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“Children will learn to listen to languages in nature, through active, hands-on explorations & appreciate the beauty of our natural world.”

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~ Children Play & Learn Outdoors in Nature Every Day ~

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Mission Statement

The mission of Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, is to immerse children in a safe, Outdoor environment, where they can actively Explore, Imagine, Create, & Thrive through Active, Hands-on Play & Inquiry-Based Learning. The Natural Spaces & Small, Multi-Age groups engage children in Problem-Solving & Cooperative Interactions, & embrace your child’s Curiosities, Senses, & Skills. Foundations for Literacy, STEM, & other content areas are integrated in

nature-based explorations.

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About Us

Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, provides both Pre-K & Kindergarten Outdoor Programs 

Fully licensed & insured 

Ages 3-5

We are slowly reopening after closing during the COVID19 Pandemic.  Due to the continuing uncertainties, we are registering for seasonal sessions. Days & hours are limited, with a tentative plan to increase availability. 

Please contact us to find out how we are providing a safe space for children to play & learn outdoors,

per DOH protocols & NY mandated regulations.

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                            Hands-On, Child-Led Explorations & Projects

emerge through curiosities & inquiries about our wild world.

Developmentally Appropriate learning of:

Early Literacy (Reading; Phonics; Writing)



Independence & Social Skills


Multi-Age Relationships

Creative Arts

                                         Wellness & Core Strength 

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Children's Curiosities Build Our Space & Direct Our Learning!  Our large, fenced-in outdoor PLAYSCAPE inspires Free Exploration in our huge Sandy Pit, Muddy Kitchen, Gem Rock Box,  Jungle, Crate Construction, and many areas for Sensory experiences.  There is plenty of space for Running & Active Play!  Gardens include vegetables, herbs, & sustainable grass.  Social problem-solving lays a foundation for our interactions & relationships, to build independence, perseverance & patience within our multi-age group.  When it comes to learning new skills & ideas: “If we don’t know how, we’ll figure it out!”


“I am Marne Parmelee, NYS-Certified  (N-6) teacher with 25 years full-time (4 years pt) experience teaching Prek, Kindergarten, & 1st Grade.  I created Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, as a unique, in-home licensed  PreK, to provide high-quality, Nature play opportunities in a space where children's Sensory Expressions can unfold in their own languages: sing, sculpt, draw, write, act out, dance, experiment, build, revise, negotiate, etc.

 I encourage & support children to share ideas, question, explore, symbolize, problem solve, & create in unique ways, while developing Independence & meaningful, cooperative  Social Relationships.

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