Preschool & Early Learners

Programs For Early Learners

Unique opportunities for early learners to explore and be inspired by nature.

Polliwog Preschool
A nature-based school year program that focuses on developing the whole child.

Tadpole Tots
This special series allows you to explore the Mercer Slough Nature Park with your child.


Events For Parents Of Early Learners

Early Feelings of Social Emotional Connection
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Douglas Fir Community Building

Presented by Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle, PhD. the Director of the Outreach and Education division at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.

This workshop will provide participants with the fundamentals of early social emotional health and use examples from I-LABS behavioral and neuroscience research to illustrate the building blocks of social and emotional development. We will also discuss connections between positive and negative experiences early in life and later child outcomes.

Free to attend and all are welcome. Please RSVP by Oct. 17 to (425) 450-0207.


Programs For Preschool Educators

Preschool Prowl
Join us for a sensory adventure through the wetlands.

September-October and April-June, we will hike the boardwalk trail out to Mercer Slough channel from the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm (2380 Bellevue Way SE). November-March, join us at the Bellefields Trailhead (1905 118th AVE SE) for a hike down through the forest to the wetland. Spot wildlife, get up close and personal with Spy Scopes, test your senses during "dozen touches" and hunt for colors of the rainbow. We also offer a Preschool Prowl Outreach program where we bring a nature program to your facility.

  • Ages: 3-5
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • One adult participant must accompany each group of five preschoolers.

Preschool Seekers
Discover what kinds of creatures live around the wetland as you descend from a forest to the Mercer Slough pond. Use nets and special tools to meet the baby insects and other creatures that start their lives under the waters of our pond. Act out the travels of wetland creatures and the life cycle of a dragonfly. Spend half your time on the trail near our Education Center and the other half investigating water samples in the lab.

  • Ages: 3-5
  • Length: 2.5 hours with break for lunch or snack
  • One adult participant must accompany each group of five preschoolers.

For more information and to register, call (206) 443-2925.