Welcome to Star Child Nature School
at the YMCA of the Pines
and the
JCC Camp located in Medford NJ

Now enrolling Fall 2021
As we work on updating our website

please call or email for more information

STAR CHILD NATURE SCHOOL offers a nature based program for children 2 1/2-12 years of age
Melissa Sheppard~Founder/Teacher
Established 2017

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"


"Must we always teach our children with books. Let them look at the mountains and the stars
up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education." 

~David Polis

Please take a peek into our day...

At Star Child children can be children...running, jumping, imagining, playing, building, climbing and discovering are at the core of our care.  Children can sing and laugh loudly in the forest or whisper quietly to a worm.  Mud puddles are for splashing in and walks in the woods instill quiet reflection or inspire building bug and fairy homes, being a dinosaur or making a playhouse.  Star Child offers a connection to the natural world, sensory experiences and and ever changing natural "playground".  Kindness, compassion and caring for the earth and all of its creatures are simply part of our day.  Learning, playing, growing and connecting are intertwined, naturally.

Star Child Nature School Embracing Childhood and Connecting Children to the Natural World

We understand that when asked,  "What did you do at school today" the children will (thankfully) answer, "Played".   In order to keep parents abreast of activities and promote discussion  we send our families photos weekly.