The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Tiny Trekkers

This program is designed to create a foundation of love and respect for the natural world. Active play in nature between caregivers and children provides lasting impressions. Join a Ridges Sanctuary educator in gentle hiking, songs, and endless possibilities for exploration and experimentation. 

A Typical Tiny Trekkers Class 

Tiny Trekkers classes typically last from an hour to 75 minutes. Class starts with circle time, where trekkers, parents, and the teacher will sing songs, read a story, and do a nature-based craft. Monthly learning topics incorporate cognitive and language development, while crafts offer opportunities to practice fine motor skills. Following circle time, trekkers will explore areas of the sanctuary and Family Discovery Trail. Exploration with caregivers and play with other children encourages the development of social-emotional skills and large motor skills.

Class will meet at different locations on The Ridges properties each week, allowing trekkers and caregivers to explore new habitats. Every week, the teacher will email all families registered for the class with the meeting location. Please check your email regularly for updates from Ridges teachers!

Spring Schedule

April 2024 | Spring Chorus (TUES) | 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23

April 2024 | Spring Chorus (WED) | 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24

May 2024 | Wildflower Wonder (TUES) | 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21

May 2024 | Wildflower Wonder (WED) | 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22

Health Protocols 

Please review the latest version of our Health Protocols document for guidelines on when to keep children home from Ridges programming. If you ever have any questions regarding when to keep your child at home, please call or email the teacher for your program.  

Registration for Trekkers monthly sessions is open. Each session is either three or four weeks long, depending on the holidays within each month. Three-week sessions are $30 for each child/ caretaker pair. Four-week sessions are $40 for each child/ caretaker pair. We understand that caretakers may be caring for multiple children, making it difficult to schedule time with just one child for the Tiny Trekkers class. Therefore, we have the option for sibling sign-ups, which are $15 for three-week sessions and $20 for 4-week sessions.  

Click here to register for Tiny Trekkers


Jackie Rath | (920)-839-2802