Prairie Flower Children’s Center

is an outdoor-immersed, belonging-based and play-based early childhood education center. We are located within Ames city limits but we have 14 acres of woodlands, creeks, and ravines to explore.

Our mission is to provide learning experiences that nurture in children their innate capacities for imagination & wonder while instilling the sense that they belong unconditionally. We consider the natural world as a co-teacher and we strive to strengthen connections to community and to the natural world for all children and families who seek those connections. We honor and strive to uphold the freedom of an unpressured and unhurried childhood as essential for healthy development and a healthy future.

In Fall 2021, we will offer a preschool/ mixed-age kindergarten (ages 3-6), a parent-child playgroup for (ages 14-month-3 years) and several after school outdoor nature clubs (K-12).

We invite you to explore our site and learn about our unique vision for early childhood education.