Woolly Bears and Chickadees are outdoor preschool age programs in Goleta and Santa Barbara. Children connect with nature through play, curiosity and awareness. Developmentally appropriate routines include gratitude circles, games, and songs— all mirroring the patterns of surrounding nature.
By experiencing seasonal transitions outdoors, children have the opportunity to cultivate a heightened awareness of the subtleties of nature. They direct their own learning by investigating curiosity and ultimately can experience a deep sense of place. These opportunities for growth provide a foundation for physical, emotional, and social intelligence that lasts a lifetime.
AGES: 2.5-5 years
DAYS AND TIME: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-1 pm (enroll for 2-4 days a week*)
DATES: January 6 to May 28 2020 (Spring Semester)
LOCATION: Tucker’s Grove at Kiwanis Meadow
INSTRUCTORS: Lead: Kelly Villarruel, Support: Jackie Correa
PRICING: Register for 3-4 days for a discounted rate! WYP offers flexible payment plans to any family.
All families are required to make a $100 deposit upon registration.
SEPT 2019 – JUNE 2020 Program is FULL with a waitlist
Enrollment for Fall 2020 is currently filling per the established waitlist. If you are interested in the 2020-2021 School Year, please join the waitlist via the process detailed on the right.
Applications for 3 or 4 day enrollment are given priority. All other applications are accommodated according to space available.
Please direct all questions regarding enrollment, availability, or scheduling visits to gro.pyw@rartsiger.
Fall 2019 Semester: August 26-December 19
Spring 2020 Semester: January 6- May 28
Waitlist & Enrollment Process
1. The first step is to join the waitlist here:
2. Once your waitlist registration is received, it is reviewed by the registrar. If a spot becomes available, the registrar will send you an email and a visit to Woolly Bears is scheduled.
3. A child’s space in Woolly Bears is held once the $100 enrollment fee has been received via our online registration system.
Chickadees is a one (maybe 2) day/week drop-off enrichment program for children to spend more time in nature. This is a great choice for families who perhaps already have their children enrolled in a preschool setting. While there is a set and strong rhythm of the day, there are opportunities for new and different themes of play from week to week.