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Nature-based Early Childhood


PEEP - The Preschool Environmental Education Project

The Urban Ecology Center offers year-round, nature-based early childhood experiences to families, childcare centers, preschools and shared intergenerational facilities though the PEEP program. The Preschool Environmental Education Project (PEEP) provides a wide range of customized educational options centered around the nature in our neighborhoods. Childcare providers and early childhood educators can choose experiences based on what developmental and learning goals they have for their children:

PEEP partnerships range from one-time guided visits to our outdoor classrooms and natural play areas to multi-visit experiences with a blend indoor and outdoor activities over the course of a year.

PEEP staff specialize in leading programs for children aged 1 – 6 years old, children with a wide range of special needs and older adults through shared intergenerational facilities.

PEEP programs contain fun, movement-based activities aligned with state and national early learning standards.

PEEP positive educational techniques help guide young children through early developmental stages while introducing them to their life-long relationship with nature!

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Preschoolers exploring nature in Riverside Park


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Intergenerational program with preschoolers and grandfriends 

PEEP: Nature-based Early Childhood Excellence

All experiences offered through the PEEP program are aligned with the latest state and national standards in early childhood and environmental education. The guidelines and ideals offered by the agencies and publications below ensure the highest program quality and embody the developmentally appropriate practices used by all of our PEEP educators.

  • Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence published (NAAEE)
  • Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice (NAEYC)
  • Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS)
  • Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale (NAAEE)

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Natural Fascination

To find out more about how to begin your PEEP partnership with the Urban Ecology Center, contact Matt Flower, Environmental Education and Early Childhood Specialist, (414) 964-8505, x125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ensure the youngest explorers have access to an outdoor classroom!

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