Little Acorns Nature Preschool

The mission of the Dahlem Little Acorns Nature Preschool is to provide an environment for children to explore, create, imagine, learn and grow through hands-on activities and experiences; to promote social, emotional and cognitive skills; and to instill a lifelong love, respect and understanding of nature.


At Dahlem we believe every child should have the opportunity to enjoy nature and that children are eager and excited to learn by doing. The Little Acorns program promotes learning by:

  • Establishing a learning environment that provides opportunity for exploration, experimentation and imagination;
  • Developing age-appropriate activities that encourage and promote learning;
  • Asking questions and providing the knowledge and experiences to encourage children’s ability to problem solve;
  • Encouraging children to work together to achieve a common goal; and
  • Enabling children to develop and nurture relationships between peers and adults.

School Year Schedule

The preschool year is August 20, 2018 through May 24, 2019.

  • 4-year-old class: Monday through Thursday: 12:30-3:30 PM; $275 per month (FULL – Please contact Dahlem to be added to the waiting list)
  • 3-year-old class: Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30-11:30 AM; $150 per month (FULL – Please contact Dahlem to be added to the waiting list)
  • 3-year-old class: Monday and Wednesday: 8:30-11:30 AM; $150 per month.

Classes are held in the Nature Preschool Classroom at the Dahlem Center. There is one classroom teacher and one assistant overseeing each class with a maximum of 14 children per class.

Registration Policy

To register your preschooler for the 2018-2019 school year complete and return the registration form and an $80.00 non-refundable registration fee. This registration fee includes a family membership to Dahlem. All completed forms will be dated when received by Dahlem. We will then place your child in the class that you requested.

When your child has been placed in a class, you will receive a welcome card and additional forms to complete. A parent meeting will be held in August 2018 to give you an overview of the program. At that time you will receive a parent handbook and a schedule for the year. An orientation for families will be held the week before classes begin. This will give the children an opportunity to visit their classroom and meet the teachers.

Register Now

Registration is now open. Please click the button below to register. Call 517-782-3453 or email Katie Marsh at with any questions in the meantime.