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

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: We are open for OUTDOOR programs and follow recommended health and safety guidelines at all programs. Masks MUST be worn at all programs and when using the indoor restrooms; social distancing will be maintained to the extent possible.

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! Chantel and her staff will offer unique forest school programs for preschoolers at our Center, including seasonal multiple-session camps and single day programs.

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