The Nature Explore Classroom at

Scott County Family YMCA

Palmer Learning Center


We continue to maintain and utilize the Nature Explore Playground to its fullest potential.

The children are able to experience an extension of the traditional classroom in an outdoor setting. In the spring, the children enjoy planting vegetables, flowers, and herbs while learning how things grow. Summer brings bugs, explorations, and even more observations. The children like writing down (in their own form) all their discoveries as they see them. When the weather in the fall begins to change, the children are able to see the beautiful colors of leaves. As winter slowly approaches, the children are still able to enjoy the playground and continue their learning. The smiles, laughter, wonders, and imaginations that the children bring are experienced every day of the year on the Nature Explore Playground.

Deb Gustafson, Executive Director