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Children's STEM Garden, LLC, Forest Preschool

Village Green East neighborhood
Penfield , NY , 14526 43° 7' 49.2276" N, 77° 28' 31.9836" W
Contact name: 
Marne Parmelee, MS Ed ECE; NY Licensed Teacher N-6
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The mission of Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, is to immerse children ages 3-5 in a safe, outdoor natural environment where they can actively explore, imagine, create, & thrive through active, hands-on, child-led play & learning. The natural spaces & small, multi-age groups nurture children’s curiosities, senses, & social negotiations through developmentally-appropriate activities. Our bodies build our brains! You can find us in action on Facebook:

At Children's STEM Garden, LLC, Forest Preschool, we use our senses & whole bodies to learn through developmentally-appropriate play experiences outdoors in nature.  Hands-on STEM explorations & social negotiations, driven by children's curiosities, are key foundations for the program. Brain & body connections unfold through sensory manipulation of organic materials, dramatic play with peers, & problem solving activities, which nurture cognitive development.  Early literacy & numeracy, social negotiations, & problem solving are integrated & supported holistically through our STEM explorations.  Max 6 students ages 3-5 per group.  Groups meet for 3 hours per day, part time.

We spend each day outside in our large natural Playscape featuring a large Sand Pit, Mud Kitchen with camp "fire" cooking, Rock & Gem Box, Pour Stations, & Loose Parts including crates, logs, & wood blocks of every size.  We have plenty of space to move BIG/FAST/LOUD or small/slow/quiet.  Rotating maker spaces, diggers, bikes, balls, hoppity hops, dinosaurs, dolls, water, sand, dirt, pots, pans, books, & field packs with tools are some of the resources available to help us discover ourselves & our world!  

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*My name is Marne Parmelee, & I am a NYS Licensed Teacher (N-6), with an MS Ed. in Early Childhood Education. I'm a Mom & Early Childhood Educator, since 1991.  In 2018, inspired by my daughter who taught in a forest school on the west coast, I created Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, as a unique nature play program, which has evolved into a fully outdoor forest preschool. We operate year round as an Informal Nursery program in compliance with NY SS Law 390 & in alignment with NY Preschool Learning Standards.  We are fully insured.


This program does not replace NY compulsory kindergarten.

Small groups of 6:1 & few transitions nurture sustained, hands-on, sensory play & explorations, social interactions, & problem solving. Cognitive development occurs authentically as bodies build brains through focused gross & fine motor activity.