The Children's Nature Academy has collaborations with other programs in the community. Find out more about the programs we work with
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) - a federal program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children receiving day care.
Eau Claire for Tomorrow
The Program is a contracted Eau Claire for Tomorrow (EC4T) partner provider with
the Eau Claire Area School District's 4-year-old kindergarten program.Children enrolled must be 4 on or before
September 1st. They must reside in the school district's boundaries
and meet minimum hour requirements to be eligible to participate. We continue
to place first priority on children of university students, faculty, and staff
and then children from the community. The Academy registers those children who want 4K with extended
care.The school district registers
those children who want only 4K after the deadline date for priority
enrollments.If a child resides in
another Wisconsin school district that provides four year old kindergarten,
families may apply for open enrollment before the February deadline of the
preceding school year with their home school district.Please contact your home school district for
their policy and procedures.
Eclipse, an AmeriCorps program, recruits UWEC students to work with some of the children
in the Program.Eclipse's goal is to
meet the needs of young children by providing partner sites with enthusiastic
and well-trained young adults to assist in our classrooms.They provide children with one on one
attention to build on the development of language, literacy, and social skills.
Each school year the UW-Eau Claire Children's Nature Academy partners with UWEC
Eclipse to serve children who qualify for the program.
Additional collaborations have been established within various departments at the university.Volunteers, university student observers,
student teachers, and practicum students as well as personnel from the
partnering agencies are seen at the Academy at various times throughout the
year.Staff is always present when these
visitors are with children.Exceptions
occur to this only with signed and written permission from a parent or guardian
for a specific activity.
Beaver Creek Nature Reserve
Beaver Creek Nature Reserve is located just outside Eau Claire and is known for its diverse
natural habitats.Located on 400 acres
of natural beauty, the reserve has abundant resources to offer children and
families.Beaver Creek's naturalists
have developed a nature immersion curriculum which the Children's Nature
Academy utilizes within their program. As a collaborative partner who shares a common mission with our program
we appreciate their help and support as we establish ongoing programming.
The Bluebird Experience Project
Thanks to the Bluebird Experience Project, the UW-EC Children's Nature academy is proud
to host a bluebird trail on the Priory grounds. The trail offers children the opportunity to become "citizen scientists"
as they tend to the care and monitoring of the bluebird houses.The program tracks data to send to Cornell
Lab of Ornithology.The project teaches
children that they can make a difference in helping the environment as they
strive toward preserving the habitats of songbirds in Wisconsin