Wild Earth Preschool, a new educational program of the Dallas Zoo, opened for the 2018-2019 school year as a full-day nature preschool and licensed child care center for children ages 3 to 5 years.
Children engage daily in nature play, visits to the zoo, mindfulness exercises, and an emergent curriculum that supports whole-child development and school readiness.
Wild Earth Preschool believes that connecting young children to animals and nature improves the outlook both for the child and for the future of the natural world. Young children who are immersed in a sensoryrich, nature-rich, authentic, and dynamic environment benefit in the areas of cognition, physical skills, social skills, and emotional intelligence. When children grow up connected to nature, they are likely to continue to inquire, explore, and protect it. The Wild Earth Preschool is guided by the tenets of high quality early childhood education and environmental education, and is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach.