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Outdoor Play Spaces

Children were not born to walk. They were born to run-barefoot, over rocks, through the water, through the mud. We need to give greater recognition to the energy and joy of children.

Bev Boss
Author/ Early Childhood Educator



painting8Our teachers consider our outdoor environment to be an additional classroom space. They create opportunities for children to use their whole body to explore, cooperate and  move in spaces where they  are not limited by  noise or space constraints.   As in our indoor classrooms, there are always centers prepared with emergent learning in mind. Children are given the tools and the time to enjoy relaxing spaces to read and chat, blocks to build big structures, and water to splash and make mud in the sand areas.

St. Mary’s Preschool offers a 6,000 sq. ft. Natural Playground featuring a dry river bed, native California plants, and a raised garden bed.  The large climbing structure is surrounded by a busy bike trail, with a variety of opportunities to develop large motor skills and build confidence with new physical challenges.




Each Classroom features a  connected outdoor classroom space. The “Bunny/Chicken Garden”, adjoined to our Three Year Old Classroom,  is the home of “Snowball” our beloved Bunny and our chickens Adrian and Shelia.

This garden space has a unique backyard feeling which immediately our little ones at ease and in touch with nature.  It is prepared each day with water table activities, easel art, and gardening tools for digging and discovery.