Nature-Based Preschool

The Anne Springs Close Greenway Nature-Based Preschool fulfills the mission to connect people with nature in various ways by developing a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature in our youngest community members.

Our half-day preschool program prepares your preschooler for kindergarten while having a positive impact on your child's emotional, mental, physical and social development.

The Anne Springs Close Greenway Nature-Based Preschool follows North American Association for Environmental Education (NAEE) Guidelines for Excellence. Both indoor and outdoor experiences are incorporated into the day with a strong emphasis on outdoor exploration.

Decades of research shows that spending time in nature has the following benefits on children:

  • Improved fitness and motor skill
  • Supports exploration, discovery and creativity
  • Enhances critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Inspires collaboration
  • Reduces stress, anger and aggression
  • Creates feelings of empathy
  • Supports whole-child development

What Our Parents Are Saying:

Our son has flourished at the Anne Springs Close Greenway's nature-based preschool. Every day he comes home vibrant, happy, and with tons of excitement from his day. He is learning to engage with nature, socialize with friends, and has gained both academic and social confidence to prepare him to enter kindergarten next fall.  -Claire S.

We could not have made a better choice for our daughter. The outdoor program has improved her confidence and independence. She is more curious, more aware of her surroundings, and so excited to get up each day and go to school. With all of the overly structured settings our children will be thrust through for the rest of their lives, the gift of this program of learning through nature is something we wish we'd had the opportunity to provide our older children. It really is as wonderful as you would imagine it to be. - Jennifer S.


Spots for the 2020-2021 school year are full. Please register for the waitlist if you are interested in our program.

Location: Greenway Nature Center  -  2375 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 12:30pm

Class Ratio: 8:1 with maximum of 20 students enrolled

Ages: 4 - 5 years old, must be potty-trained

Fees: $125 non-refundable registration | $99.25/week - Greenway members receive 10% discount

For more information about the Anne Springs Close Greenway Nature-Based Preschool, please contact Lindsey Arnautovic  at 803.547.1078.

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Kids exploring nature at outdoor preschool