Forest Pre-School Drop-off Programs!

​​Spring Session #1: ​March 16-April 27  | Spring Session #2: May 4-June 15

7-Week Sessions, Option for 1 or 2 days per week


  • 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Ages 3 1/2 - 6
  • Sibling Discounts


Spring Session #1

  • Seeds: Compare seeds, texture and the germination process; investigate which seeds can grow together; explore viability of seeds before planting.
  • The importance of water, soil and sun for plant growth: The importance of sunlight; examining the soil quality and nutrients; explore hydroponics.
  • Sustaining a garden: How to space seeds in a garden; observe and draw changes in the garden; understand the root system vs the shoot system.


Spring Session #2

  • Lifecycle of a butterfly: Examine the four stages of the butterfly cycle; develop an understanding of butterflies; create a butterfly garden.
  • The importance of bees: Learn about pollination and the important role bees play in our environment.
  • Gardening: Observing the growth in our garden over time; maintenance and upkeep; make hypotheses on early germination experiments.


Prices and registration will be posted by January 20th.

Rave Reviews & Recommendations for Sensory Garden and Play!*


Monica Ozden:  Amazing & unique approach to learning! Chantel is so creative, passionate & patient! Her love of learning & nature create a nurturing environment for the children to learn & explore (and get a little dirty!) Wonderful class, can’t wait to sign up for another. Thanks Chantel"

Jennifer Nicole:  "My son LOVES this class! He’s excited to explore nature and looks forward to going weekly. He comes home proud of himself & I’m thankful for a safe, fun outlet for him to get dirty and hands on while learning. Ms. Chantel is warm & energetic. We will definitely be signing up for future programs!"


Jennifer Droubi:  "This program is excellent! My son thrived and it was wonderful to see the progress he made and his excitement for learning each session!"


Heidi Young Rucki:  "Such an incredible program! Chantel is a wonderful teacher who clearly loves what she teaches. This is such a special class that all children should have the opportunity to enjoy."


Brandi Portscher:  "Such a fun time on the book walk!!! I love that my boys can learn, explore, and grow in nature. Today was our first time joining in this program and I was so impressed and look forward to returning. I asked my boys if they had fun and the response I got says it all ”Mom that was Awesome”!"

*Recommendations have been publicly posted on Sensory Garden and Play's Facebook page

“Adventurous experiences out-of-doors are perceived to kindle the enthusiasm of the young, to develop their concern for others, for their community and for the environment. Such experiences provide the means of self-discovery, self-expression and enjoyment, which are at once both stimulating and fulfilling."

~ Lord Hunt of Llanfair Waterdine

Sensory Garden and Play

Founded by Chantel Zimmerman

The New Weis Center is excited to announce a NEW program partnership with Sensory Garden and Play, founded by Chantel Zimmerman!

Following a very well received pilot program at our Center this fall (morning programs and a story walk) Chantel will now be offering her unique forest school programs for pre-K and K regularly at our center, beginning with a 4-day winter camp and continuing with several programs in 2021 (multi-session and single day programs). Stay tuned for updates and details coming soon!

Sensory Garden and Play's Founder Chantel Zimmerman has been teaching since 2007. Her career began in the Newark school system as a 6th grade middle school science teacher, and continued as a 3rd grade teacher in the Ringwood School District for three years, beginning in 2014. Both experiences gave her the confidence, knowledge and perspective to create a program of her own.


Chantel says: "Sensory Garden and Play evolved deep within my heart as I raised my twin daughters. My philosophy and foundation for establishing  it was not centered around a business model. It 'bloomed' from my own heart's intentions and desires for my children's education, as well as the education of the community I serve. Sensory Garden and Play is part of a revolution in our education system; the idea that a preschooler is able to learn about weather, trees, and nature beyond a pile of worksheets within four walls. It is meant to cultivate their understanding about nature by actually experiencing it, first-hand, and developing a deeper connection to their natural environment, all while playing!"


Contact Ms. Zimmerman:

Phone: 201-213-4072  |  Email: sensorygardenandplay@gmail.com  |  Facebook: @sensorygardenandplay

COVID-19 GUIDELINES (updated 10/22/20): We are open for OUTDOOR programs and are following recommended health and safety guidelines at all programs and events.

Masks MUST be worn at all programs and when using the indoor restrooms; social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.