Tour the campus
Little Explorers offers tours of our facility and campus by appointment
Mondays through Thursdays between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Please call 837-6100
ext. 205 to schedule a personal tour.
Here is just a taste of what our campus looks and feels like.
Little Explorers Nature Center Preschool is conveniently located at 5218
Reiner road in the town of Burke just one parcel east of the Madison city
limits. Our location is about 3 miles from HWY 151 and HWY 94.
Welcome to the Little Explorers Campus!
A picturesque canopy of trees covers
the driveway leading to the new, state of the art learning center. There
is a pasture area to your right which has goats, sheep and alpaca grazing
inside a secure fenced in area.
Travel around the circle drive and up to our main entrance which has
a sheltered drop off and parking area to keep you warm and dry during
cold or rainy weather.
Little Explorers new 11,000 square foot facility with sheltered drop
Our state of the art facility was designed to give our children the most
comfortable exciting atmosphere possible to learn in. In floor heating
is installed throughout the entire facility to keep our little walkers
and crawlers comfortable. Real wood floors are installed in the classrooms
and the gymnasium. The many different exotic species of wood and gorgeous
hand painted murals keep the feel of each room exciting and stimulating.
Specially designed Amish furniture, "squatty potties" and custom
built sink cabinets are sized just right for each of the classrooms age
The Sahara classroom (nursery) and the Wetlands classroom (toddlers)
are nestled in close to the main offices and decorated in with soft and
warm colors throughout. All parts of the room face inward so that it is
easy for our teachers to monitor the whole room from where ever they are.
Soft area rugs provide a warm safe footing for our little crawlers and
walkers. Age appropriate development areas are setup throughout the room
for working on things like hand-eye coordination, language, problem solving
skills and large motor skills. Soothing music is playing quietly in the
The next room to visit is the Serengeti classroom which is our 2 to 3
year old classroom. This room is creatively decorated to look like the
African Serengeti at sunset with landscape and animal murals painted on
the walls. Many age appropriate development areas are located throughout
the room for individual or group activities.
behind the Serengeti room is the Great Plains classroom for our 3 to 4
year old explorers. This classroom is filled with warm shades of browns
and gold’s and has a beautiful mural of the Great Plains landscape on
the south wall. A large tee pee is the central reading and group gathering
area for the classroom. The big widows in our exterior doors allow children
to watch outside pasture animals, like our llamas or our horses, walk
right by...less than 10 feet away! Learning centers throughout the room
offer a wide range of educational and fun activities that are age appropriate.
Our last and largest classroom of the learning center is the Rainforest
classroom. This classroom is decorated with rich green colors and has
colorful murals throughout. Our 4 to 5 year olds have many areas to explore.
Our observable animal habitat in this classroom are the Sugar Glider habitat.
The classroom is also loaded with age appropriate learning areas for children
to enjoy and challenge themselves with.
the center of our learning center is our 1700 square foot main gymnasium
and theater. The gymnasium is generously furnished for introducing the
children to sports and fun large motor activities. Children love to be
active and with our well equipped gymnasium we can get our exercise rain
or shine! Our Little Explorers Theater is built into the east end of the
gymnasium and provides us with a stage for introductions to the performing
arts (dance, drama and music). We want to offer our children the opportunity
to stay fit and healthy and learn about a broad range of subjects. Our
integral gymnasium and theater gives us the facility to do just that.
If you thought the learning center was nice, wait until you see our backyard!
Our campus is 7 1/2 acres of beautiful, lightly wooded landscape. Our
large fenced in playground is attached to the back of the building and
has equipment for climbing, swinging, riding and running. Just behind
the fenced in playground is our animal activity barn which has stalls
set up so that the children can safely watch, feed and interact with our
wonderful outside animals. Only a hop and a skip away is our child tended
organic vegetable garden. Children get to help plant, water and harvest
these vegetables. We also have fun making things out of our vegetables
like strawberry or raspberry jam.
Finally extending further to the east is ¼ mile of nature trails with
wild flower beds, prairie grass and lots of mature trees. Teacher guided
nature hikes will provide lots of fun opportunities to learn about the
many miracles of nature. A small hut will be located at the far end of
the trail with windows for watching and learning to identify wild birds.
So much to do and see!
We invite you to come see Little Explorers Nature Center Preschool for
yourself. We would love to show you and your special child around!