Trails for Kids

Growing Skills for Life

Explore & Hike

An escape for children to reconnect with nature and play.

Learning by Observation

Kids Immerse in Nature Activities

Play & Use of Imagination

Expand Your Child's Imagination and Curiosity

Mindfulness & Tracking

Reconnecting with Nature in a Playful Manner


Trails for Kids, a Venture in Nature is a place for children to escape and reconnect with nature and play. Kids immerse in nature activities which include hiking, wading, observing, mindfulness tools, tracking and the use of a child's imagination and curiosity.

Our Outdoor Classes are based on reconnecting with nature in a playful manner. Students are led on hikes throughout New Jersey.

Classes will have a theme, but are led by the children's interest.

Our mission is to provide an inclusive program for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds based on direct nature interactions to encourage their physical and emotional social wellbeing. These experiences will promote prosilience, instill tolerance, provide social environmental justice and inspire future land stewards.

"Nature has no walls"


Happy New Year!

Preschool registration
begins January 15

Afterschool Spring Classes
Begin February 5th

Summer Camp
Begins June 17

Classes are held in
Essex, Morris and Union county.

Contact 908-484-4856 for info!

Register now for forest school year of 2023-24.

"If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs."

Nicolette Sowder

Our Approach

Immersive Learning


Our nature preschool and forest school classes are immersive learning environments where your children will learn about the world first-hand through observation, hiking and tracking.

Empowerment & Recreation

& Recreation

Our outdoor nature classes empower and increase your child's confidence through recreational activities such as hiking, arts & crafts, photography and more.

Reasoning & Cognitive Behavior

Reasoning &
Cognitive Behavior

Our nature classes triggers your child's natural curiosity and connects it with science, math and the arts. Children in our After School Program will learn age-appropriate basic survival skills, while younger children in our Preschool Classes will learn about textures, animals, shapes & colors and anything else that attracts their attention.

Connection to Nature

Connection to Nature

Our nature preschool and forest school classes are learning experiences for your child that will inspire curiosity, teach them about the world around them, and instill an appreciation and love for nature.

What We Do

Classes focus on different themes depending on the age group in nature.
Children are encouraged to seek, discover & explore their surroundings.
The preschool program focuses on the alphabet, shapes, colors & STREAM.
The kindergarten-2nd classes focus on different journeys across the US & folktales.
The older kids sessions are survival skills, mental & physical fitness as the kids change to challenge
themselves while supporting each other to builds one's self esteem, adventurousness & confidence.
As kids advance, we will work with knives, knots & offer weekend retreats.


Preschool & Pre K

Locations & Schedule
After School

Locations & Schedule

Hear from the parents.........

Children gain great confidence exploring nature in our Forest School

“Great confidence has been gained this winter while exploring in the dark.”

“Very keen to play in woods/frozen ponds.”

“Our child took us hiking today to learn what the class did.”

Children are enthusiastic & curious towards the outdoors.

“Trails for Kids is a life saver during Covid. It brought a smile to my child's face."

“Increased enthusiasm & curiosity towards the outdoors.”

“So thankful for this!”

Children become more aware of her surroundings

“My child has become more aware of her surroundings (nests, tree types, the taste of food and general knowledge) since joining Outdoor Explorers!

This is the only activity my child goes to without ever complaining. The knowledge is age-appropriate & he always tells me what he learnt that day.”


New Class Offered in Fall

Homeschool Nature Immersion
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Grades 1st - 3rd

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