Outdoor Preschool Age Programs

Early Childhood With WYP

Meet our two outdoor preschool programs for early childhood: Woolly Bears & Chickadees

WYP Early Childhood Seasons

  • Friday Chickadees Fall I Season: August 28th- October 20th, 2023
  • Woolly Bears Fall Semester: August 29 - December 15, 2023 (No Programs: Labor Day and Thanksgiving week)
  • Woolly Bears Spring Semester: January 8 - June 6, 2024 (No Programs: March 25-29 & May 27)

Woolly Bears and Chickadees are outdoor preschool programs during the school year in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. 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.

Current Openings

Login to your account or create an account to join our waitlist and then email ertvfgene@jlc.bet with the weekly days you would like to attend.

  • Woolly Bears (Carpinteria): Full; waitlist only
  • Woolly Bears (Goleta): Full; waitlist only
  • Friday Chickadees (Goleta): 2 Open Spots, 2 Female Spots
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Chickadees 3-5 1 day/week nature enrichment program Learn More
Woolly Bears (Goleta) 2.5-5 2-4 days/week outdoor preschool program Learn More
Woolly Bears (Carpinteria) 3-5 2-4 days/week outdoor preschool program Learn More

Woolly Bears (Goleta)

Ages: 2.5-5
Meets Monday-Thursday, must attend at least 2 days
9AM - 1PM
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Woolly Bears (Carpinteria)

Ages: 3-5
Meets Tuesday-Friday, must attend at least 2 days
9AM - 1PM
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Ages: 3-5
Preschool age program: meets at one location
9AM - 1PM
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Adventure, Learning, Play, Joy and time in Nature are waiting for you. Our professional mentors believe in helping kids play and grow while gaining new skills. Sign up for WYP and support your preschool age child in growing smarter, healthier and happier.