The Willoughby-Eastlake Preschool will be participating in a pilot program with the Holden Arboretum this school year. The Preschool students will be engaged in a program called Sprouting Young Scientists (SPYS). SPYS is a preschool outreach program in which a Holden Forests and Gardens Guide will visit classrooms for four seasonal programs across the school year. These 45 minute visits will be delivered in the fall (October), winter (January), spring (April) and summer (July). The content of the programs is themed around plant science and are delivered through literature. Students will participate in hands-on activity stations which are supported by fictional and nonfictional books. Each program is a building block for the next, connecting science and literacy through all four seasons. Sammy the Scientist Squirrel, a fictional character from the books, helps guide each session. Students will be excited to explore the world of science along with Sammy.