given to us by the first class. This ensures the health and safety of all of our participants!

You can download the health form here:  Camper_Health_and_Emergency_Form.pdf

Parent/Guardian Handbook

Please read through our Parent/Guardian handbook for useful information about Arboretum program rules and procedures. All program participants need to sign and return the agreement (found on the last page) two weeks before the start of a camp and/or Arboretum program. You can download the Parent/Guardian Handbook here: Parent Handbook 2016

Cancellation Policy

Registrations are accepted in the order they are received. All cancellation requests must be made in writing. Cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. Refunds will be made except for a $50 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations made after the program begins will require a doctor’s note for a refund minus the non-refundable deposit. All returned checks received will be charged an additional $50 fee deduction for bank charges. CHA has the right to cancel any program and CHA will refund the full amount that was paid.


Please contact us at 973-376-3587 or for more information.