Outdoor Preschool


Time spent outdoors is essential for human health. Playing in natural settings encourages curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, cooperation, and problem-solving. At YMCA Camp Lake Helena, children are encouraged to play, explore, and learn about their natural environment through child-directed and teacher-led learning. Your child will build skills around managing big feelings and working with others while playing outdoors in nature, supported by caring adult role models.  

Fall Session - September 11 through December 8
Spring Session - March 4 through May 31

Ages: 3-5 

Class is held Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Class topics are centered around phenology and will change throughout the seasons. Daily lessons will include art, music, science, engineering, math, social-emotional learning, language, and reading readiness. 

Fall Tuition: $2,199 (four payments of $549.75)

Secure your spot with a $100 deposit that will be applied to your tuition once the session starts. Tuition payments can be broken into four payments due September 5, October 5, November 5, and December 5.  Financial assistance is available. 

Registration is open now! 

Submit an interest form if you would like to schedule a tour or talk to our director. 

Interest Form

Daily Schedule

9:00 - 9:30 Child-Directed Play (Activity Stations)
9:30 - 10:00 Morning Circle (Nature Yoga, Story, Social/Emotional Learning Activity)
10:00 - 10:45 Activity 1 Ex: Nature Art
10:45- 11:30 Activity 2 Ex: Forest Ecology Hike
11:30 - 12:00 Child-Directed Play (Activity Stations)

About the property

YMCA Camp Lake Helena is a 135-acre property with a 5-acre lake, two streams, wetlands, forests, trails, a playing field, a garden, activity cabins, and an outdoor theater. The property does have running water, electricity, and flushing toilets. The property is not open to the public.

YMCA Camp Lake Helena
11606 Ranch Drive SW
Port Orchard WA 98367

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is provided to individuals, kids, and families on a need basis and allows access to all programs, activities, and facilities at the YMCA. If we can serve you or your family in this way, please fill out the  Financial Assistance Application.

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