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Muddy Hands Academy: SPRING 2022

March 30, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

New Jersey Audubon’s Muddy Hands Academy – utilizing a Nature Preschool model. A great choice for your 3-6 year olds! * NO COST TO APPLY! *

Looking for a way to add nature learning to your little one’s week? Join New Jersey Audubon Staff as we use local phenomena to explore the world around us. Children will spend their time outdoors on the Lorrimer Sanctuary property bouncing between hands-on, inquiry-based activities and free-play to help them develop their own understanding of the natural world. We will use Nature as a guide during this twice weekly program over a period of eight weeks.

Lessons will include activities focused on natural history topics, a story and craft, age-appropriate risk taking, all with attention to mindfulness and fun.

Children must be a minimum of 3 to enroll and cannot be older than 6 years old to participate. All children in Muddy Hands Academy must be potty-trained and bathroom independent.

The Muddy Hands Academy utilizes a Nature Preschool model with children spending as much time as possible outdoors. Children should be prepared for the weather including wet and muddy conditions. Class sizes are limited to 5 children per session.

New Jersey Audubon’s Lorrimer Sanctuary is not a licensed childcare center.

COST: For entire 8-week program, 2 days a week (Wednesday and Friday) from 9 am to 12 noon.

$960 for New Jersey Audubon Members

$1000 for New Jersey Audubon Non-Members


YOUR EDUCATOR: Mary Birrer has taught Environmental Education curriculum in nature centers throughout New Jersey, and most recently ran Lorrimer Sanctuary’s Summer Camp experience.

DAYS: Wednesdays and Fridays, from March 30th – May 20th, 2022

TIME: 9:00am-12:00pm.

NEW JERSEY AUDUBON’S PROGRAM GUIDELINES: All NJ counties are considered medium to low COVID-19 community levels.  New Jersey Audubon highly recommends that anyone who is not fully vaccinated, wants additional protection, or comes from a higher community level area should consider wearing a mask and social distancing, especially indoors.  Please do not come to a program if you are sick, have a sick family member or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

CANCELLATION: NJ Audubon’s programs require a minimum number of registrants to run. If we cancel, due to lack of participation, severe weather, or unforeseen circumstances, all participants will be notified as soon as possible and are eligible for a full refund. Participants may cancel without penalty if greater than 48 hours in advance. Sorry, no refund for cancellations less than 48 hours in advance unless due to health emergencies; however, registrations can be transferred to another program in the future.


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March 30, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Lorrimer Sanctuary
790 Ewing Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 United States
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