Guest Blog Post by Neyssa Hays, Program Director, Outdoor Education Adventures

Outdoor Education Adventures is excited to share the launch of our newest program: Maple Grove, an Outdoor Education Adventure for Early Childhood. Maple Grove is an outdoor preschool program for 3.5-5.5 year olds.  The curriculum is inquiry based and emerges out of the students’ innate curiosity and motivation.  Students will learn within nature, about nature and about their place on earth. Through daily interaction with the land, the students gain a true appreciation for how it changes over time. They will also have the opportunity to build skills through a balance of educator-guided activities and free play, fostering executive function, motor and spatial skills, community building and confidence. Our program gives students the unique experience to learn through play and guided risk taking while steeped in the wonder and magic of childhood.

The program is directed and taught by certified early education teacher Heidi Hoskins. Heidi has over 15 years’ experience as an educator as well as a Masters in Early Childhood Education. She is excited to share the outdoor world with your preschooler.

For more information and to apply, visit our website at Outdoor Education Adventures – Play Adventure Learn (


Neyssa holds a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Oregon State University and a degree in Russian from Portland State University. She has worked in the natural resources field since 2004 as a park ranger, naturalist, and fisheries biologist assistant as well as an educator for the Oregon Zoo and Portland Public Schools. Contact: