Preschool & Early Learners

Programs For Early Learners

Unique opportunities for early learners to explore and be inspired by nature.

Polliwog Preschool

A play-based school year program for early learners ages 3-5 that focuses on developing the whole child while inspiring a love of nature and learning.

Tadpole Tots

This special series allows you to explore the Mercer Slough Nature Park with your child.

Programs For Preschool Educators

Preschool Prowl

Join us for a sensory adventure through the wetlands.

September-October and April-June, we will hike the boardwalk trail out to Mercer Slough channel from the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm (2380 Bellevue Way SE). November-March, join us at the Bellefields Trailhead (1905 118th AVE SE) for a hike down through the forest to the wetland. Spot wildlife, get up close and personal with Spy Scopes, test your senses during "dozen touches" and hunt for colors of the rainbow. We also offer a Preschool Prowl Outreach program where we bring a nature program to your facility.

  • Ages: 3-5
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • One adult participant must accompany each group of five preschoolers.
Preschool Seekers

Discover what kinds of creatures live around the wetland as you descend from a forest to the Mercer Slough pond. Use nets and special tools to meet the baby insects and other creatures that start their lives under the waters of our pond. Act out the travels of wetland creatures and the life cycle of a dragonfly. Spend half your time on the trail near our Education Center and the other half investigating water samples in the lab.

  • Ages: 3-5
  • Length: 2.5 hours with break for lunch or snack
  • One adult participant must accompany each group of five preschoolers.

For more information and to register, call (206) 443-2925.