School Programs

Our Nature Schools

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Kindergarten—Second Grade Nature School 

All sessions are now full. Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please email Tisha at to be placed on our waiting list. 

3-Day Kindergarten Session (Tuesday-Thursday)—FULL

4-Day 1st and 2nd Grade Session (Monday-Thursday)—FULL

Please click here to read the Parent Handbook for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Ohio Parents have the option of removing their children from public school and facilitating their schooling at home or elsewhere.  In the pandemic age, micro-schools or “learning pods” have popped up, appealing to families who want a small, personalized experience for their children.  A “learning pod” is a small group of children who meet regularly and are taught a chosen curriculum by an experienced teacher. 

The Cincinnati Nature Center is now offering this alternative for children in Kindergarten through second grade. Children are enrolled in their own district as a homeschooler and attend the Nature School program for the majority of their education, with parents supplementing at home. 

Learning experiences at the Nature Center include Montessori-inspired math and language works in the morning and experiential science and cultural lessons outside in the afternoon. For parents who want an alternative to public school, our program is the answer for increased social interaction, outdoor time, and robust learning. 

Children must be 5 years old by August 1, 2022 to qualify.  Kindergarteners attend Tuesday-Thursday (3 days/week); first and second graders attend Monday-Thursday (4 days/week).


About our Lead Teacher

Erin Phillips received a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Italian from Haverford College in Philadelphia in 2006. She completed her M.Ed. at Xavier University in Cincinnati in 2010. As part of this program, she received her Master’s degree, Ohio state licensure and American Montessori Society credentials. She has ten years teaching and mentoring experience.  Erin has spent much of her career in small Montessori schools here in Cincinnati, where she has always worked to integrate her personal love of nature and the seasons into her classrooms.  Along with her work directly with children, Erin taught at Xavier for several years, mentoring and supervising student teachers, helping to grow the next generation of educators.  She continues this work by inviting interns into her classroom to learn and work with students.  Erin is a wife and stepmother to three boys.  Her family lives on a farm in Batavia, where they raise chickens, ducks, and guinea fowl, and grow much of their own food.

More Information

Click here for the K-2 School Information Sheet.

For more information, please contact Tisha Luthy, Nature School Director, at or 513-965-3340.

Please note: registration and participation in this program requires a current family membership or above.