Farm and Nature Preschool

Farm & Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park

Is your family interested in a 9-month nature-based preschool program for your child? Will your child be at least 3 ½ and fully potty-trained by the beginning of the school year?

If yes, then the Farm & Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park may be the perfect fit for you!

The mission of The Farm & Nature Preschool is to provide a nature and play-based experiential learning environment to help foster a sustainable culture in our community. Located in the unique setting of a working farm and forested park, our preschool program supports the learning and development of our students mentally, emotionally, physically and socially. Through time spent outdoors in nature as well as through free play and group time in our preschool cottage, we work to provide all children with the opportunity to learn about what interests them in ways that are effective and meaningful.

Our preschool’s curriculum is grounded in the philosophies of learning through play, emergent curriculum, and discovery. In addition to play-based, experiential learning, our curriculum includes science, math, language, visual arts, music, movement and environmental education. These are coordinated into theme-based units which follow the natural cycles of change on our farm and in our forest, stream and meadow. Through our program, children gain independence and self-esteem as they are encouraged by caring and experienced teachers to be active participants in their own learning.

Sports may become available during the school year.  If a class is full, click the link below the class to add your child to the wait list.

2017-2018 Class Information

Creative Play (3½ to 4½ year-olds) - OPENINGS AVAILABLE!
Through songs, stories and role playing, your Preschooler will be introduced to the amazing animals, plants and habitats of the Pacific Northwest. Offering a gentle introduction to the world of school, Creative Play is the perfect first preschool class for your young one with our lowest student to teacher ratio, a very open curriculum and a two mornings per week schedule. In the homey setting of our preschool cottage, your Preschooler will experience all of the classic preschool activities of circle time, snack time, free play and arts and crafts. We also spend time outside in the meadows, forest and farm of Farrel-McWhirter Park. Your Preschooler will spend about half of each school day playing, exploring and learning about nature through inquiry based, hands-on activities!
Tuesdays/Thursdays    Sep 5-May 31    9-11:30am    
Fee: $321R/$385NR
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Preschool Adventures (3½ to 5 year-olds) - FULL
If your Preschooler is ready for adventures in nature three mornings a week, Preschool Adventures is the perfect class for them! Preschool Adventures is our mixed-age class and welcomes students who are both one and two years away from Kindergarten, creating a rich classroom environment with opportunities for students to mentor and learn from each other. The additional school day offers more opportunities to explore math, language and science concepts as students are encouraged to ask and answer questions about the world around them. Our daily outdoor adventures in nature and on the farm are opportunities for your preschooler to gain experience, confidence and self-esteem. Through individual and group activities in our cottage classroom, our students learn the personal and social skills that are the foundation of future school success.
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays    Sep 6-May 30    9-11:30am    
Fee: $363R/$435NR
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Pre-K Discoveries (4 to 5 year-olds) - FULL
This is our Pre-Kindergarten class with a longer school day and added opportunities for exploring science, math and language arts through the lens of nature. In addition to cornerstone preschool activities like circle time, songs and stories, Pre-K Discoveries students explore academic subjects and scientific thinking as a means to enrich their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. As with all our classes, we seek to support the learning and development of our students cognitively, emotionally, physically and socially. This class shares the half indoor, half outdoor model of all of our classes. Pre-K Discoveries students spend lots of time playing, exploring and learning outdoors every day in the forests and meadows of our unique park setting.
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays    Sep 5-May 31    12:30-3:30pm    
Fee: $435R/$522NR
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Open Houses for the 2018-2019 School Year
The Farm & Nature Preschool will be hosting two Open Houses at Farrel-McWhirter Park in the Preschool Cottage (McWhirter House) for the 2018-2019 School Year. Come meet and mingle with our Preschool Teachers and tour our indoor space. Children are welcome to attend. No registration is required.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 11am to 2pm
Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 11am to 2pm

Registration Information for New Families for the 2018-2019 School Year
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will open ONLINE ONLY on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM. A non-refundable Enrollment Fee of one full month’s tuition is required to secure your child’s spot at the Farm & Nature Preschool for the upcoming school year. If you stay for the duration of the 2018-2019 school year, this amount will be applied to the final month of the school year. Our program runs for 9 months, and all students must be 3 1/2 and potty trained prior to the first day of school. For more details please visit Nature Vision

Withdrawal Policy

The Enrollment Fee to hold your child’s place for the upcoming school year is non-refundable. If you choose to withdraw your child from the program after the school year has started, please notify the Program Administrator at in writing at least 45 calendar days prior to the last month your child will attend. Requests made with less than 45 days’ notice will be charged for the full amount of the following month.

Contact Us

If you have general questions about the preschool registration, please contact the City of Redmond Recreation Office at 425-556-2300.

To speak with Becky Pittman, Preschool Director, please e-mail

To speak with Ginny Ballard, Executive Director of Nature Vision about the preschool, please email or call 425-836-2697

Farrel McWhirter Preschool
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Program Site
Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park
(Farm & Nature Park)

Contact Us
Farrel-McWhirter Preschool
If you have general questions
about the preschool, please
contact the Recreation Office
at 425-556-2300.

Current Information
For the most current information, please check out our Activity Guide or visit Nature Vision at

If you would like to speak with the Preschool Director, please contact Becky Pittman at

If you would like to speak with the Program Administrator for the preschool, contact Cindy Johnson at
or call 425-556-2393.