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GGHF Curious By Nature offers a one-of-a-kind, nature-based early-childhood program that helps children develop key critical thinking skills to support their success in math, science, language and the arts.  Our students go outside to learn, explore and play every day, rain or shine!  At GGHF Curious by Nature School, our teachers combine child-centered philosophies (i.e., Reggio Emilia) with nationally-recognized nature-based, multi-disciplinary curriculum (e.g., Growing Up WILD™, Get Set For School™) in music, language, arts and crafts, math, science, culture, and learning about Pacific Northwest habitats.


Nestled in the quiet, historic town of Gig Harbor, Washington, we offer Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K classes for children ages 2-6 and enrichment classes and camps for school-aged children ages 6-8.  Our Growing Up WILD™ curriculum activities are correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and the Head Start domains.


Our one-of-a-kind program brings kids closer to nature in a way that supports their discovery of the wonders of the world we live in. Focusing on the whole child, our curriculum promotes opportunities for children to learn about seasons, plants, animals, ecosystems, weather, habitats, people, and cultures.

Daily activities include:

Outdoor Play - everyday, rain or shine

Art Activities

Music and Movement

Natural Science Experiments

Large and Small Motor Activities

Language Activities

Sensory Activities

In addition to our daily explorations in our outdoor classroom, we take regular nature walks in the Adam Tallman Nature Park, a protected wetland preserve maintained by the City of Gig Harbor. Children are exposed daily to a wide variety of native plant and animal habitats.

GGHF Curious by Nature School, is part of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (GGHF) a qualified 50I(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization serving the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula community. The school was founded in 2011, and our immersion program where the classroom and 100% of the learning day is outdoors was introduced in 2016. 

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