Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool FAQs

The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is an all-weather learning community for children, ages 3-5. Our program closely follows a Forest Kindergarten model of full nature-immersion with emphasis on natural rhythms, seasonal changes and the natural sciences. Outdoor Preschoolers learn about the plants, animals and systems in their own surroundings while developing a strong, place-based connection to the natural world. Participating in nature art and open-ended, outdoor play will foster creativity and complete focus as well as expose children to a wide variety of possible interests, to be revisited, perhaps, in the future.

Our beautiful facilities, owned and operated by Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock, are located approximately 1.5 miles west of Interstate 430 in West Little Rock at 18500 Cooper Orbit Road. First Day of Outdoor Preschool is Thursday, 4 January 2018.


What is the daily schedule?

Our daily schedule is:

7:00am - 8:15am Morning Extended Care*

8:15am Drop Off

8:30am School Begins

8:30am - 11:30am Morning Outdoor Excursion (Snack at 9am)

11:30am - 12:00pm Lunch

12:00pm - 1:30pm Rest Time

1:30pm - 2:45pm Afternoon Outdoor Excursion (Snack at 2pm)

3:00pm School Ends

3:00pm - 3:15pm Pick Up

3:15pm - 6:00pm Afternoon Extended Care*

*Additional fees apply for Extended Care options

Who can attend?

The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is an all-weather learning community for children, ages 3-5. We welcome your child into our program as soon as he or she is able to use the bathroom independently.

What about meals and snacks?

Families are asked to supply their preschooler with a lunch and two healthy snacks each day. Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool will provide milk or a milk alternative to each preschooler during snack times.

What if it is raining or cold outside?

Your preschooler’s safety is our primary concern and we will constantly monitor weather, especially on stormy and/or very cold days. We want your preschooler to be safe, always, and we also want to stress the importance of a true outdoor experience.

What are the scheduling options for outdoor preschool?

For the Spring 2018 semester beginning January, 4 the Preschool will be offering

Tuesday and Thursday, full-day preschool. A full-day is 8:30am - 3:00pm.

Extended Care options are available at an additional charge.

Beginning in the Fall of 2018, Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool will offer full day preschool Monday-Friday!

A full-day is 8:30am - 3:00pm. 

Extended Care options are available at an additional charge. 

What are Drop-off and pick-up times?

Preschoolers need to arrive at Lake Nixon between 8:15am and 8:30am. We begin our day together promptly at 8:30am.  Please plan on picking up your preschooler between 2:45pm and 3:15pm. 

Morning Extended Care: 7:00am - 8:15am*             Afternoon Extended Care: 3:15pm - 6:00pm*

*Additional fees apply for Extended Care options

How much does it cost?

Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool is a new program. As an incentive for families to help build our community, LNOP is pleased to welcome the first families into our preschool with very competitive monthly tuition rates that will be locked in for the duration of your child’s enrollment! Families enrolling now for the January-May 2018 (Spring) semester will have their monthly tuition rate locked-in.

Monthly tuition rates for families who enroll next fall for the 2018-2019 school year will also have the tuition rates below locked-in for the duration of enrollment.

There is no fee to submit an application. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $50 and a supply fee of $200 for Spring 2018. The registration fee and supply fee are due upon enrollment.

Tuition and any additional fees are due on the first day of each month.

January-May 2018 Monthly Tuition:

Tuesday/Thursday, full-day: $250/month

September 2018 -May 2019 Monthly Tuition:

Monday - Friday, full-day: $550/month

Tuition includes all programming materials but does not include morning and afternoon snacks.

Extended Care fees:

Monday - Friday: $200/month

When can i visit outdoor preschool?

Meet the teachers, visit the indoor and outdoor classrooms and find out what Outdoor Preschool is all about.

Plan to come out, see the facility, and meet our staff for an Outdoor Preschool Preview. Please call (501-228-0202) or email to arrange a viewing time.

When is orientation?

Registered preschoolers and families will need to attend the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool Orientation at the Lake Nixon Outdoor Center on Tuesday, November 28th, from 5:30pm to 7pm.

outdoor preschool 2018 Spring Schedule

Thursday, 4 January 2018 – First Day of Outdoor Preschool

Monday, 15 January 2018 – MLK holiday - No school

Friday, 16 February 2018 – Parent/Teacher Conferences - No school

Monday, 19 February 2018 – Teacher Work Day – No school

Monday - Friday, 19-23 March 2018 – Spring Break

Friday, 18 May 2018 – Last Day of Outdoor Preschool