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Outdoor Learning Decks

Our outdoor learning decks are the perfect place for our preschoolers to do any of their indoor activities out in the open air. We have nine decks located throughout our campus and each deck has it’s own shade, sink with soap and water, and storage cabinet filled will different activities the children can do on the decks. CMP preschoolers love to eat their lunch and do other preschool activities while surrounded by trees and nature. One deck is dedicated to our Imagination Playground blocks – children love getting creative while constructing forts and other awesome creations. Our outdoor learning decks provide separate areas that teachers can hold class outdoors which create infinite possibilities at Carmel Mountain Preschool for outdoor learning.


Carmel Mountain Preschool is located on three lush acres with three separate playgrounds that are customized for the age group they serve.

We have playgrounds designed for the following ages:

Toddler & Two-Year-Old Playground
Three-Year-Old Playground
Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Prep Playground
We also have our Grassy Soccer field & Lower outdoor Grassy area for games and sports, as well as events and concerts.

The Art Studio

The Studio is nestled up in the corner of The Glenn right next to The Nature Lab. This outdoor educational environment is magical and a very special place for the children at Carmel Mountain Preschool.

Our studio offers a variety of projects including ongoing installations, sculptures, bookmaking, sewing, collages, drawing, and painting. The children explore a variety of materials ranging from recycled objects, natural found objects, wire, yarn, clay and paint.

The Glenn Garden

Our wonderful Glenn is home to both the Art Studio, the Nature Science Lab, and Tinker Hollow which can be seen just as one ascends the stairs into this magical little paradise.

The Glenn has multiple garden beds where the preschoolers get the opportunity to learn about how to grow their own food. The children learn through planned, hands-on activities and observations. The preschool students have composting bins in each of their classrooms and they get to see the process of how the apple core they had left over from lunch can fertilize the tomatoes they are growing.

The Nature Science Lab

The Nature Science Lab serves as a home base for conducting life science activities. The children learn through planned, hands-on activities and observations.

We spend time in the Nature Science Lab studying and caring for our creature friends including our collection of animals. In the Lab, one will find captive bugs, amphibians, and reptiles.

The Nature Science Lab is a wonderful addition to our beloved Glenn, and a favorite learning place for our children. Please stop by and check it out for yourself.

Tinker Hollow

The Tinkering Studio, or Tinker Hollow as it is affectionately known, is tucked away in the northwest corner of The Glenn. Surrounded and beautiful passion fruit vines and filled with imagination, Tinker Hollow is a wondrous environment for preschoolers to develop fine motor skills and explore new avenues of critical thinking.

Tinker Hollow is another exciting educational environment that helps make The Glenn so special. It’s a special place where children can explore their inner tinkers. As a wise man once said, “I think, therefore I am.”

The Chicken Coop

Two important life skills for preschool children to learn are empathy and caring for others. One of the ways that young children can learn these important skills is by caring for plants and animals. Carmel Mountain Preschool students have the opportunity to help care for plants and different reptiles, amphibians and bugs in the Nature Lab but we wanted the preschoolers to have access to different types of animals. Every year we hatch chicks in an incubator in our Kindergarten Prep classroom. Our preschool students love to learn how a chick grows from an embryo and watch the chicks hatch and interact with them.

Musical Garden

Carmel Mountain Preschool is a magical place especially for toddlers and preschoolers. We have created some very special spaces that really allow our children to explore and learn through movement. One of those very special places is our Musical Garden. The Musical Garden is filled with instruments set up in a natural loop on a slope so the children can run around from each instrument to play. Running from each instrument to the other allows the children to get out their energy so they have an easier time connecting to the music when they arrive. This also allows for many children to play a variety of instruments at the same time – children can play instruments together or by themselves.

Organic Coffee and Tea Bar

Two of our Core Values at Carmel Mountain Preschool are, “We are a fun, loving, supportive family,” and “We are organic,”. We want our parents, visitors and staff to feel like they are welcome, they are a part of our family, and they are taken care of. To help us make you feel at home we have created an Organic Coffee & Tea Bar at Carmel Mountain Preschool that is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am until 1:00pm. You are welcome to come serve yourself some yummy organic coffee, organic tea or organic fresh fruit anytime our Organic Coffee & Tea Bar is open.

Ecofriendly Organic CMP

Here at Carmel Mountain Preschool, we are committed to the environment and the health of our students. In order to accomplish this, we must be conscious of our environment and what we eat, which is why we make sustainable choices!

We serve organic fruits or organic vegetables with every snack so our children are getting the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow. We have an on-site cook that strives to create healthy and nutritious snacks that appeal to our young customers and encourage them to try new things.

We have solar panels and our entire school is outfitted with a special HEPA air filtration system with Air Scrubber Plus to naturally reduce germs and smells.

This is just the tip of what we do to be healthy and environmentally conscious.

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