Outdoor Preschool Age Programs

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.

Woolly Bears

Outdoor preschool
Woolly Bears is a nature immersion program because the group is together in the same location multiple days per week. In Woolly Bears, your child has the opportunity to continue a project or theme of play that they started the day before in a seamless manner. There is a strong continuity from day to day, week to week.
In this program, there are also opportunities for parents to participate if they choose; perhaps by coming out for a day occasionally, committing to one day/week as a volunteer, coordinating regular family potluck gatherings, and an annual campout at the Santa Ynez River.

AGES: 2.5-5 years

DAYS AND TIME: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-1 pm (enroll for 2-4 days a week*)

DATES: August 26 to December 19 2019 (Fall Semester)

January 6 to May 28 2020 (Spring Semester)

LOCATION: Tucker’s Grove at Kiwanis Meadow

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Kelly Villarruel Support Staff: 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.

Semester 1
4 days/week: 16 weeks: $3,520
3 days/week: 16 weeks: $2,760
2 days/week: 16 weeks: $1,980
Semester 2:
4 days/week: 20 weeks: $4,400
3 days/ week: 20 weeks: $3,450
2 days/ week: 20 weeks: $2,480

SEPT 2019 – JUNE 2020 Program is FULL with a waitlist

Enrollment for Fall 2020 will open in February 2020.  Early application is advised to allow time to schedule a visit.

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 registrar@wyp.org.

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.

AGES: 3-5 years

DAYS AND TIME: One day per week. 9 AM – 1 PM

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 

DATES AND PRICING: See our current schedule 



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