Natureplay Preschool

Summer & Fall 2023-24 Enrollment details below! Check it out.

WE DID IT!  Meadowbrook Park and Mill Creek Activity Center Natureplay Preschools both earned recognition as certified Nature Explore Classrooms!  What does this mean?  It means our programs provide dynamic, nature-based play and learning spaces.  Certification requires creating well-designed outdoor spaces as well as a commitment to staff development and family involvement.  Our staff have worked hard to implement innovative programs that inspire a love of nature and the great outdoors for the children in our programs.  WAY TO GO!!

Nature Explore Logo

Our Natureplay Preschools feature discovery based learning with nature at the foundation of the curriculum. Our goal is to help young children develop a strong connection with the natural world at an early age.

The nearby streamways, parks and our outdoor classrooms will provide the children with extended periods of outdoor exploration. While indoors, child initiated learning will increase awareness and appreciation of the natural world.

Unique Nature-based Program

These nature immersion preschools are unique to the greater Kansas City area and we are eager to advance early childhood environmental literacy through the introduction of these program. Natureplay is open year round and licensed for 24 children ages 3 to 5 years.

Fully Licensed

Fully licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment our programs maintain a 1 to 12 staff to child ratio. Our site program directors possess bachelors degrees from accredited colleges and universities.  Staff training and education allows for a wide variety of interesting, hands-on, age appropriate activities that integrate science, math, literacy, and the arts through nature exploration while encouraging cooperative learning and social competence.

To schedule a tour and inquire about availability, contact the Program Director.

Two locations:

Mill Creek Activity Center Natureplay 

6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee


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Meadowbrook Park Natureplay 

9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village


[email protected]

Program Hours

*Morning session: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (M-F) (M,W,F) (T/TH)

*Afternoon session: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (T/W/TH) (T/TH)

Parent Testimonials

---Today my daughter experienced her last day of camp at MBP Preschool Camp. She attended two weeks this summer and had an absolutely wonderful experience. This was her first time to be away from parents for more than one day/week. The teachers did an incredible job of welcoming her, helping her feel safe, and encouraging her to have fun! I couldn’t be more impressed or pleased! I’ve been an educator for many years and I’m happy to be able to recommend this trusted program to others. My son enjoyed it in 2019 and will plan to send our younger children as well. I especially appreciate the way that the teachers took time to speak with each parent at drop off and pick up. They were very personable, kind, and attentive to details and the needs of each child. I thought you should know what an incredible job they’re doing. Thank you for all the efforts you’ve put forth to organize a wonderful program. 

2023-24 Pre-Enrollment Open House Tours

Thursday, February 9, 2023 @ 5-6pm

Come see our classrooms, meet our teachers, and get enrollment details!


2023-24 Enrollment begins February 13, 2023 for new families

ENROLL HERE for Meadowbrook Park  (MBP) Natureplay

ENROLL HERE for Mill Creek Activity Center (MCAC) Natureplay

You will find our JCPRD enrollment form above for MBP and MCAC Natureplay Programs.  To enroll, click on ENROLL HERE for the location you wish to enroll your child.  This will open the 2023-24 Natureplay Registration form for you to download, complete digitally, save, and return via email to your site Program Director.  Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.  Enrollment is available on a first come, first served basis. The Program Director will email you confirmation of placement in the program or on the waitlist.

Children's Forms will be completed in ePact.  You will receive an email from ePact within 2 weeks of your confirmation from your Program Director.   These emails often go to junk folders.  This is where you will complete all the necessary forms to complete your child's file with us.  This must be completed before children start our program.  You will need to upload a copy of your child's school physical and immunizations to ePact so please save a copy.

ePact Instructions Here

Call our Registration Office at 913-831-3359 by June 1, 2023 to pay the $75 Registration fee.


MCAC & MBP Natureplay Summer Camp registration will begin March 13 for new families. Summer Camp will run from June 5-August 4 and will be a full summer camp commitment when you enroll.

MBP Natureplay Summer Camp structure has changed!

This summer a NEW weekly Just for Fun Preschool camp will be offered at Meadowbrook Park Shelter #4.  Enrollment for this camp will open January 30th at 6am on .   This camp is a "just for fun" camp designed to give children a fun camp experience socializing and participating in daily activities with camp friends.  Camp will run 9a-12p M-F. There will be 9-weeks of camp to choose from starting June 5-August 4.  This camp is not part of the MBP Natureplay Summer Preschool program.   For more information please contact Lisa at 913-826-3024.

The Meadowbrook Park Natureplay Summer Camp will be a 9-week camp commitment and you will sign up for the entire summer.  You will still be able to select from the below program hours:

*Morning session: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (M-F) (M,W,F) (T/TH)

*Afternoon session: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (T/W/TH) (T/TH)

For more information on this camp please contact the Program Director.


  (Contact the Program Director at the location you are interested in enrolling at.)

Classroom Video Tours...

Meadowbrook Park  

Mill Creek Activity Center 

MCAC Program Information- Click HERE 

MBP Program Information- Click HERE 


2022-23 Natureplay Weekly Fees

(Summer & 2023-24 fees listed below in green)

Enrollment Fee$75.00 seasonally
Full Time Mornings (M-F)$96.00/week
Part Time Mornings (M-W-F)
Part Time Afternoons (T-W-TH)
Part Time Mornings & Afternoons (T/TH)$58.00/week

Weekly fee rates are 10% higher for non-residents.

Declined Payment Fee$30.00
Program Options Change Fee$15.00
Late Pick-Up Fee$1.00/minute

*Fees will be paid weekly by recurring payment and are fully inclusive of all program activities.

      *Fees are subject to change if programming is presented with extenuating circumstances that 

      increase the cost of programming.

*Natureplay at MCAC follows the De Soto School District's inclement weather closures and the Meadowbrook Park Natureplay follows the Shawnee Mission School District's inclement weather closures.


 JCPRD is EXCITED to announce that we have received temporary grant funding that allows us to subsidize up to 25%  of your 2022-2023 Natureplay weekly fees until funding is depleted.  

These funds are available to all participants in our licensed childcare programs who complete the brief application, and no further documentation is required.  We anticipate funding to be available for the fall semester and possibly longer.

Funding applies ONLY to weekly tuition payment (does not apply to other fees such as registration, late payment, or late pick-up fees).  Funding may NOT be used retroactively and will go into effect no earlier than 48 hours after submission of the application.  

We look forward to sharing these grant funds with our families and hope that you will each take a moment to fill out the brief application as soon as possible!  Complete the form below at your earliest convenience.

Natureplay Form:



2022-23 Family Handbook

ePact Forms Directions

ePact Child File Forms Link

children planting in the garden
Kids exploring the creek

Change/Drop Request Form

To make a request in current Programming options or to drop from the program, please complete this form.  You will be contacted within 48 business hours to verify your requests.   Must request a change at least one week in advance.