Early Childhood

Rugged Research offers early childhood (Ages 4-6) weekly adventure classes in nature to have fun, explore, and play!

Little Rangers will learn how to become inquisitive and caring towards nature – they  will start developing the building blocks of environmental stewardship. We believe that purposeful exploration is fundamental  to a child’s growth and development. Our program is designed to help children explore and discover. Nature based education taps into children’s sense of wonder and compliments all learning styles. 

Sessions will take place at several beautiful parks to experience seasonal changes in different Kentucky ecosystems. Little Rangers will run, jump, get a little muddy and connect with the natural world!

Some themes we’ll cover:

  • Water in our World!
  • Animals Around Us
  • In Our Sky
  • BUGS!
  • Leaves of the Fall
  • Rock’s Rock!

All classes are 60 minutes and include: a fun game, a hands-on lesson, a craft, and a nature story book. Each activity will center around a weekly nature theme and take place in a different Lexington, KY park every week.
To protect the privacy of our student and instructors, specific locations will be emailed upon registration. Contact us for more details.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and participate with your child. If you are unable to stay, please have a guardian present for the class.

Summertime in the Bluegrass

Date: Monday, August 8th
Location: Zandale Park
Time: 2pm-3pm
Ages: 4-6
Cost: $20

Only 8 spots available!

Our classes run through all types of weather, making rain, snow, and sun all a part of our learning and play. If dangerous weather is in the forecast families will be informed if the class needs to be postponed. 

All classes are for children ages 4-6.

Each class takes place at a different ecosystem providing a new adventure and lesson every time! Classes will take place as some of the most beautiful parks and open spaces Lexington, KY has to offer! Specific meeting points within the parks will be emailed out each week before the class but we will usually meet at the main trailhead.

Currently, Little Rangers takes place on Mondays but we plan to have weekend classes soon! If you would like to be notified when we add weekend classes, please add your email to our mailing list on the home page