Wish List and Resources

Wish List

  • Hammocks
  • 2 child sized backpacks for classroom tools
  • Dress up clothes
  • Art supplies
  • Water color paper
  • Envelopes
  • Baby dolls and doll props
  • 4T-6/7 wool socks and indoor crew socks, not ankle socks
  • 4T-6/7 inside clothes (pants, shirts, sweatshirts, warm socks, etc)
  • 3T-6/7 outdoor clothing (waterproof mittens, neck warmers, snow pants, winter coats, rain gear, winter and rubber boots)
  • 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 wooden shelving system for the mud kitchen toys at the lean-to

Family Resources

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

Outdoor Gear and Gear Guide

Check out the HNP Gear Guide to see a checklist of the gear your nature preschooler will need to play outdoors in all seasons.

Some of our favorite brands are:

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 the many other programs in the collaborative including: Wind Ridge Schoolhouse, Secret Forest Playschool, Lake Superior Zoo SchoolLittle Barnyard Preschool, Kindred Paths, and many more!

Nature Play in Duluth

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

Additional Opportunities at Hartley Nature Center