Magnolia Nature School

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Magnolia Nature School Overview

Alabama’s premiere nature-based preschool.

Since 2014.

  • Our mission is to provide a kindergarten readiness program allowing children to explore the natural world thereby creating good stewards of God’s earth.

Magnolia Nature School is host to Alabama's premier nature preschool and a wonderful place to grow, learn, and to become kindergarten-ready. Children ages 3-5 explore the farm, forest, and streams of wonderful, wonderful Camp McDowell. Through hands-on experience and inquiry-based learning, we create future stewards of the earth.

Our nature school is unique in that we partner with Head Start to serve our local community.

We provide a diverse program that connects students to the land and their food. We provide interactions with native wildlife that instills respect for all living things and creatures. Our students also experience art and music through coordination with the Alabama Folk School. The children of Magnolia flourish in a program that provides unique settings and experiences not found in a traditional school classroom.

"Issac is my third child to attend nature school. He loves it. I love it too. He's getting kindergarten prepared while outside with nature. I also love it that they have a barn with farm animals to visit, it's the best. Who else has a barn as part of their classroom?!!" - Bethany McNiese, Parent

"It's nature's way of teaching our children." - Melissa Benge, Parent