Haadaa Héeni

Haadaa Héeni

A Forest Kindergarten Program for Children Aged 3-6

Haadaa Héeni (Lingít, meaning “water all around us”) encourages wonder in the natural world and invites children to enter the forest using all of their senses. We follow a Forest Kindergarten model and spend all of our time outside playing, exploring, discovering, and learning together in a very special forest environment. We will use music, science, stories, art, and full-body learning. Children will have constant practice in how to trust themselves, how to be in a relationship with others, and how to explore the natural world. 

The program runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am-12:00 pm, and we will meet at Discovery Southeast’s property on the corner of Mendenhall Back Loop Rd and River Rd in the valley.

*This registration page is for month-long school year programs.  To register for our week-long summer preschool options, also called Haadaa Héeni, please visit our Outdoor Explorers summer camp page.

Registration Guidelines:

  • Children must be between 3-6 years old, potty trained, and willing to separate from the parent at drop-off.
  • Sessions are month-long.
  • Parents will be invited to stay with their child for 30 min on the first day and then will be expected to leave their child with our experienced naturalist teachers.
  • Regular tuition is $35/day and is calculated by how many program days we have in a month. For example, February has 9 program days @ $35/day for a month-long program price of $315.  If that isn’t appropriate for your family, you can name your own price.
  • After registering you’ll need to complete our Participant Agreement, which is linked below.

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Description

Haadaa Héeni

A Forest Kindergarten Program for Children Aged 3-6

Each day will find us following our interests in different ways as the seasons unfurl and children discover new things. Our days in the forest follow a predictable routine that begins with a welcome song, a short walk, rhythm practice at the drumming tree, forest kitchen and pretend play, snack and forest tea, storytime, free play and/or fire and ends with a hike back to the big shelter to meet the parents. 

The naturalists are deeply invested in being aware and present for students as they move through the learning of the day. We have pockets full of songs and games, activities and art, and all sorts of ideas. We find that the best kind of learning and playing comes from expanding on something the children are already excitedly exploring. Students will leave each day knowing something that they would like to share with their loved ones once they reach home.

Sessions are one-month long and run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am-12:00 pm. We will meet Discovery Southeast’s property on the corner of Mendenhall Back Loop Rd and River Rd. We can’t wait to explore with your child!

What should my child bring?
  • In a daypack: Please pack a nutritious snack, water in a sturdy bottle, and a second set of required clothing in a waterproof bag – see parent handbook for more details.
  • Required clothing for the weather (see the parent handbook). *If these are hard to come by, just let us know; we may have clothing to loan or give.
What about the bathroom?

We ask that your child use the bathroom before they arrive. There are outhouses on site.

How does tuition work?

Regular tuition is $35/day and is calculated by how many program days we have in a month. For example, February has 9 program days @ $35/day for a month-long program price of $315.

However, we proudly offer sliding-scale tuition.  If full tuition is not appropriate for your family right now, simply enter the amount you’d like to pay, per child.

Is there transportation?

This year families are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child at the site.

If getting to or from the daily drop-off location is a challenge for your family, please reach out to us by emailing education@discoverysoutheast.org.

Will I ever get off the waitlist?

Yes. As soon as a slot becomes open we will contact the next child on the waitlist.  If a session is full, please sign up on the waitlist, and there’s a good chance we can make it happen.

What’s the paperwork?

After registering we have some important paperwork that includes Medical Information, Risk Acknowledgement, and Legal Waivers.  It’s all contained in our online Participant Agreement , which needs to be completed well before the program starts.

(If you’d like to preview the form, you’re welcome to download a review pdf of the Participant Agreement)

Registration is voluntary, so if you don’t agree with the terms there, please don’t register, and instead let us know at info@discoverysoutheast.org.

Can I cancel?
  • If you cancel more than 2 days in advance, there’s a $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel 2 or fewer days in advance, a refund is only possible if we can fill your spot, and if so there’s still the $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you don’t submit a completed Participant Agreement within 2 days of the camp, or if a child is not allowed to participate due to behavior reasons, that is considered a cancellation 2 or fewer days in advance.
What’s expected of my child?

Children are expected to follow directions from the adult leaders in order to keep them and the group safe. Any participants unable to follow safety directions may be asked to be picked up, stay home the next day, or not return.

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