Preschool Wish List & Resources

Wish List

  • Dress up clothes
  • Art supplies
  • Water color paper
  • Envelopes
  • Baby dolls and doll props
  • 4T-6T inside clothes (pants, shirts, sweatshirts, warm socks, etc)
  • Drying cabinet (example) and/or boot drying racks (example)
  • Acorns and pinecones
  • Trees and native flowers to plant in the playscape

Volunteer Task Wish List

  • Make tree cookies of various sizes
  • Build a giant Jenga set
  • Build a corn hole set
  • Build a pallet work bench/work shop area in playscape

Family Resources

If your family needs help paying for child care, rent, or food please visit to find resources.

Outdoor Gear

There is lots of great outdoor gear out there for children! Some of our favorite brands are:

Nature Play in Duluth

Here are some resources for ideas of what to do with your family outdoors in Duluth:

More About Nature Play

Nature Play Research

Nature-Based Care Options in Duluth

Hartley Nature Preschool is a part of the Duluth Nature Play Collaborative which is lead by a group of educators who incorporate nature play into every day.  If HNP doesn’t fit your family’s needs check out these other programs in the collaborative including: Wind Ridge Schoolhouse, Kinderfarm, Secret Forest Playschool, and Little Barnyard Preschool.

Get Involved

We love volunteers! Volunteers are welcome in our classroom and we occasionally need volunteers for special projects, such as sewing projects. Parents of currently enrolled preschoolers can contact their teachers for information on volunteering in the classroom. If you are a community member, college student, or other person interested in volunteering, please submit a Hartley Nature Center volunteer application and indicate your interest in working with our preschool program. Find a volunteer application here.


Is working with preschoolers outdoors in all seasons your dream job?! ​Hartley Nature Preschool is currently hiring substitute teachers. If you are interested in being on the sub list, please submit a cover letter and resume to Kaitlin, the preschool director, at

Hartley Nature Center is often hiring Environmental Education Interns. Learn more here.