Dates | Cancelled for fall 2020

We want to come alongside the schools by providing an outdoor education experience that engages a child on all levels. Come on a nature hike, hayride, a story told around a campfire, and make a fun fall craft all in one place. We call this experience Pre-K Days at Manitoqua.

Event Info

  • Time | 9:30am to 1:00pm
  • RSVP | required by September 27 by calling our office at 815.469.2319.
  • Price | $6.00 per child. Adults within ratio free. Adults over ratio half price. We ask that classes have one adult per six students for this event.

**Parents, if you would like to recommend your child come to this program, please contact your child's teacher/principal to work on getting your child's class to participate.

What to Expect

Attention teachers: Have your preschooler’s class attend this educational (yet fun) day for preschool groups. This will be a hands-on learning experience.

Native Animal Hike*

Journey through our trails to meet native animal puppets and learn about their behaviors, habitats, and importance in our world.

Camp Fire Stories and Hot Chocolate

Enjoy a warm fire and cup of hot chocolate as you and your students listen to classic fall tales.

Kid-Sized Candyland

Students will have the opportunity to play our Kid-Sized Candyland visiting familiar places like Gum Drop Mountain and Candy Cane Forest for a sweet treat. 

Leaf Craft Area*

On their hike, your class will be able to gather various oak and maple leaves to create a unique nature craft and put together a leaf journal.

Pumpkin Invention Center

Students will have an opportunity to choose a pumpkin to decorate and take home

*Leaf Collection and Craft along with the Native Animal Hike include Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards.