Fun for your smallest explorers

Catamount Cubs

Welcome to a new way to explore nature with your favorite toddler aged 2-4! Each 1.5 hour Cubs session allows you and your early learner to have authentic, age-appropriate, nature-based experiences in a setting that is both wild, safe, and familiar.

You're never too young

Adventure for ages 2-4

Our experienced teacher naturalists and scientists will use daily themes to guide learning in the park. A typical session opens with free- play sensory stations before circle time with songs and movement, followed by a guided nature exploration activity through woods, creeks, and meadows. Splash in the creek and slide on ice as the program changes with the seasons. Dress for the weather as we are often 100% outdoors, though indoor spaces and restrooms are available. Our academic standards-based lessons provide hands-on experiences for getting to know the plants and animals who call Colorado home. Songs, hikes, crafts, science experiments and scavenger hunts will be our tools as we explore with our senses. 

Catamount Cubs 6 Week Sessions

Fridays 9:00am – 10:30am | 740 W Caramillo St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907 unless otherwise noted


Fall 2021 Cubs will learn how to use their senses outside and will investigate butterflies, birds, and leaves. We will build our own greenhouses to grow our own plant and will end our 6 weeks with a focus on pumpkins where each child will go home with their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

Your registration will include all these dates:

9/10 – Senses outside
9/17 – Butterflies and milkweed
09/24 – Birds
10/1 – Leaves
10/8 – Plants
10/15 – at Venetucci Farm – Pick a Pumpkin

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus. We recommend masks but do not require them for anyone participating in outdoor programs. When entering our building (for bathrooms) masks will be required for anyone over the age of 2. Our staff is all fully vaccinated but may choose to still wear a mask. All activities will take place outdoors which is a much safer environment and we will do our best to social distance.

Fall Session

On for 2021!!

Spring Session

Coming 2022

Summer Session

Coming 2022

Worth noting

At least one adult must be registered for each two(2) children. Activities are designed for children aged 2-4. Some children may be outside of that range but still able to participate. For children outside that range please call us with questions. Any child who participates in the programming or stations regardless of age will need to be registered.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if it is raining? Can I bring my baby or dog? Here you will find answers to our most asked questions.

This outdoor nature exploration typically goes on, rain, snow, or shine, unless temperatures and wind push into the “Danger” range on the Childcare Weather Watch Chart. In that event, the program will be rescheduled and you will be refunded. That said, if conditions are in the “Caution” range, the program will go on, so dress accordingly.
Here are some of our favorite tips for layering toddlers for cold or wet weather:
How to dress kids for cold and rainy weather

No, this program is designed for an adult and child together and is not childcare. You are responsible for the safety of all of the children you bring and the Catamount Institute staff is there to facilitate the activities.

Yes, we often have grandparent, aunts, and uncles attending, however, each adult must register and pay the registration fee.

Cubs lesson activities and sensory stations are designed for students ages 2-4 years old. Anyone else may participate but must also register and pay. If you bring an older child you will be responsible for the safety of all of your children so you need to determine if this is possible to do with your toddler.

Many parents bring a younger sibling in a front or back carrier so they can focus their time in nature on their toddler. If you bring a younger child, you are still responsible for the safety of all your children, so you need to determine if this is possible to do with your toddler. Cubs lesson activities and sensory stations are designed for students ages 2-4 years old. If your infant is participating (playing with sensory stations or activity materials) then your infant needs to be registered and paying for the program.

We request that you not bring your favorite dog to this program designed for toddlers simply out of consideration for participants with dog allergies and those who are frightened or unsure of unfamiliar dogs. Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness.

No, Catamount Cubs is not childcare and an adult is required to be with the child at all times. If you are looking for a pre-school with outdoor programs please check out Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School or  E11 Creative Workshop.

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