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Nature Pre-K

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Saint Paul Public Schools Nature Discovery Pre-Kindergarten offers morning or afternoon Pre-K class with extended day and afterschool childcare options through Discovery Club (DC), allowing parents an opportunity for full-day, extended educational programming for their children. Nature Discovery Pre-K is open to children that turn 4 years old by September 1, 2023. 

We provide licensed teachers and curriculum that focuses on learning in a nature-based setting as well as bringing nature into the classroom. This program will run on the Saint Paul Public Schools calendar which can be found here. Nature Discovery Pre-K runs from September 7, 2023 through June 10, 2024.

Registration is now open for the 2023-2024 school year. Registration is submitted online by clicking here. Space is limited. Enrollment will be first come, first served. Enrollment minimum is 5 days per week. No part-time enrollment offered.

Registration for AM extended day is closed.

Registration for the 1/2 day Nature Discovery Pre-K class is separate from Discovery Club (extended day/afterschool childcare). Please note both registrations will require a payment method to be added at the time the contracts are submitted. However, a 2nd registration fee will not be charged for DC childcare. The $30 registration fee will be charged for the Nature Discovery Pre-K only.

Links to the separate registrations can be found below.


Saint Anthony Park Elementary School
2180 Knapp Street, Saint Paul, MN 55108


CLICK HERE for an interactive PDF chart with registration links.

Nature Pre-K Options Table Fall 2023


Nature Pre-K Registration
Discovery Club Registration


Financial assistance may be available to qualifying families for the 1/2 day Pre-K class only. Contact for more information.

Discovery Club childcare does not offer a sliding scale. Assistance may be available to qualifying families attending Discovery Club through the county childcare assistance program 651-266-4444. Please Note: Discovery Club does not qualify for the Pathway 1 Early Learning Scholarship.

Meet Our Staff

Ann Griffin


Hello Families and Welcome to Nature PreK!

I am so excited to begin learning in nature this fall. I have taught in SPPS for many years in kindergarten and first grade. I love seeing children's curiosity as they explore and learn through play.

When not teaching, I love being outside, reading and talking about books, and spending time with family and friends.

Ann Griffin


Questions? Contact

Or call: 651-325-2521

"When children spend time outside, they explore science topics using curiosity, creativity and wondering, becoming better problem solvers and critical thinkers."  - Minnesota Department of Education