Register for Little Hawks Discovery Preschool

(Links to specific sessions will become live when open registration begins in January 2018)

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool is a nature-based preschool operated by the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG). The mission of the Little Hawks Discovery Preschool is to provide a quality early childhood experience that prepares young children to be active, independent learners who will have a lifelong connection to the natural world.

A significant portion of each preschool session is spent outdoors, in all weather.  Our facility includes world-class nature playscapes, three classrooms designed for nature-based learning, and access to the ODCMG’s 155-acre nature preserve. Our daily routine includes outdoor play, group meeting, hike, small groups, snack, indoor play and music. Learning is active, child-centered and play-based – perfectly suited for the developing preschool brain!

We believe Little Hawks Discovery Preschool offers a unique preschool experience that has benefits for all children and prepares them for school and for life.

Eligibility for Little Hawks Discovery Preschool is determined by the child’s age on September 1st in the year of enrollment. The program year runs from mid September to mid May.

nature-based preschool

Click on the link for the session you wish to register for (opened on January 16, 2018).

Preschool Experiences: 2018/19 Preschool Sessions

Tuesday/Thursday mornings for 3-year-olds – (session filled/ waitlist only)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings for 3-year-olds – (session filled/ waitlist only)

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday afternoons for 3- and 4-year-olds – (session filled/ waitlist only)

(3’s born between September 2, 2014 and March 31, 2015)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings for 4-year-olds (session filled/waitlist only)

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday afternoons for 4-year-olds (session filled/waitlist only)

Monday-Thursday mornings for 4-year-olds (session filled/waitlist only)

Monday-Thursday afternoons for 4-year-olds (session filled/waitlist only)

Little Hawks Experience:

Little Hawks Experience

is designed to be an introductory or supplemental preschool experience for 3- and 4-year-olds.

  • This one day a week experience will meet every Thursday afternoon from 1-3PM in 2018/19.
  • Registration is for a full year (Mid September to mid May). Registration is completed through the Little Hawks online registration site.
  • Each session will include unstructured outdoor play, group meeting/nature lesson, hike, snack and/or craft activity.
  • Led by ODC naturalists and Little Hawks team members.